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men get questioned and sometimes arrested for passing genuine USA currency

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On Wednesday, March 9, 2005, the Illinois Journal-Star

published an article noting the shortcomings of a popular

test for determining counterfeit currency.


"When Scott Stanard ordered his usual sausage, egg and

cheese biscuit combo Monday morning, he got two

policemen on the side.


Stanard said the staff at McDonald's, 3600 N. University St.,

called police after he handed over a $10 bill that they said

was a fake.


"I kept wondering why they weren't giving me any change,"

said Stanard, who sat in the drive-thru lane in his work van

for several minutes before deciding to pull up and park."


Two officers arrived, talked to him and went in the restaurant

to get the alleged funny money.


"(The police) said it was old - a 1950s series $10 bill -

and the markers they use don't work on old money,"

Stanard said."


Businesses often use a special marker on the bill to test

whether the cash they receive is legitimate. If the mark

turns brown or black, it usually indicates counterfeit money,

otherwise it's the real thing."


"Pingolt recalled a Baltimore man being cuffed and arrested

recently for passing counterfeit $2 bills that later turned

out to be genuine."


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