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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:36 PM
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The $2 Bill I Tried to Spend
Someone e-mailed this to me....I don't know if it's true or not, but it's a good story.


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THE $2.00 BILL I TRIED TO SPEND:


IF YOU'RE AS OLD AS I AM, THIS IS A RIOT!


STORY:


On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. I have a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure with the $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about irritating anyone 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'm 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!!!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:47 PM
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1. OOOH! cinnamon thingies, too
That is a great story

try asking a bagger for just one bag
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:51 PM
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3. I'm telling you.. I'm getting some 2s next time I'm at the bank
There are limitless possibilities here
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:03 PM
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5. I grocery shop by bus...
.
...and I can carry a lot of weight, but dealing with the handles of
plastic bags (almost impossible to use paper on the bus -- and I can't
consistently have a canvas or burlap bag(s) with me) is the difficult
part.
.
So I VERY... CLEARLY... AND... VERY... SLOWLY ask the bagger for NO...
MORE... THAN... TWO... DOUBLED... PLASTIC... BAGS.
.
Not as bad as it looks -- I do it very nicely... but very very clearly.
.
It NEVER... EVER fails -- if I get distracted looking for
my debit card or talking to the cashier, when I turn to my cart, I've
got 6-8 bags -- sometimes with one or two items in each.
.
NEVER fails.
.
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Petrushka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:54 AM
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9. My husband said some baggers must be hoping they'll be paid according to how many bags they use.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:49 AM
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19. You might look at some of the ultra-compact bags available,
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:38 PM
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27. In cases like that, I take stuff out of one bag, and distribute it among
Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 03:40 PM by qnr
the others - I then take the "spare" bag, run it through the handles of all the others and tie it together. I then hang the bags over my shoulder, half of the weight in front and half in back. I then can carry my bags and have two free hands - or just use the new, thicker and more comfortable handle created by the "spare" bag. I tend to walk to the supermarket a lot, about 5 miles round trip, so it helps me. Might not make a lot of difference if you're just going a few feet to a bus.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:48 PM
Response to Reply #5
39. One nice consequence of the DC bag law..
they have to charge $0.05 per bag and they're required to ask you how many bags you'd like.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:06 AM
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18. Similar thing happened to me with a dollar coin
I was paying for a movie at our library with one. A teenage girl said to me, "We don't take those here." I said, "You have to, it's U.S. currency." An older librarian had to straighten her out.
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:50 PM
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2. God, what if you paid with one dollar coins?
boggles the mind
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:52 PM
Response to Reply #2
4. SBAs? Golden Dollars? or, heaven forbid...
Ike Dollars?
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SunnySong Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:12 AM
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7. I got an IKE Dollar the other day...
I'm saving it for Salvation Army bellringing season.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 09:11 AM
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15. I'd bet they'd treat it like a quarter.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:50 AM
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20. It's kind of hard to confuse a gold dollar coin with a quarter.
Because, well, they're gold ;)

Now, I could see them thinking you just handed over a Krugerrand...
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:27 PM
Response to Reply #20
23. Yes, but SBA dollars were easy to confuse with quarters
..and post office machines gave those as change for many years
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:02 PM
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25. I haven't seen an SBA dollar in years.
Ever since the gold dollars started getting circulation, I thought I had read that Treasury was taking the SBAs out of circulation in favor of the new ones.

As far as mistaking wrong denominations go, I'm sure it still happens with the SBA, but too often what I see happening (at least around here) is Canadian and Mexican coins in circulation instead ;)
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 04:39 PM
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30. True - I was thinking of experiences I had with SBAs
I had Eisenhowers mistaken for 1/2 dollars also (quite a difference in size).
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:28 PM
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32. I think half-dollars are the largest diameter of the coinage.
Still, they don't show up in circulation much, so I can see how people would mistake them at first glance.

It's interesting how in this country we make the coinage different sizes, thicknesses and knurled or flat edges, yet the paper money is all the same size for all denominations. Do blind people only use coins for cash? ;)
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mulsh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:09 AM
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6. the last time I used a $2 bill was at a bar. they took it with no
problem. I keep a few $2 bills in my wallet for emergencies, come to think of the last time I paid with one of those bills was about 12 years ago.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 09:55 AM
Response to Reply #6
17. busfare here is $2.00
the bills would be handy for that.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:26 AM
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8. It's my fault
Everytime I get a $2 bill, I put it away with my collection of other $2 bills.

So, there's probably not many in circulation, because of people like me.

I'm sorry!
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soleiri Donating Member (913 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:40 AM
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12. Me too!
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:00 AM
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10. You can ask for them at the bank, and get them. I do it all the time...
...when I'm cashing a check. I always ask for a certain amount in $2 dollar bills. People love them when I use them.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:33 AM
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11. It's been around awhile. Snopes says the author claims it's real
but of course they don't know whether the author is telling the truth.

http://www.snopes.com/business/money/tacobell.asp
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SunnySong Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:06 AM
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13. "It's a sign that we're all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world."
my favorite quote from that brain trust the Baltimore PD. when they arrested a man for using two dollar bills at a Best Buy...


PUT YOURSELF in Mike Bolesta's place. On the morning of Feb. 20, he buys a new radio-CD player for his 17-year-old son Christopher's car. He pays the $114 installation charge with 57 crisp new $2 bills, which, when last observed, were still considered legitimate currency in the United States proper. The $2 bills are Bolesta's idea of payment, and his little comic protest, too.

For this, Bolesta, Baltimore County resident, innocent citizen, owner of Capital City Student Tours, finds himself under arrest.

Finds himself, in front of a store full of customers at the Best Buy on York Road in Lutherville, locked into handcuffs and leg irons.


http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2005-03-08/news/050308...


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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 09:16 AM
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16. Surprised he didn't sue.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 09:09 AM
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14. At the very least, it sounds as though the tale is exaggerated
Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 09:29 AM by Orrex
I don't doubt that something like it occurred, but whenever someone tells a story about someone else's stupidity, I'm amazed at the clarity with which the dialogue is recalled--always conveniently occurring "within earshot."

I also note that the narrator in these stories seldom if ever makes a conversational misstep or does something that makes him look anything less than perfectly clever and in-the-right. Instead, he's the wise and witty everyman who simply can't believe how foolish those other people are. What really kicks it is how the narrator's "side" is validated by "the law," while the Taco Bell employees are dismissed as idiots.

The closing line is what clinches it for me, incidentally; I seldom hear Left-leaning commentators questioning somebody's intellectual fitness to vote, but it's a common go-to insult among Rightwing demagogues.

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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:30 PM
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24. The truth rarely gets in the way of a good story
..and I've heard and read people on all sides of the political equation question the wisdom of letting various people vote.

I agree that the story is probably fiction built around a true event. I also don't doubt that a sizable percentage of fast food workers (who, at Taco bell in particular, tend to be young) probably don't know what a $2 is or looks like.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:26 PM
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26. I'm sorry to hear that (about both sides questioning voter eligiblity). I'd hoped we were better.
One thing that struck me about the $2 was that the manager allegedly couldn't recognize it. How is that possible? Even a low-volume store is going to see huge volumes of cash, so it's unthinkable to me that he'd have gotten to the position of manager without having previously seen a two dollar bill.

I certainly accept that the cashier might not have recognized the bill; when I worked at a fast food restaurant here in Pennsylvania years ago, I asked my 17-year-old coworker to name the capital of Harrisburg, and she replied "You know I don't know stuff like that." So an uncommon denomination could easily throw an inexperienced cashier for a loop.

I'm bummed out that you've heard people on the Left questioning people's suitability to vote based on perceived intelligence. Why not simply say "you must be white and have a net worth of $1M before you can cast a ballot" and be done with it?
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:05 AM
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21. My town is flush with two dollar bills
The lumber yard has always used them. The old manager of the lumber yard was married to the manager of the local bank and made an effort to have a ready supply on hand at all times. They lumber yard is also well stocked with half dollars for change.

Every kid in town knows what is printed on the back of a two dollar bill, and the connection it has to the upcoming holiday. A few of the hip kids can even recognize Father Guido Sarducci in the background.

It's an interesting observation to see how the bills travel through town. Local businesses keep them in circulation by passing them on, the Big Box stores pull them out.

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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:10 AM
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22. The big box stores pull them out because there's no slot in their cash drawers
for two-dollar bills.

That's always been the biggest complaint of merchants against using them. No one wants to replace their cash drawers or registers to accommodate them. Same for half-dollar and dollar coins. If we used a coin and bill system similar to Canada or New Zealand (one and two-dollar coins, first bill starting at a five), it wouldn't be a problem in the existing cash-drawers :)
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 04:26 PM
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29. The Euro system has more coinage than we have, too.
I have a bit of trouble sorting them and the itty bitty ones are a pain...but good for leaving a little tip at a public toilet...
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:15 PM
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35. They usually are stashed
under the tray with the larger bills, checks, and coupons in most places. :hi:
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:18 PM
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40. Right, but they still hate doing that much "extra" work.
Many have told me the primary reason is there's no slot. No slot, no currency used. Simple-minded, but merchants can be stubborn folk, too :)
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:54 PM
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28. I weep for the future ....
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:00 PM
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31. No kidding! (I use that line all the time...). n/t
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:31 PM
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33. A free meal AND a great story to share.
Full of WIN :)
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:35 PM
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34. For some inexplicable reason, our local theater gives $2 bills as change
and $1 coins.

I've had strange looks around town when using them at other merchants, but I've never had anyone refuse to accept them.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:23 PM
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36. that is hilarious
just goes to show you how the US has become 'dumbed down' by shows like american idol and others.....

:hi: :rofl: :rofl::

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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:35 PM
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37. good lord, you are way more patient than I would have been!


:crazy: Wait til you try to pay with a Susan B Anthony dollar coin! :rofl:
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:44 PM
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38. Isn't it weird when you suddenly realize that most everyone is younger
then you? Especially if it's someone in authority and you look at them and think wow...when did this happen? I don't know, maybe it's just me but that realization came on pretty suddenly one time. But now I can't stop noticing it. Very Odd.

Funny Story. I bet that manager felt foolish. Thanks for sharing!
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:09 PM
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41. They work good for tips at the nudie bar
So I've been told anyway. A guy I work with always has a wad of them in his pocket.
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