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Police arrest man for having real $50 bill
WKYT ^ | May 1, 2012 | WKYT

Posted on 05/01/2012 8:50:30 AM PDT by Brandonmark

Tennessee police are apologizing after arresting a man for using a $50 bill they thought was fake but that turned out to be real.

Police in Shelbyville thought the bill was counterfeit after a convenience store clerk called them. The clerk said a marker used to detect false money didn't show the bill was real.

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported Officer Brock Horner arrested Lorenzo Gaspar on Friday.

But a police evidence technician told the arresting officer that some old bills don't react to the markers. So police gave the money to two banks to check, and they said it was real but just very old

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cash; counterfeit; currency; money

1 posted on 05/01/2012 8:50:35 AM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

The markers are useless anyway.


2 posted on 05/01/2012 8:53:23 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Brandonmark

Shelbyville! I think I see the problem.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 8:53:46 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Brandonmark
I remember cash.

Haven't carried it in years. I put a few coins in my pocket before leaving the house in case I want to use a vending machine.

A recent trip to Europe was the first time I had more than the equivalent of $20 on my person.

4 posted on 05/01/2012 8:54:56 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Brandonmark

Lorenzo may have more than $50 in his pocket before this is over.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 8:55:25 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Brandonmark

Stupid headline


6 posted on 05/01/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: billorites

i have six $50 bills tucked away in my wallet for emergencies, like seeing a new model kit to buy.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Brandonmark

Similarly, as stupid as this is, police all over rhe county regularly arrest people for actions clearly marked as legal under the second amendment.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 8:56:51 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: Brandonmark

Did it have Grant or Chief Wiggum on the face


9 posted on 05/01/2012 8:57:12 AM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: OB1kNOb
Lorenzo may have more than $50 in his pocket before this is over.

LOL - a lot more...

10 posted on 05/01/2012 8:57:38 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: Brandonmark

Even more unusual than the fact that the bills are still out there is that someone actually chooses to use them.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 8:58:24 AM PDT by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: driftdiver

Grampa Simpson: We can’t bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways. One trick is to tell stories that don’t go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m’shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt. Which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. Gimme five bees for a quarter, you’d say. Now where was I... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. You couldn’t get white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...


12 posted on 05/01/2012 8:58:35 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Brandonmark
Just Uncle Fed conditioning the serfs to accept the Mark o' the Beast. When people are allowed to carry cash, why they can go just about anywhere and buy anything, but if you have to run your card or your tattoo through a scanner, well, the folks who run the system can track your every more and shut you down for whatever reason is politically expedient.

Maybe Uncle Fed doesn't want you buying any more Micky D burgers. Maybe Uncle Fed wants you to eat ONLY Micky D burgers. The built-in capacity for tyranny and abuse is a 100% guarantee that it will be used to control the serfs.

13 posted on 05/01/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Brandonmark
Haaaaa

the gas stations around here are all owned and run by Muzzies(thanks Clinton, Bush and zer0bama)

one day a few years back I paid for a tankful and one of the $20s was the old style with the SMALL portrait of Jackson on it...Achmed looked at it and said to me “No...No good boss...this bill is no good, here ...gimme another bill, I wont turn you in this time...”

you cant make this crap up.

14 posted on 05/01/2012 9:04:27 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

15 posted on 05/01/2012 9:06:21 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Brandonmark

Good grief. Wonder who’d be breaking down my door if I used a silver certificate.


16 posted on 05/01/2012 9:06:56 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Brandonmark

Forgetting for a moment, that the bill was real, is it normal for the police to arrest a person who tries to spend a single counterfeit bill, with no evidence that is was intentional? With all the funny money floating around, I’m sure nearly everyone has inadvertantly passed a bad bill at some point and doesn’t know it.

Unless the person has a wallet or briefcase full of counterfeits, or a prior record of passing counterfeit currency, it would seem to make more sense to confiscate the bill, ask a few questions to see if they seem suspicious, get their name and address for potential, further investigation, and send them on their way.


17 posted on 05/01/2012 9:09:21 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)
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To: Brandonmark

A year or two ago, there was an article about a man arrested after trying to pay for a small item with a two dollar bill. Eventually, the mistake was rectified, but as I recall, the hapless man spent a few nights in jail.


18 posted on 05/01/2012 9:15:31 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Penn (of Penn and Teller) sprays his money with fabric starch, it will always test as counterfeit with the pens after that...


19 posted on 05/01/2012 9:16:04 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1197 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Vaquero
Achmed looked at it and said to me “No...No good boss...this bill is no good, here ...gimme another bill, I wont turn you in this time...”

I tried to buy lottery tickets from a very similar convenience store clerk with $2 bills. He would not take the $2 bills but had already rung up the sales on the tickets. At first he wouldn't give me the tickets and wanted to keep the money for "evidence" (I had to ask Ketchup Achoo to repeat three times why he was now stealing my money). When I pulled out my cell phone and told him I was calling the police, he gave me my money back. I tried to explain that it was real money. He would have nothing of it. He must have been new to America.

20 posted on 05/01/2012 9:16:04 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
If I remember correctly, a couple of years ago, some Japanese guys were stopped in Italy with about a trillion dollars in counterfeit bonds.

I think the cops kept the bonds, but let the 2 guys walk away on a technicality.

Lesson: Big crimes are nothing. Little crimes are where the authorities really show you who's the boss.

21 posted on 05/01/2012 9:17:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The real test is how many people actually read that whole post of yours.


22 posted on 05/01/2012 9:27:27 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: tobyhill
Even more unusual than the fact that the bills are still out there is that someone actually chooses to use them.
Cash is king.
23 posted on 05/01/2012 9:31:30 AM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
"Unless the person has a wallet or briefcase full of counterfeits, or a prior record of passing counterfeit currency, it would seem to make more sense to confiscate the bill, ask a few questions to see if they seem suspicious, get their name and address for potential, further investigation, and send them on their way."

What? That would be um......police work....they aren't trained for that.

I'm surprised the area wasn't put on lock-down and SWAT called out. I mean they took a heck of a chance by not calling SWAT. This guy could have had a Swiss Army Knife or a Box Cutter or maybe even a nail clipper, OMG, the horror.

24 posted on 05/01/2012 9:34:02 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: lewislynn

In this case, cash gets you arrested.


25 posted on 05/01/2012 9:39:06 AM PDT by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: tobyhill
Even more unusual than the fact that the bills are still out there is that someone actually chooses to use them.

Really? I've got 3 of them in my pocket right now - I use them on a regular basis.

26 posted on 05/01/2012 9:42:32 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Brandonmark

“But a police evidence technician told the arresting officer that some old bills don’t react to the markers”

It’s ok. It’s confederate money.


27 posted on 05/01/2012 9:46:06 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: precisionshootist

He should consider himself lucky that they didn’t go to his house and shoot his dog.


28 posted on 05/01/2012 9:48:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (SpaceX Dragon launch to ISS, Cape Canaveral AFS, May 7, 9:38 AM EDT)
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To: Gabz

Same here. After an eldery friend in Canada had his identity stolen (and his entire checking account cleaned out), I started using cash for most small purchases, allowing me to keep better track of any charges on my credit cards.


29 posted on 05/01/2012 9:51:05 AM PDT by 12Gauge687
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To: uncommonsense

Good grief. Wonder who’d be breaking down my door if I used a silver certificate.

Last week I bought a pack of smokes at the local mini mart. In my change I found a 1943 Silver quarter. It’s now in my safe.


30 posted on 05/01/2012 10:07:22 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Brandonmark

I have read of people threatened with arrest for using $2 bills.


31 posted on 05/01/2012 10:17:38 AM PDT by A. Patriot (Have we lost our Republic? Do the majority of Americans care?)
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To: Sirius Lee
When people are allowed to carry cash, why they can go just about anywhere and buy anything, but if you have to run your card or your tattoo through a scanner, well, the folks who run the system can track your every more and shut you down for whatever reason is politically expedient.

it is even worse than that. The income tax gives an excuse for the government to collect all sorts of personal information. They know where you work, how much you make, how much overtime you have, where you live, which bank has your mortgage, how much you have left on your mortgage, how much charitable giving you do, where you give to charity, what the charity you give to stands for, etc, etc.

Remember the Fed and the income tax were put in place at about the same time and this has been anything but a free country since then.

Freedom died in 1913.

32 posted on 05/01/2012 10:27:43 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Brandonmark
Too bad the incident did not occur in Arizona where the Justice Department has admonished the local police not to enforce federal law because it has been "preempted."

Or maybe states are like pigs and other animals with some being more equal and some laws more preempted.


33 posted on 05/01/2012 10:35:43 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Brandonmark

Why are local police concerned with counterfeit money, a federal felony? Why don’t they enforce all of the other federal laws? Such as immigration?


34 posted on 05/01/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Brandonmark

35 posted on 05/01/2012 11:04:05 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Lesson: Big crimes are nothing. Little crimes are where the authorities really show you who's the boss.

My father spent two days in jail for driving with valid out of state temporary plates in MA.

36 posted on 05/01/2012 11:17:23 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: driftdiver; ClearCase_guy
The real test is how many people actually read that whole post of yours.

I'll admit it; I did. I want to tie an onion to my belt to see if it catches on again.

37 posted on 05/01/2012 11:42:28 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (I <3 PEJSWDTDSOPC)
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To: driftdiver; ClearCase_guy

Hand raised,

head bent in shame.


38 posted on 05/01/2012 11:50:45 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (Islam: a transnational fascist government that demands worship.)
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To: driftdiver

Did too!


39 posted on 05/01/2012 11:51:03 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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