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Ruskies Passing Phony Dough Ahead Of Putin Visit
Seacoast OnLine ^ | Today | Brainhose

Posted on 06/30/2007 7:08:39 AM PDT by Brainhose

Russian tried fake $100 bill
By Susan Nolan snolan@seacoastonline.com June 29, 2007 6:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH, NH — A Russian man attempted to pass off a phony $100 bill at the New Hampshire State Liquor store shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the store manager, who said a cashier discovered the bill was bogus.

No arrest was made, according to police, but the incident was the talk of the store because Russians are known to be staying in the city ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's scheduled visit with President Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Sunday.

Liquor store manager Mike Smith said the man, accompanied by four other Russian men, attempted to purchase two bottles of Scotch whiskey with the bum $100. The cashier used a special pen to mark the bill to test its authenticity.

"It turned a color that it's not supposed to, and when he saw that, he grabbed the bill back and left," said Smith.

Portsmouth police received a call from the liquor store that the man and his friends were on foot, headed to the nearby Holiday Inn. Police responded to the scene. A dispatch message on the police scanner said diplomatic immunity might be involved.

But Police Lt. Dante Puopolo said that diplomatic immunity was not invoked because police did not make any arrests. "We have no evidence of any kind," he said. "We don't have the $100 bill."

However, he said there are currently Russians staying in town who are entitled to diplomatic immunity. "Their version of the secret service are staying here in Portsmouth," he said. Putin will arrive at the Pease Air National Guard Base on Sunday en route to his summit with Bush.

Approximately a dozen Russian men were congregated in front of the Holiday Inn shortly after the incident Thursday night. One said he spoke no English but indicated he was there in connection with the Putin visit. The men went into the Holiday Inn shortly afterward.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: alteredtitle; counterfeit; counterfeiting; forgery; hellokitty; putin
Nothing is going to come of this because the president wants to make kissy-kissy with Pooty-Poot again.
I wonder what he's going to see in his eyes when he gazes into them this time?
1 posted on 06/30/2007 7:08:41 AM PDT by Brainhose
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To: Brainhose

Pooty-poot landing at Pease ex-AFB? Plenty of megatons were ready to leave from there on a reciprocal heading, once upon a time.


2 posted on 06/30/2007 7:12:07 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Brainhose

Probably got them from thei buddy Kim Il Jung.


3 posted on 06/30/2007 7:16:23 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: Brainhose

Billions and billions of oil money from us.

Cheap bastards.


4 posted on 06/30/2007 7:17:53 AM PDT by listenhillary (Conservative that has been mugged by the Republican party)
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To: Brainhose

The phony bill passing only re-inforces the stereotypic image as caught in a few Hollywood movies. What was the name of that movie where a Ruskie sub strands itself off the coastal town, a few Russian sailors try to pass themselves off as regular townsfolk, an a little kid gets saved from falling from a building in the end? I think Alan Arkin was in it.


5 posted on 06/30/2007 7:20:41 AM PDT by So Circumstanced
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To: listenhillary

There’s most likely a mountain of bogus bills in Russia.This was just a probe,use your people with diplomatic immunity so nothing can be done about it when caught.


6 posted on 06/30/2007 7:22:30 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (If there's lead in the air,there's hope.)
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To: So Circumstanced

‘’The Russians are COming, the Russians are Coming’’. Starred Brian Keith, Carl Reiner and Alan Arkin.


7 posted on 06/30/2007 7:24:38 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: sgtbono2002
"Probably got them from thei buddy Kim Il Jung."

My first thought.

8 posted on 06/30/2007 7:25:44 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Brainhose
Security guy knows he is going to U.S. for a few days. He goes to a Moscow bank to change some rubles for American money.

When he gets to the U.S. he tries to use the the $100 bills the bank gave him, and finds out one ot the bills he was given is counterfeit. Half-wit bank teller back in Moscow doesn’t know real American money from counterfeit. Hell, I’ve known American bank tellers who can’t tell the difference.

Punchline of the story: people on Free Republic who are as dumb as the bank teller try to make this into a Communist Plot.

9 posted on 06/30/2007 7:26:29 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Life is tough. Wear your helmet, wear your cup.)
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To: Brainhose
But Police Lt. Dante Puopolo said that diplomatic immunity was not invoked because police did not make any arrests.

It's the old clinton trick: "There is no evidence (because I shredded it)."

Once clinton made me conscious of this little example of verbal parsing, I find myself noticing it all the time.

10 posted on 06/30/2007 7:29:59 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cheburashka
"Hell, I’ve known American bank tellers who can’t tell the difference."

I doubt that.

11 posted on 06/30/2007 7:30:00 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Cheburashka

Why did they run away?


12 posted on 06/30/2007 7:31:55 AM PDT by listenhillary (Conservative that has been mugged by the Republican party)
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To: SAJ

That’s the one.

Why, those rascally fun loving huggable communists!

(speakin of both Russian and Ed Asner Hollywood types).


13 posted on 06/30/2007 7:35:59 AM PDT by So Circumstanced
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To: NonValueAdded
Maybe he'll stop at the Redhook brewery right there.
It's a pretty nice place, I'd suggest the ploughman's platter and several cold IPA's, yum-yum
14 posted on 06/30/2007 7:45:31 AM PDT by Brainhose (My name is Manuel. I am from Barcelona.)
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To: Cheburashka
I might have agreed with you, except that he appears to have been paying close attention to the clerk, and when she found it to be fake, snatched it back and skedaddled. An innocent person would have been confused, and an innocent Russian probably wouldnt know about special pens to test high denomination currency.

If I was in a store and was told that my money was counterfeit, I don't think I would grab it and run away. Though once I had thought about it for a second, I would probably wish I had!!

15 posted on 06/30/2007 7:49:05 AM PDT by jdub
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To: Cheburashka

Why did he grab it back and run away with it ? I guess he just thought he would put it in a savings account ?

He most likely knew what he was doing.


16 posted on 06/30/2007 7:51:04 AM PDT by Dov in Houston (The word Amnesty invokes a passion in me. Illegal immigrants are criminals. Supporters Aid & Abet)
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To: Brainhose

Portsmouth is a pretty nice town, the little I saw of it during a long weekend of visiting a college bud and consuming large quantities of lobster, steak and Sam Adams.
It was the weekend of Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, one of the hottest locals could remember, so the ice cold sammies were strictly therapeutic!


17 posted on 06/30/2007 8:00:55 AM PDT by skepsel
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To: NonValueAdded
Plenty of megatons were ready to leave from there on a reciprocal heading, once upon a time.

On FB-111's that required in-flight refueling.

18 posted on 06/30/2007 8:03:04 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (I never consented to live in the Camp of the Saints.)
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To: Brainhose

We are not supposed to change the headline from the article


19 posted on 06/30/2007 8:03:56 AM PDT by don-o (“I don`t expect politicians to solve anyone's problems.The world owes us nothing” Bob Dylan)
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To: jdub
He’s was probably smart enough to figure out the clerk was testing the money, so why didn’t he grab it back before it was tested, since he knew it was fake? Answer: he didn’t know it was fake until it was tested.

You admit you would have done what he did if you thought about it, so why be surprised he did exactly what you would have wanted to do?

I don’t know what they call the agency that handles Presidential security, but I bet this will be a source of merriment to everybody until hell freezes over. “Hey remember when Boris tried to buy booze in America with American currency and it was counterfeit?”

20 posted on 06/30/2007 8:05:17 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Life is tough. Wear your helmet, wear your cup.)
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To: sgtbono2002

Nah, the Russian/Soviet security services have a long tradition of passing phony money. In ‘37 or ‘38 Heydrich’s SD passed forged docs to the NKVD implicating Marshal Tukachevsky (sp?) in treason.
The Nazis received a cool half mil or so in forged greenbacks from their Eastern colleagues. Not sure but I think some of it turned up in the hands of the sabotuers landed by u-boat on Long Island during WWII.


21 posted on 06/30/2007 8:06:47 AM PDT by skepsel
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To: Dov in Houston
See #20.

Most likely he'll take it back to the bank, try to get a refund. Most likely in Russia they confiscate counterfeit money, just like here, so if he's going to get a refund he needs the bill. Otherwise it's, "boo hoo, you lose" time.

Occam’s razor. It doesn’t work 100% of the time, but 99%+ is not too shabby.

Hey cool, I just came up with a new tagline for my rotation.

22 posted on 06/30/2007 8:16:39 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Life is tough. Wear your helmet, wear your cup.)
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To: knarf
This is America, you can doubt all you want.

But that doesn’t keep you from being wrong.

23 posted on 06/30/2007 8:19:09 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Occam's razor. It doesn't work 100% of the time, but 99%+ is not too shabby.)
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To: don-o

Doh! My Bad


24 posted on 06/30/2007 8:20:13 AM PDT by Brainhose (My name is Manuel. I am from Barcelona.)
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To: listenhillary
Why did they run away?

You ever felt stupid? You ever felt stupid in front of you coworkers? You ever felt stupid in front of your coworkers in a foreign country?
25 posted on 06/30/2007 8:21:21 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Occam's razor. It doesn't work 100% of the time, but 99%+ is not too shabby.)
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To: Brainhose
The Russian (mafia) producing counterfeit $100 bills is a huge problem. They are literally everywhere. The US $100 bill is the international counterfeiters denomination of choice.
26 posted on 06/30/2007 8:25:19 AM PDT by khnyny
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To: Brainhose
The cashier used a special pen to mark the bill to test its authenticity.

He should have looked into the man's eyes so he could see his soul, and then accepted the money. That's what W would have done.

27 posted on 06/30/2007 8:43:46 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Cheburashka

nor you.


28 posted on 06/30/2007 9:06:38 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Got to see one there, up close and personal, as a civilian. Doubt that could happen again in this day and age.


29 posted on 06/30/2007 9:10:02 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Cheburashka
"He’s was probably smart enough to figure out the clerk was testing the money"
Odds are that this Ruskie had never been to a NH State liquor store. And it also stands to figure that he did not see any bills being tested since as a rule only $100's are checked. So, by the time the bill was being tested it was too late and he grabbed the bill and scooted. Believe it or not but it's not incredibly common to see $100's bandied about which they wouldn't know as they no doubt are lead to believe that all Americans are inferior.
"I don’t know what they call the agency that handles Presidential security."
If by "They" you mean Americans, we call them the Secret Service. I'm not sure what you guys call yours
30 posted on 06/30/2007 9:15:33 AM PDT by Brainhose (My name is Manuel. I am from Barcelona.)
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To: NonValueAdded
I took a one week Air Force Physicological Flight training course (as a civilian contractor) at Pease in 1983. I stayed at the same Holiday Inn as these morons. Several time as day claxons would sound and lights would flash and crews would scramble to the flightline. On one occassion they actually took off. (I’m sure it was just training.) It was just before the KAL 007 incident.

Times were different.

31 posted on 06/30/2007 9:25:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (I never consented to live in the Camp of the Saints.)
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To: Brainhose
Of course Russians don't know anything about testing money. Why, most Russians don't wear shoes.

Since they secure their president, it's their security team I'm talking about, not ours. Don't see anything ambiguous about using the word they. Your mileage may vary, but that's your problem.

32 posted on 06/30/2007 11:25:42 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Occam's razor. It doesn't work 100% of the time, but 99%+ is not too shabby.)
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To: So Circumstanced

33 posted on 06/30/2007 3:16:29 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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