Skip to comments.Police arrest man for having real $50 bill
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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The markers are useless anyway.
Shelbyville! I think I see the problem.
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.
Lorenzo may have more than $50 in his pocket before this is over.
i have six $50 bills tucked away in my wallet for emergencies, like seeing a new model kit to buy.
Similarly, as stupid as this is, police all over rhe county regularly arrest people for actions clearly marked as legal under the second amendment.
Did it have Grant or Chief Wiggum on the face
LOL - a lot more...
Even more unusual than the fact that the bills are still out there is that someone actually chooses to use them.
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...
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.
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.
Good grief. Wonder who’d be breaking down my door if I used a silver certificate.
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.
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.
Penn (of Penn and Teller) sprays his money with fabric starch, it will always test as counterfeit with the pens after that...
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.
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.
The real test is how many people actually read that whole post of yours.
Even more unusual than the fact that the bills are still out there is that someone actually chooses to use them.Cash is king.
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.
In this case, cash gets you arrested.
Really? I've got 3 of them in my pocket right now - I use them on a regular basis.
“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.
He should consider himself lucky that they didn’t go to his house and shoot his dog.
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.
Good grief. Wonder whod 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.
I have read of people threatened with arrest for using $2 bills.
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.
Or maybe states are like pigs and other animals with some being more equal and some laws more preempted.
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?
My father spent two days in jail for driving with valid out of state temporary plates in MA.
I'll admit it; I did. I want to tie an onion to my belt to see if it catches on again.
head bent in shame.