I’ve never really paid much attention to counterfeit money reports. I don’t normally carry cash, and when I do have cash it comes from the bank’s ATM machine. The bank checks their money, so it can’t be counterfeit, right? WRONG!!!!
My husband got some money out of the ATM machine Sunday morning. Later in the day, he handed me $30, a 20 and 10, so I could make a quick trip to the grocery store. After paying with the money that came from the bank’s ATM machine, I got funny looks from the cashier and she took off to the office. The lady in the office called more people in and they all stared and whispered about me. Finally, the cashier came back and informed me that my $20 bill was not good. It was counterfeit.
I called my husband and the store called the police to come in and check things out. I wrote a check for my groceries, although the lady in the office didn’t seem to like that very much, either. When I went with the bag boy to put my groceries in the car, I thought the two left in the office, who were watching my every move, were going to have a stroke because I walked out of the store.
I had to wait about five minutes for the police to arrive. When the officer got there, he took a statement from the lady in the office and then came to talk to me. I had to go to the police station to do some paper work and make a formal statement.
My husband arrived about the time I was leaving to go to the police station. He went with me and filled out a form saying where the money came from and that he had been the one to give it to me.
While the officer was very nice and assured me that he didn’t think I was producing counterfeit money, those at the store were another story. I know the store has a procedure they have to follow, but I was just as innocent in this as they were. I won’t be shopping there again.
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