A funny thing happened at lunch the other day… While waiting at the counter for the cashier to take my order, I overheard an interesting exchange between the guy next to me and the cashier that was helping him. He ordered his sandwich and then went to pay with a couple of two dollar bills. The cashier, a young woman of about twenty, was incredulous…
Cashier: What’s this?
Guy: A two dollar bill.
Cashier: Huh? Really?
Guy: Yeah, really.
Cashier: Are you sure it’s real money?
Guy: Yeah, it’s real.
Cashier: Are you sure? When did they start making these?
Guy: Over a hundred years ago. [Note: The $2 denomination was first introduced in July 1862]
Cashier: No way. There’s no such thing as a two dollar bill.
Guy: Yeah, there is. They don’t make ’em anymore [Note: They actually do still make these — see below], but it’s real money.
At this point, I interjected that she needn’t worry unless he tried to pass off a three dollar bill. She gave me a quizzical look and then checked with a co-worker. Sure enough, two dollar bills are real, the co-worker said. And shortly thereafter life at the lunch counter returned to normal.
Kind of reminds me of this story, or perhaps this one (login required, use BugMeNot), although security didn’t get involved, nobody was arrested, and the secret service wasn’t needed to straighten things out.