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stxdreamer
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A funny thing happened at the airport while waiting for our flight home on Wednesday. I went to the little concession stand to buy a bottle of water. Price was $2. I gave the young lady a $2 bill (I use them for small tips on trips). She stared at it for a few seconds, asked me what it was, said she had never seen or heard of one, and then gave it back to me. She wouldn't accept it as payment for the water! 😮

I tried to explain to her what it was but to no avail. I gave her a $10 and she made change. Good thing I didn't give her a couple of the Lincoln $1 coins I had also brought with me. No telling what she would have done then!!

Steve

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Topic starter Posted : January 8, 2011 5:52 pm
Hiya!
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I'm honestly surprised stx is the first place you've had trouble using them.

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Posted : January 8, 2011 6:28 pm
Edward
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I've carried a $2 bill for years for emergencies. Never occurred to me that it would be refused.

The bill clearly states, "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE", same as all other bills.

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Posted : January 8, 2011 7:13 pm
stxdreamer
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I'm honestly surprised stx is the first place you've had trouble using them.

Well, actually I've never ever had a problem anywhere before using a $2 bill. I was just surprised that this young lady did not seem to realize that they even existed.

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Topic starter Posted : January 8, 2011 7:25 pm
Hiya!
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Money is money, but oh so long ago when I waited/bartendered and I got weird currency like a $2, .50 cent, or worse $1 coin, I tried to unload them to customers right a way. There's no place in the register for them and it's to easy to forget and spend them like a more common currency. I like them as a kid. They are so rarely seen stateside, I'm surprised the younger generation knows what they are, let alone a VI, which moderately considers themselves part of the US.

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Posted : January 8, 2011 7:41 pm
Juanita
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I had a bill (either $10 or $20, don't remember) refused in BVI once because it was torn. It wasn't torn all the way through, or even close.

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Posted : January 8, 2011 8:23 pm
DUN
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I had one of those fake 1,000,000 novelty bills, gave it to a lady @ Price smart for a slice of pizza & a Coke.
She stared at it intently, & said"Dats' a dowsand dowllers, me can't make change fer dat"!

I told her it is actually a million, & if she gave me another slice of pizza, she could keep the change!
Her mouth dropped as she held & stared at it.
Finally, I told her the truth that it was fake...
She said "you can get in trobble fo dat"!

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Posted : January 8, 2011 10:29 pm
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it was fake...
She said "you can get in trobble fo dat"!

And if she had gone in the back and called the police you would have to explain to a VIPD officer that you were only kidding about counterfeit currency - good luck then!

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Posted : January 9, 2011 2:32 am
terry
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I have had places in the states refuse $100 bills because they wouldn't or couldn't make change.

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Posted : January 9, 2011 3:48 am
DUN
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it was fake...
She said "you can get in trobble fo dat"!

And if she had gone in the back and called the police you would have to explain to a VIPD officer that you were only kidding about counterfeit currency - good luck then!

I overestimated your intelligence....

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Posted : January 9, 2011 3:51 am
stjohnjulie
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I've had pennies refused at Starfish Market on St. John. They round everything down to the nearest 5¢, and they wouldn't take 10 pennies from me for payment on a $22.10 bill. Kind of sad that someone has never heard of a $2 bill, or a $1 or 50¢ coin. I mean, really, would someone waste their time counterfeiting such a small amount? Especially a coin? That would be a lot of work!

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Posted : January 9, 2011 7:06 am
Edward
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It's time to get rid of one-cent coins. Each penny costs 1.62 cents to mint.

In many places around the world, shops round up to the next larger monetary unit.

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Posted : January 9, 2011 11:44 am
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the torn bill does not surprise me. i worked at a bank in the states and we had a lot of foreign people come in to cash their checks and would only accept bills, no matter the denomination, in perfect shape. they said if they were marred at all they could not spend them.
i am surprised by the 2 dollar bill.

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Posted : January 9, 2011 12:16 pm
stxdreamer
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The $2 bill has been around since 1862.

http://moneyfactory.gov/small2denom.html

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Topic starter Posted : January 9, 2011 12:22 pm
Ronnie
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Yes, but with a lot of our labor force being from elsewhere in the world, chances are they didn't know or were just young and ignorant! I got some George Washington dollar coins I have never seen before. What happened to Hiawatha? Now I Googled it and see that they have some new series of dollar coins. Guess I am ignorant on the subject too! They have new Presidential coins! http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/?action=schedule

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Posted : January 9, 2011 12:49 pm
stxdreamer
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I brought a $25 roll of the new "Lincoln" dollars with me as well. I gave them out for tips also. One person knew what they were -- I had to explain to the others. Kind of neat coins, however.

Steve

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Topic starter Posted : January 9, 2011 2:54 pm
STXBob
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it was fake...
She said "you can get in trobble fo dat"!

And if she had gone in the back and called the police you would have to explain to a VIPD officer that you were only kidding about counterfeit currency - good luck then!

I overestimated your intelligence....

People are occasionally arrested for passing novelty 1 million dollar bills.
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22million+dollar+bill%22+arrested&hl=en&ned=us&tab=nw

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Posted : January 9, 2011 4:30 pm
eagleray
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Strange? but True
If someone refuses payment in legal tender you may take item as a gift. You tried in good faith to pay for item, payment was refused. I learned the hard way. Sure, "liewers" may get involved, but you tried to pay. True

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Posted : January 10, 2011 12:21 am
Juanita
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I have a question....why not just use regular old, readily accepted, dollar bills? Lightweight, doesn't crowd your pockets, everyone recognizes them and takes them...just curious.

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Posted : January 10, 2011 12:45 pm
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I have a question....why not just use regular old, readily accepted, dollar bills? Lightweight, doesn't crowd your pockets, everyone recognizes them and takes them...just curious.

Because he is "special" and looking for a reaction like this.

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Posted : January 10, 2011 3:30 pm
stxdreamer
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I have a question....why not just use regular old, readily accepted, dollar bills? Lightweight, doesn't crowd your pockets, everyone recognizes them and takes them...just curious.

Because he is "special" and looking for a reaction like this.

If you are referring to me, no, I am not "special" and not looking for any reaction at all. The $2 bill is a nice way to give small tips, as I have done for years on cruises, and when staying at the Buccaneer, to the drivers of the courtesy vans when they give you a lift around the campus. Besides, as several have pointed out, $2 bills are regular money and have been since 1862. Strange that it would bother you or anyone else as to how I chose to bestow tips. But don't worry, as I will be sure not to ever give you one!

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Topic starter Posted : January 10, 2011 5:49 pm
DUN
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And, if your talking about me, I enjoy the entertainment, & use them as business cards too.
It is quite rare someone doesn't just laugh at a rather large bill for $3 purchases(unless you are visiting "special" people, or just have them responding to you!).

The thread started out as someone who couldn't believe a grown individual, dealing with many cash customers a day ,in a cosmopolitan setting, an AIRPORT no less! who didn't know how to deal w/ a $2 bill...

Then onto local posters that either couldn't understand a joke, or were just as "challenged" as the Airport or PriceSmart cashiers.
Then to others who think we're all about being special

STXdreamer states he/she usually uses the $2 as small tips(why not?), I use my $1,000,000 for a laugh, or instead of a business card(write your name/# & give someone a $1,000, bill, even fake, it's hard to throw away).

It's NOT rocket science!
Let's try to be civil in these Fun/interesting posts, OK!

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Posted : January 10, 2011 11:08 pm
Juanita
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Not a big deal, but here's another perspective...

The young lady at the airport (in the original post) was not familiar with the bill, but she was responsible for the till during her shift. A person she doesn't know tells her it's legal tender....so???

She is working for a living and $2.00 is money to her. If it's not for real, she will have to make it up.

Granted, she should be familiar with all denominations of money, since she is working an airport booth, but really DUN, you, who are the first to denegrate all things local, would call the STX airport "cosmopolitan"? Really??

Not starting a fight here, but the fact is if you hand the $2.00 bill to someone who is familiar with it....no joke. It's only when you give it someone who isn't familiar that it becomes a joke.

Again....NO BIG DEAL! Maybe my sense of humor has short circuited. I'll try to work on that.:P

Have a good evening, guys.

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Posted : January 11, 2011 1:04 am
noOne
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I have no problem with using a novelty as a gratuity. If you try to pay for something with it, and it is refused, don't become offended - that's an attention whore thing.

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Posted : January 11, 2011 10:11 am
DUN
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Is the government putting something in the WAPA water?
No one was offended until you started typing:D

Must be one of those aforementioned "special" people!

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Posted : January 11, 2011 12:01 pm
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