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'71Bay

1/26/2010 10:39:11 AM
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The 2 dollar bill

I came across this in my e-mail and had a good laugh. I think if some of you have one of these you should try to use it and see what happens.  
 
THE $2.00 BILL I TRIED TO SPEND:  
IF YOU'RE AS OLD AS I AM, THIS IS A RIOT!  
 
Everyone should start carrying $2 bills! I am STILL laughing!! I think we need to quit saving our $2 bills and bring them out in public. The younger generation doesn't even know they exist.  
 
STORY:  
On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill.  
 
Me: 'Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go.'  
Server: 'That'll be $1.04. Eat in?'  
Me: 'No, it's to go.' At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.  
Server: 'Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back.'  
 
He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them:  
 
Server: 'Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?'  
Manager 'No. A what?'  
Server: 'A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me...'  
Manager: 'Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill.'  
Server: 'Yeah, thought so.'  
 
He comes back to me and says, 'We don't take these. Do you have anything else?'  
 
Me: 'Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?'  
Server: 'I don't know.'  
Me: 'See here where it says legal tender?'  
Server: 'Yeah.'  
Me: 'So, why won't you take it?'  
Server: 'Well, hang on a sec.'  
 
He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter, and says to him, 'He says I have to take it.'  
 
Manager: 'Doesn't he have anything else?'  
Server: 'Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change.  
Manager: 'I'm not opening the safe with him in here.'  
Server: 'What should I do?'  
Manager: 'Tell him to come back later when he has real money.'  
Server: 'I can't tell him that! You tell him.'  
Manager: 'Just tell him.'  
Server: 'No way! This is weird. I'm going in back.  
 
The manager approaches me and says, 'I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night.'  
 
Me: 'It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill.'  
Manager: 'We don't take those, either.'  
Me: 'Why not?'  
Manager: 'I think you know why.'  
Me: 'No really, tell me why.'  
Manager 'Please leave before I call mall security.'  
Me: 'Excuse me?'  
Manager: 'Please leave before I call mall security.'  
Me: 'What on earth for?'  
Manager: 'Please, sir.'  
Me: 'Uh, go ahead, call them.'  
Manager: 'Would you please just leave?'  
Me: 'No.'  
Manager: 'Fine - have it your way then.'  
Me: 'Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?'  
 
At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.  
 
Guard: 'Yeah, Mike, what's up?'  
Manager (whispering): 'This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money.'  
Guard: 'No kidding! What?'  
Manager: 'Get this. A two dollar bill.'  
Guard (incredulous): 'Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?'  
Manager: 'I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty.'  
Guard: 'Oh, so the fifty's fake!'  
Manager: 'No, the two dollar bill is.'  
Guard: 'Why would he fake a two dollar bill?'  
Manager : 'I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?'  
Guard: 'Yeah.'  
 
Security Guard walks over to me and...  
 
Guard: 'Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use.'  
Me: 'Uh, no.'  
Guard: 'Lemme see 'em.'  
Me: 'Why?'  
Guard: 'Do you want me to get the cops in here?'  
 
At this point I am ready to say, ' Sure, please!' but I want to eat, so I say, 'I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill.  
 
I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and he says, 'Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?'  
 
Manager: 'It's fake.'  
Guard: 'It doesn't look fake to me.'  
Manager: 'But it's a two dollar bill.'  
Guard: 'Yeah? '  
Manager: 'Well, there's no such thing, is there?'  
 
The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue and is an idiot. So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too. Made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff.  
 
Just think... those two will be voting soon!!?!  
 
YIKES!!!  
 
Too late, we already have a nation full of them

 
 
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mel3737

1/26/2010 10:45:40 AM
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Awsome

I would never think that people don't know what they are. But when you start thinking about it they have not been produced for a long time. I know I have my stash at home, and they are not moving! I work in retail and every once in a blue moon I see one and smile, then promptly buy it from my till to add to my collection

*enter name here*

1/26/2010 10:46:29 AM
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Haha

Thanks for the laugh. I should pull mine out and try it. Or maybe I'll wait until I'm 40. I'm only 23 and know what it is.

~Tammy~

1/26/2010 11:09:47 AM
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Dec 2005
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Haha

i honestly laughed my way through this one. Thanks for the laugh

*M*

1/26/2010 11:16:49 AM
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hehehe!

Too funny!! I have my own $2 bill experience...although not quite as intense as yours its pretty funny as well.  
 
I was just finishing work and had done as mel3737 said - bought a $2 from my till to add to my collection - I went to safeway to buy a pack of gum. Realising I didn't have any other cash and did not want to use my debit for such a small amount I pulled out my $2 bill.  
So the girl rang me in (she didnt look a day over 16) and asked for my safeway card and airmiles and what not. I think the total was $1.63 or something.  
So I hand her the $2 bill and she looks and it and then says "Im sorry ma'am I just started a few days ago and I am not sure how to enter US cash into the register, do you have any other form of payment?"  
 
I look at her for a second thinking she is joking but quickly realise she isn't...like really! Its pink! and it says "Governement of Canada" right across it....and looks NOTHING like a US bill.  
 
I was nice about it and just politely said "Actually its a Canadian bill and pointed out the 'Government of Canada' writtin on it"...She went a deep shade of red, apologised and quickly rang me through.  
 
Thank goodness for her there was nobody behin me in line!! HAHA.

tha dude

1/26/2010 11:17:02 AM
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Jun 2006
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lol

thats awesome, you know how old you are when...  
 
thats like the 50's with the mounties on the back...  
 

Gingerjo

1/26/2010 11:22:26 AM
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That's so funny

I have a stack of these at home. It would be interesting to see who doesn't know what they are...lol

Bisonlander

1/26/2010 11:31:04 AM
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$2 bill

Many years ago I was told that decent people didn't carry $2 bills. The story goes that $2 was the price of a prostitute way back when. If a woman had a $2 bill it immediately called into question how she obtained it and if a man had one it indicated his plans.

anknmn

1/26/2010 11:49:41 AM
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Oct 2008
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...

  
Bisonlander said "Many years ago I was told that decent people didn't carry $2 bills. The story goes that $2 was the price of a prostitute way back when. If a woman had a $2 bill it immediately called into question how she obtained it and if a man had one it indicated his plans. "

That is a hold over from the American distrust of $2 bills ... the legend is that when you get a two dollar bill you are to tear off a corner for good luck ... and if you're the recipient of the bill with the four corners torn off you are supposed to tear it up and be out $2 ...  
 
I've never understood it ... but it is part of the folklore around two's.  
 
I'd never heard these stories in Canada, but it doesn't surprise me ... somewhere I have a stack of sequential two's that I kept when it was announced they were being discontinued for the twoonie ...  
 
I wonder how a $1 bill would be recieved now?? ... I have some of them somewhere too ...

mel3737

1/26/2010 12:25:16 PM
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Nov 2008
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What?

We had a $1 bill too? Before my time obviously (21 yrs old). Oh the information lost through the generations.

*Mittens*

1/26/2010 12:33:52 PM
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haha yes..

We had both 1 and 2 dollar bills.

Boo Boo

1/26/2010 12:57:57 PM
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Nov 2009
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Shinplasters

were the nickname of the 25 cent bill in the early 30's. I remember my dad had some in his treasure box in the 1960's. Dont know what ever happened to them. Canada also had a 4 dollar bill which was replaced by the 5 dollar bill.

Max

1/26/2010 1:32:17 PM
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No longer legal tender

If memory serves me, when they phased in the loonie, then the toonie, it was well publicized that after a certain date, the $1 and $2 bills would no longer be legal tender and everyone was advised to either use them or trade them in at the bank. There was a period of grace, but that has passed long long ago.

2.1

1/26/2010 1:36:44 PM
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Jan 2010
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I

think it's pretty cool, when young people(because some of you gave away your age) know stuff from the past, shows that you were paying attention and you were interested; a quality lost on many of our youth today. One of my favorite things in the world is listening to the older gen and I know they enjoy being listened to. Much can be learned from those that came before us; and in the same breath, it works the same way, the other way around though as well.  
Sorry to go off topic, but that's what it made me think of.

CL

1/26/2010 1:37:01 PM
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Nov 2007
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@Max

No, they're still legal tender. If you went down to a store and used your old two dollar bill, by law they still have to accept it (but will they? who knows)  
 
My mom got a $1 bill in her change about 14 years ago, now that was a treat!  
 
As for the story, it happened in the US I believe, the two dollar bill was less popular than the 50 cent coin was here in Canada (I remember the mint was circulating them last time in '02 but banks didn't want to deal with them)

anknmn

1/26/2010 1:38:57 PM
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...

There is I believe no time limit on the "legal tender" status of money ... you can take any bill or coin to a bank and it will be taken at face value ... collectors may take it for more and businesses CAN refuse to take it - but it does remain legal tender. The problem is that the older bills are more easily copied and counterfeited, so businesses are wary of them ... but they remain legal tender at face value.  

anknmn

1/26/2010 3:36:15 PM
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50 cent piece ...

The 50 cent piece is still circulated ... I've actually gotten them in change here in Brandon from time to time.  
 
They are however, usually minted for the collector market rather then for general circulation - but they do make thier way into regular circulation from time to time.  
 
What was dropped in coins was the traditional voyageur canoe design backed silver dollar (did you know that technically the FRONT of our coins are the effigy of the Queen's head (King's head prior to 1953) and the REVERSE is the designs??) in 1986.

KnittingMom

1/26/2010 4:53:03 PM
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Oct 2009
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still legal tender

  
CL said "No, they're still legal tender. If you went down to a store and used your old two dollar bill, by law they still have to accept it (but will they? who knows)  
 
My mom got a $1 bill in her change about 14 years ago, now that was a treat!  
 
As for the story, it happened in the US I believe, the two dollar bill was less popular than the 50 cent coin was here in Canada (I remember the mint was circulating them last time in '02 but banks didn't want to deal with them) "

Yes, the $2 is still legal tender and the store is suppose to take them. But when said store does their bank deposit up, and if they include that $2 in their deposit the bank will take the $2 out of circulation.

Robert D. Brown

1/26/2010 5:43:11 PM
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Jan 2009
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I have

close to $200 in two dollar bills back at my parents farm lol we saved them when they came out with the toonies.  
 
I am only 21 and I clearly remember my mom and dad giving me $2 bills all the time so I could buy candy or drinks.  
 
I will have to grab some next time I am out visiting them and bring them back to have some fun with lol.  
 
Thanks for the laugh, I needed it!

hadi

1/29/2010 12:34:00 AM
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Apr 2009
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looking for a $500 bill

I have a 2 , and I have $1000, both the deveals head and normal , i also have all the others royal and none royal but I have been looking for the $500 for 6 years now and can not get one , so if you have one and wanna sell it let me know  
 
BTW , in the US they have a $2 bill as well but no one carries it as it is bad luck  

CL

1/29/2010 12:39:49 AM
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Nov 2007
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Hadi1 said "I have a 2 , and I have $1000, both the deveals head and normal , i also have all the others royal and none royal but I have been looking for the $500 for 6 years now and can not get one , so if you have one and wanna sell it let me know  
 
BTW , in the US they have a $2 bill as well but no one carries it as it is bad luck  
"

eBay is a good resource.  
 
I was VERY close to obtaining an 1858 20 cent coin for $20 a few years back, but I decided against it. I did get the original 1935 silver dollar for a nice sum 10 years back!

Nordberg

1/29/2010 8:42:35 AM
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Apr 2005
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The only problem...

is if you spend a two dollar bill and the business does not give it to someone as change. When it arrives at the bank, they are to take it out of circulation and then it gets destroyed for the mint.  
 
So, if someone pays you with a $2 bill, make sure to give it to someone else as change... or but it yourself.


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