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Best Buy Has Man Arrested for Using $2 Bills

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the buyer-beware dept.

The Almighty Buck 2088

An anonymous reader writes "Mike Bolesta of Baltimore thought he would protest Best Buy's not-so-great customer service and pay his bill with 57 $2 bills. For his trouble he got to spend some time in the county lock-up." From the article: "..Bolesta was contacted by the store, and was threated with police action if he did not pay the [installation] fee he was told before did not exist. As a sign of protest, Bolesta decided to pay using only $2 bills, which he has an abundance of because he asks his bank for them specifically. Unfortunately for him, the cashier did not seem to understand that the $2 bill is indeed legal US tender, since the bill itself is not often used. After rudely refusing to take the money, the cashier accepted the bills, only to mark them as though they were conterfeit."

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Law Enforcement Ahoy.... (5, Interesting)

Alaren (682568) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182589)

Wow.

You know, that a Best Buy would have such an ignorant cashier (who now claims the bills were "smudged" and so "appeared to be counterfeit") does not surprise me in the least. It happens. Lots of people are stupid.

What scares me (and surprises me a little, though less than it probably should) is that this guy made it all the way to the county lock-up on the suspicions of one cashier (who in all likelihood is little more than an overimaginative freshman from the local community college). Holding the "perp" in temporary custody right there at the store while someone examined the bills would probably have been going too far, but at least it would have been a semi-routine excersize in caution rather than time in a cell.

IANAL and I don't know what makes for a good wrongful arrest suit, but I hope this guy gets something for his trouble. This kind of paranoia is disturbing enough among the unwashed, paranoid, intellectually barren cannon fodder of America; I would expect the full-fledged adults working in law enforcement to have significantly cooler heads.

P.S. FP!?

Re:Law Enforcement Ahoy.... (0, Offtopic)

FosterKanig (645454) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182604)

You got the first post! Be sure to tell everyone on your buddy list!!!

Slashdot...? (5, Funny)

Alaren (682568) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182620)

Come on, man. I got the first post on a frontpage Slashdot article.

How many people could possibly be on my buddy list? d^_^b

Re:Law Enforcement Ahoy.... (5, Interesting)

Y0tsuya (659802) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182721)

I'm not surprised either. Turnover rate is high and many of them are students working part-time. Once I had a cashier insisting that I present a photo ID along with my photo credit card. I politely pointed out that the whole point of having a photo on my credit card is so that I won't have to show my driver licence, which in my case is the same exact picture. "Store policy," she said, at which point I understood that she's a new trainee and must have felt it's better to be safe than sorry. So I showed my ID and everybody's happy. I guess my point is: try not to confuse the poor cashier.

Re:Law Enforcement Ahoy.... (4, Funny)

El Cubano (631386) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182777)

You know, that a Best Buy would have such an ignorant cashier (who now claims the bills were "smudged" and so "appeared to be counterfeit") does not surprise me in the least. It happens. Lots of people are stupid.

You should try paying in Susan B. Anthony dollars someplace. Even though coins are struck with "One dollar" right on the face, some people insist that they are quarters. Very annoying.

Re:Law Enforcement Ahoy.... (3, Informative)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182798)

What scares me ... is that this guy made it all the way to the county lock-up on the suspicions of one cashier.
That cashier didn't get him arrested all by himself. Somebody had to convince the cops that they guy was up to no good. I doubt if a single cashier can do that. So we have to spread the blame to the store manager and the cop making the arrest. Not to mention that nobody in the store or cop shop knew enough to point out that there are $2 bills!

Re:Law Enforcement Ahoy.... (5, Funny)

Virtual Karma (862416) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182805)

Let all the /.ers unite and protest. Lets not buy from Best Buy. Let the bastards starve. Then all the employees there, including the cashier will have to pose nude for 'PlayBoy Best Buy edition'. I really dig that blonde chick at the store... finally I can get a glimpse ;)

It happens a lot (5, Funny)

Greg Wright (104533) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182591)

Truthfully, I would find it strange as well. I have not seen a $2 bill
in a long long time. Same thing with all those $1 coins. However,
people tend to accept strange coin amounts a lot easier then paper
money amounts.

It happens more then you might think. For a funny story about trying
to use a $2 bill at Taco Bell, check this out:

http://www.digiserve.com/eescape/closet/silly/2- at -Taco-Bell.html

However, I see it on the web attributed to at least 3 different
authors, so I doubt it really happened.

Re:It happens a lot (1)

HardJeans (793993) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182618)

4 oh 4...Silly /., and their spaces. Try this link [digiserve.com] .

Clickable link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182621)

Clickety Click [digiserve.com]

Re:It happens a lot (1)

Rightcoast (807751) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182682)

Snopes' take on the Taco Bell $2 bill incident

http://www.snopes.com/humor/business/tacobell.htm

Re:It happens a lot (5, Interesting)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182694)

It did happen [snopes.com]

It was first published on the net by Captain Sarcastic who ran alt.captain.sarcastic. It was borrowed by others and attributed to anonymous and other sources. I knew Captain Sarcastic at the time (actually, had known him for years) and he was quite upset about it all.

I can't prove it happened, but Kurt Koller (AKA Captain Sarcastic) originally wrote it.

Re:It happens a lot (1)

cryogenix (811497) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182776)

I saw some "new" ones the other day. Either they were new, or not circulated in a very long time. An older friend of the family gave one to each of my kids.

Age old excuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182593)

For Baltimore County police, said spokesman Bill Toohey, "It's a sign that we're all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world."

WTF? First the increased rights of the government to do what they want and now the undeserving arrest of a man for paying money with legal tender.
I'm tired of all of this "for your safety" bullshit. I'm tired of major corporations attacking 13-year old girls. I'm fucking sick and tired of the way the "little guy" is treated. While I know that the "little guy" is always picked on (harsh work environments, lack of unions, etc in the 1800s) the only reason it improves is because people complain and do something about it. While myself going out and using legal $2 bills won't really have an impact I want to make a difference.
If I were to create a wiki of legal information and list a "who to contact" in each state through whatever proper channels would anyone here be willing to help out?
I want to be heard and I want others to be heard. I want to make it easy. I want people to know how. No ads. No profit. Completely out of pocket. Donations welcomed if the bandwidth becomes to expensive (I'll have list of costs and remaining funds to show donations are not wasted.)
Any thoughts?

the cashier may have been stupid... (3, Insightful)

Prophetic_Truth (822032) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182596)

the cashier may have been stupid, but what cop would lock you up for using $2 bills? Shouldn't a government employee know of such dominations? I was under the impression cops need evidence before arresting you.

Re:the cashier may have been stupid... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182731)

Have you not heard of the "patriot act".....

Re:the cashier may have been stupid... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182775)

I was under the impression cops need evidence before arresting you.

No. They only to believe they have probable cause. Which part of this magical experiment called freedom in American. And with one Judge's pen, it went poof!

The Two Dollar Man (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182597)

As a sign of protest, Bolesta decided to pay using only $2 bills
Here is a link [www.gnn.tv] that doesn't require registration.

Man what a rebel. Two dollar bills, can you believe it!

I find this whole story hard to swallow, I worked at a grocery store all through high-school and I knew this guy who would pay in $2 bills all the time, I can't say it really bothered me other then there isn't a place in the till to put them.

I find it hard to believe that someone has NEVER seen a $2 bill. It's not like they are hard to come across. Surely there must have been another reason for him being arrested...

Re:The Two Dollar Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182683)

I find it hard to believe that someone has NEVER seen a $2 bill.

I have never seen a $2 bill.

It's been 30 years... (4, Insightful)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182690)


It's been 30 years since I've seen a $2 bill, but I don't work in retail.

People typically don't work in retail very long, and retail sales people often aren't 30 years old, so there must be many who have never seen a $2 bill.

Outrageously exceeding authority (0)

thundercatslair (809424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182600)

I don't understand how he was arrested, FTA "To be handcuffed, to have all those people looking on, to be cuffed to a pole". Does best buy have some kind of law enforcement authority now? How can they just handcuff him to a pole?

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182630)

They can't and there are numerous complaints against bestbuy for false imprisonment, battery, and other related crimes due to thier over zealous security staff.

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (2, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182638)

Jeez, where does it say that Best Buy arrested him?

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (1)

thundercatslair (809424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182657)

Well, it doesn't, but why would the police handcuff and tie him to a pole?

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (4, Informative)

Grrr (16449) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182653)

From the Guerilla News Network, [www.gnn.tv] perhaps the original interview:

"I'm sitting there in a chair. The store's full of people watching this. All of a sudden, [a Baltimore County cop is] standing me up and handcuffing me behind my back, telling me, 'We have to do this until we get it straightened out.' Bolesta was then taken to the county police lockup in Cockeysville, where he sat handcuffed to a pole and in leg irons [for three hours] while the Secret Service was called in."

Best Buy isn't the worst villain here. Beware Baltimore County...

<grrr>

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (3, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182768)

It's bad enough he was arrested and imprisoned for using legal tender...but locked up in Cockeysville? That, my fellow posters, is torture.

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (3, Insightful)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182803)

To paraphrase a poster on Fark.com (can't give you an exact quote, they spilled beer on their database :) "I feel sorry for the Secret Service agent. You train for years to bust big counterfeiters, and then you get called for this."

It's a well known fact that Best Buy hires only the stupidest people it can find, but a cop ought to at least know what currencies are legal.

Re:Outrageously exceeding authority (5, Informative)

MisterLawyer (770687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182667)

FTA, he ended up in a county jail, so at some point the county sheriffs must have played a role in this, so they are probably the ones who arrested him.

Best Buy security guards (aka "rent-a-cops") do not have the authority to make an actual arrest, but in some states can have limited authority to temporarily detain someone while waiting for the real police to arrive. (btw, IAAL)

Shouldn't a manager have intervened? (3, Interesting)

LivinFree (468341) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182603)

What kind of fool would allow that to happen? Is this just another excuse to dislike a major corporation because they obviously hired a moron?

Re:Shouldn't a manager have intervened? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182634)


because they obviously hired a moron?

if you pay peanuts all you get are monkeys

Re:Shouldn't a manager have intervened? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182677)

if you pay peanuts all you get are monkeys

Or elephants.

Re:Shouldn't a manager have intervened? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182804)

I wouldn't expect the manager to intervene if the government sided with the "moron".

Disgusting (5, Insightful)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182607)

For Baltimore County police, said spokesman Bill Toohey, "It's a sign that we're all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world."

Yeah, potentially counterfeit (as judged by a Best Buy employee!) $2 bills are top on my priority list after 9/11. It's so I can't even sleep at night. Thank god we've got people like "spokesman" Bill Toohey protecting us. I don't know what's scarier: That he'd say something like that, or that there's probably a couple hundred million Americans who would nod their heads in "understanding".

This story has everything: Evil Best Buy. Stupid and ignorant employees with a bizarre sense of power and no sense of customer service. Questionable law enforcement policies. Idiot using 9/11 as the ultimate cop-out.

The only problem with the story is that this time the Feds came in and the situation got better.

Mr. Mike Bolesta, please do not rest until everyone responsible for this debacle is severely reprimanded, fined, or has their employment terminated. They are your oppressors. Rise up against them.

9/11? WTF? (5, Insightful)

Cutriss (262920) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182608)

For Baltimore County police, said spokesman Bill Toohey, "It's a sign that we're all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world."

WTF DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING???

I had better not find myself jaywalking next time I go to Otakon, or else I might get shot on sight. You know how those terrorists are always committing minor felonies and misdemeanors...

Re:9/11? WTF? (4, Funny)

Rightcoast (807751) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182655)

::Firmly tougue in cheek::

Maybe he installed the radio to listen to terrorist broadcasts.
Maybe he was laundering money for the terrorists.
Maybe he was just distracting the area law enforcement so that a greater scheme could be employed without hinderence.
You just never know, and everyone is a suspect.
Remember, If you spend your two dollar bills, Al-Queda wins.

::Removes tongue from cheek::
Laughable, if it wasn't the mindset of the person who spoke it.

Re:9/11? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182727)

If you live in Baltimore County, it's a heads up that someone needs to be put out of work. Honestly, even Toohey. Something like this is completely unacceptable. His civil rights were violated for using government sanctioned money. If Toohey can't come clean and call a spade a garden tool, he's not serving the residents who pay his salary. They should be getting their monies worth. If that means he's moving four kids into a maytag box under the overpass, that's life.

Re:9/11? WTF? (1)

KarmaMB84 (743001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182763)

Possession of perfectly legal two dollar bills is a sure sign you also possess a bomb vest!

Re:9/11? WTF? (5, Insightful)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182770)

In the post-9/11 world, you can blame your stupidity on living in the post-9/11 world.

It finally happened (4, Funny)

Illserve (56215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182610)

Americans got too stupid to accept our own currency.

What's next?

Re:It finally happened (2, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182729)

Not "finally". Americans have been ignorant for a long time. You know why one particular state [rattlesnakes.com] issues license plates that say "USA" on them? Because before they did that, their residents couldn't drive in other states without being pulled over and asked for their passports!

Re:It finally happened (4, Insightful)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182730)

Well, it's not necessarily stupid per se, but there will hopefully be a few lawsuits over this bullshit. False arrest, defamation, etc. And I think Best Buy should be charged criminally with refusing to accept legal US currency, if that's a law anywhere on the books.

Taco Bell Story (1, Redundant)

slapout (93640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182616)

Reminds me of this $2 bill story:

http://www.digiserve.com/eescape/closet/silly/2- at -Taco-Bell.html

Re:Taco Bell Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182650)

Re:Taco Bell Story (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182720)

Thanks.

Similar Story... (1, Redundant)

MisterLawyer (770687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182617)

Almost the same thing happened at Taco Bell [digiserve.com] , but fortunately the security guard that arrived on the scene knew about $2 bills.

Also, here's a jpg of both sides of a $2 bill [digiserve.com] in case anybody on /. has never seen one.

Re:Similar Story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182788)

So, can I print this off and use it at Best Buy?

FUCK YOU BEST BUY (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182623)

bunch of motherfucking scumbag asshole douchebag pieces of shit!

BestBuy cashier broke the law (3, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182624)

Unfortunately for him, the cashier did not seem to understand that the $2 bill is indeed legal US tender

So the headline should say "BestBuy cashier broke the law".

Re:BestBuy cashier broke the law (4, Interesting)

sweetooth (21075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182716)

Well not exactly. I believe it is the coinage act of 1967 (76?) that says vendors do _not_ have to take any form of legal tender if they disclose what they _will_ accept up front. If you attempt to pay with legal tender and are declined without them telling you they don't accept that form of payment up front they you are no longer responsible for providing payment. Interpretations of the law vary though.

Re:BestBuy cashier broke the law (2, Interesting)

Xoro (201854) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182732)

So the headline should say "BestBuy cashier broke the law".

Legal tender here means not illegal. It's perfectly legal to not accept it, just like it's perfectly legal not to accept bills over $20, or whatever. And for what happened after, I don't think it's illegal to report what you think is a crime, even if it turns out not to be one.

So stupid, yes, illegal, no.

Re:BestBuy cashier broke the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182756)

You have to post that in most jurisdictions. And plenty of those chuckle heads accept Canadian money.

Okay... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182625)

Yes yes, that's great. But now for the question we're all wondering about: Did he go for the service plan?

_
. [paware.com]

Gift cards... (1)

ravage386 (829097) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182632)

He should have just used a stack of Best Buy gift cards.

Any Legal eagles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182636)

How much can this guy sue the police and Best Buy for? Emotional damage, humiliation etc etc?

Re:Any Legal eagles? (0, Redundant)

tivoKlr (659818) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182709)

That is what I was wondering. This has to be worth some money. Just saying, sorry, I'm an idiot shouldn't be enough...

How can this not be a dupe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182637)

I've already seen this posted on multiple internet forums two days ago...

Re:How can this not be a dupe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182725)

Congratulations. You are too well informed for slashdot. I suggest you leave.

Reminds me of the $2 Taco Bell Story (3, Interesting)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182643)

http://www.snopes.com/humor/business/tacobell.htm [snopes.com]

At least Snopes got this right. The piece was originally written by a guy going by Captain Sarcastic (Kurt Koller) who had his own usenet group. I knew the guy back in the 80's and the story is precisely the kind of thing that happened to him (and it was his style of writing as well).

He got quite upset when several sources borrowed it and attributed it to "anonymous" sources.

Can you say LAWSUIT (1)

torrents (827493) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182651)

I'd be surprised if this didn't result in a defamation of character lawsuit...

$2 bill y'all (1)

shbazjinkens (776313) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182656)

I use them for tips and I've had a few waitresses give me nasty looks as if I was leaving them fake bills. It happens to $2 bill users a lot, actually.

Re:$2 bill y'all (1)

rayzat (733303) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182781)

On a similar note. My roommate and I used to eat at one dinner quite frequently in college so frequently we were on a first name basis with and the staff. We went for lunch one day just after the new dollar coins came out. We each left two coins as tip for our lunch. We came by later that evening to get a snack and coffee after class only to be told by a waitress that we had really pissed off our lunch waitress. We asked how we pissed her off, and she replied that if we didn't like the service or the food for lunch we should have told her and not left a crappy tip. We were like crappy tip we left here four dollars. So we called her up and she was pissed we only left her a buck. We said we gave you 4 $1 coins. She started freaking out because she cashed them in for 1 $1 bill.

Does this mean... (1)

4alexnyc (826658) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182665)

I should call the secret service every time the postage machine spits out those damn dollar coins?They look pretty fake- I mean really, a gold coin for only a dollar??!

Um dear /. crowd (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182675)

Best Buy is a private company. They have the RIGHT, yeah you read that correctly, RIGHT to REFUSE any...ANY currency they want. If they don't want to take your $2 bills they don't _have to_.

Re:Um dear /. crowd (5, Informative)

happymedium (861907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182717)

Uh...no. The $2 bill, like any other bill, is "legal tender for all debts, public and private." The government says YOU MUST ACCEPT IT. Unlike the various currencies of old, it's not an IOU note for gold or some such inherently valuable thing. It's called "fiat" money--worth $2 because the government says so. Good thing you're an AC, so we can't make fun of you for sleeping through high-school economics.

Re:Um dear /. crowd (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182757)

Yeah, refusing to accept currency and having people arrested are somewhat different things though.

Insult to Injury (5, Funny)

NotFamous (827147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182678)

Strangely, as the man was being escorted out of the store, the clerk was heard to say, "Would you like a service contract with that..."

What do you expect with Best Buy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182684)

For the most fun, read the employee accounts.

Best Buy Sux [bestbuysux.org]

I've worked a lot of retail, but this takes the cake.

For ultracynics... (1)

Eunuch (844280) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182686)

Sometimes publicity is bad. Ask Arthur Andersen. Best Buy does not like this story coming out.

Good thing... (4, Funny)

writermike (57327) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182687)

Good thing he didn't pay with Susan B. Anthony dollars.

The poor bastard may have been sent to Death Row!

You think that's bad.... (5, Funny)

fsh (751959) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182689)

Try using $2 bills at a strip club.

They don't call the cops, they just beat the crap out of you. Then they trash your car.

Not that I know from, er, personal experience.

Re:You think that's bad.... (3, Informative)

Physician (861339) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182745)

Actually I know of a strip club that forces you to use $2 bills. My friend of a friend of a friend goes there on occasion.

Idiocy on both ends. (1)

00 Agent Kid (833256) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182698)

They didn't happen to check any of the other tells of the bill, did they? "It's fake" says the cashier. Therefore, it must be fake.

This reminds me of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182699)

Successfuly passing a $200 dollar bill bearing GWB, and recieving correct change.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/bushbill1.h tm l

Yeah, the amazing part... (1)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182751)

is not that the bill was accepted, but that correct change for a $200 bill was given.

Two level problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182700)

Dealing with jerks a pain in the ass.

Dealing with jerks with badges is a humongous pain in the ass.

Best Buy boycott (1)

faloi (738831) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182703)

I guess we should start talking about how we'll all boycott Best Buy in protest. I'll only be going there to make sure everybody else stays away...

Re:Best Buy boycott (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182786)

No, let's just all start paying with $2 bills.

i have some purchases tp make there tommorow (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182705)

and I'm stopping at the bank for 'change' first!

Judge Dredd Police State (4, Insightful)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182707)

It seems like the police and other institutions in America love to use their 'free' 24 hour arrest period as a kind of on the spot punishment for anyone they don't like. they can be either held on something specific like suspicion of fraud or just for that old catch-all 'disorderly conduct'. I would imagine stores like best buy also like to use this for annoying customers - just call up and claim something arrestable is going on and who are the cops going to believe, some guy, or a reputable store? Was it even fucking necessary to handcuff this guy? i thought cuffs were only for uncooperative people and maybe transporting? There can't be much in the way of compensation if you get locked up for absolutely nothing, and in some cases people get more than 24 hours without lawyers! So just remember, if you come accross a bad cop, they can have you for a day for so much as walking funny or, and lets face it this is the real reason, paying a bill with to many small notes - don't give me that "we didn't know $2 bills wer legal and the ink looked dodgy", they were just pissed off because he was playing with them - the $2 and running ink was just a ticket for them to call the cops.

What I don't get... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182710)

...is how paying with $2 is a form of protest. Maybe if he had paid in pennies I'd understand. But the few times I've paid with a $2 bill, the cashier looked amused.

"It's not every day you see one o' these. Neat! =)"

So... when's MY turn ? (4, Funny)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182715)

I almost exclusively pay with $2 bills. I go to the back every few weeks and get about $400 worth, and just pay for most things with them, or a credit card if the value's quite high?

Why? Mostly, for the expression I get from the counter staff:

"Two dollar bills? Cool! Oh... damn, where do I put them in the till?"

Sometimes they go into the clerk's pocket, after being replaced with more 'common' bills :)

On top of that... (3, Interesting)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182719)

He was asked to come back to the store and pay the installation charge on the stereo he originally wanted, which was recommended in the first place, when this unit would not fit and a more expensive model was installed instead (he paid the difference). The store reneged on a verbal agreement that they would not charge him for installation because of the mixup.

bestbuy (3, Funny)

brennz (715237) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182726)

1. Get treated badly by Bestbuy 2. Pay with $2 bills as protest 3. Get arrested, handcuffed to a pole 4. Sue police & bestbuy for millions 5. Profit!

Hoarding Money? (1)

enforcer999 (733591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182728)

Does this mean that I need to just keep all of my 2 dollar bills, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea gold dollars....and all of the other various coins and dollars that I have hoarded?

Damn, I thought I could use these in the future and everyone would understand that they are actually worth more than their original price.

My Rights ONLINE? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182744)

Why is this story on Slashdot?

What does this have to do with my online rights? The story doesn't even deal with an Internet purchase.

It's fine with me if the editors want to push a political agenda, but they need to do it in an opinion section, not thinly disguised as news.

Whoop! Old News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182747)

The story is a month old and anyone who has spend any time in marland at all knows that the local cops are sub-marginal idiots at best.

Baltimore City are fat corrupt drunks, and County are arrogant pricks, who treat every jaywalking infraction like a major felony. (doesn't surprise me in the least that they reacted the way they did, other than the fact that they didn't use a taser on the guy.)

Dont even get me started on the state troopers, we should approve slots just so they can stop shaking every driver down.

In Good Company (5, Informative)

markus (2264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182752)

Wozniak got in trouble for paying with $2 bills, too. Although, his story is a little funnier: http://www.woz.org/letters/general/78.html [woz.org]

Currency Denomination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182753)

List of currency denominations courtesy of the US Treasury. http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/currency/denomi nations.shtml

HAppened on April First, maybe? (1)

BenJeremy (181303) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182755)

No actual news articles... just a bunch of blogs carrying the story.

Sounds suspicious to me.

Being a tool triumphs again? Not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12182759)

Maybe this guy will learn something. If you act like a tool, and think you're very smart and witty, it will back fire.
Why go to all the effort of paying with $2 bills in the first place? Just to be a tool?
I bet he laughed out loud, or even better, said "lol" outloud to himself on his trip over to the store with his fist full of $2 bills.
If you try and outsmart a stupid person, you'll get youself in trouble.

This is the best buy I usually go to. (1)

EggyToast (858951) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182761)

I'm going to stop by the bank and stock up on $2 bills. The sad thing is that the guy felt humiliated when he was in the right -- if anything, he should've been standing taller knowing that, if anything, he was OWED for his trouble.

I call shenanigans!!! (0, Redundant)

exoir (826214) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182765)

As mentions this story reaks of the URBAN MYTH Taco bell story.
http://www.snopes.com/humor/business/tacobell.htm
All the dates I've read show this happend in February, so why are we hearing about it now in April?
Looks like most of the people here fell for it!

Canadian quarters (2, Interesting)

yo5oy (549821) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182773)

The bastards have no problem giving me Canadian quarters as part of my change. I haven't shopped at Worst Buy since they started "tracking" troublesome customers. You know the kind that returns defective merchandise or mails off for their rebates.

About the Taco Bell Story... (-1, Troll)

IMightB (533307) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182774)

Well I can't say anything about the validity of the story that is linked ito in the previous posts, this exact same thing happened to me in college back in 1997 at the University of Toledo, Oh.

Back then I had a habit of specifically asking the bank for 2 dollar bills, as I thought that it was fun to spread them around, as so few people have actually ever seen them. So anyway my abbreviated story goes...

Ordered food at Taco Bell, I only had $2 bills and the clerk kept insisting they were fake, I kept insisting that they were real. Finally, they told me to pay with real money, or leave the store or they would call the cops. I told them that I was attempting to pay with real money, and that they could call the cops if they liked. Anyway, the cops came listened to our positions, inspected the bills that I was using, and laughed at the Taco Bell people.

I got my food for free....

REAL money (-1, Flamebait)

rattler14 (459782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182784)

The funniest part of all is the cashier was Technically correct.

America hasn't has a real currency since leaving the gold standard (1933) and silver standard (1970-71 right?). It's a shame to realize that the largest counterfeit agency is still the federal reserve (which by the way is a private company and NOT a true part of the federal government... much like federal express is not a government agency). But I digress.

I will shameless promote REAL currencies backed by gold and silver, in hopes that some of you protect yourself from the inevitable dollar crash (all fiat currency crashes eventually due to debasement/inflation)

http://www.e-gold.com/
http://www.libertydollar .org/
http://www2.e-bullion.com/

I'm serious people... US paper money isn't real money! I wish I could arrest people for paying me in that worthless crap :)

but seriously, the US dollar sucks (and it will happen to the Euro too in good time)

Legal Tender (0, Offtopic)

Nihynjahs (680486) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182785)

consider this off-topic, but does anyone know if postage stamps are considered legal tender? cause i would love to pay people in postage stamps and have them be forced to accept it

Confused about cashier's actions (2, Informative)

Mikito (833242) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182793)

I'm not a lawyer and I'm not a cashier, but isn't it illegal to accept currency that you think is counterfeit? In other words, why would the cashier accept the $2 bills then mark them as "counterfeit"?

I would think that the cashier would either accept the money or reject it and call a supervisor/store security, no in-between. But then again, I'm not a cashier.

As a side note, I think I've only seen a $2 bill a couple of times. It has my favorite reverse side of any U.S. paper money I've seen, a depiction of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, if I remember correctly. I have a $2 bill stored somewhere around here...

WTF is this doing in YRO? (2, Insightful)

happymedium (861907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182795)

Now if I sent Best Buy 57 $2 credit card transactions, and they banned my IP, that would be one thing...but...um...none of this took place online.

There is such a thing as bad publicity... (3, Insightful)

angryflute (206793) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182796)

Seeing stories like these makes me feel less inclined to step into a Best Buy unless I really need to. I'm finding better deals and less hassle through online stores anyway.

Best Buy really needs to get its act together and start a new focus on customer service. Otherwise, they're going to lose a significant amount of their business to online retailers, and others that are still bricks-n-mortar.

I don't know if it is true or not (5, Informative)

hvacigar (872871) | more than 9 years ago | (#12182800)

but during a radio program I was listening to, it was reported that the $2 bills were sequentially numbered and that the anti-counterfeit ink smeared on one of the bills. If this is true, then it may not be so far fetched that the police would have been contacted. Does this justify an immediate arrest in handcuffs? No, but if true, it does lend some light to why Best Buy would have acted the way they did, and it would give them one hell of a defense against a defimation suit.
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