Police Called, Man arrested, cuffed after using Legal 2.00 Dollar bills at Best Buy

A man trying to pay a fee using $2 bills was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail after clerks at a Best Buy store questioned the currency’s legitimacy and called police.

Editors Note: (this story was from feb 20 2005 but has serious relation to Todays education or lack of and the continued idiocy of america’s POLICE STATE! )

According to an account in the Baltimore Sun, 57-year-old Mike Bolesta was shocked to find himself taken to the Baltimore County lockup in Cockeysville, Md., where he was handcuffed to a pole for three hours while the U.S. Secret Service was called to weigh in on the case.

Bolesta told the Sun: “I am 6 feet 5 inches tall, and I felt like 8 inches high. To be handcuffed, to have all those people looking on, to be cuffed to a pole – and to know you haven’t done anything wrong. And me, with a brother, Joe, who spent 33 years on the city police force. It was humiliating.

190 Replies to “Police Called, Man arrested, cuffed after using Legal 2.00 Dollar bills at Best Buy”

  1. it's retarded, that's what it is – once again, people letting their pride overcome their common sense!

    1. Amen. I had a cashier give me a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin as change thinking it was a quarter.
      Kids sadly are poorly educated these days and apparently so are the police. I am surprised a BB manager
      didn’t handled the question .

      1. there is no apparently about it. there is a MINIMUM IQ RESTRICTION for hiring police officers. Just wanna say that again MINIMUM IQ RESTRICTION for hiring police officers. Can’t make this up.

          1. Actually, some departments do NOT hire those with above-average IQs. Their rationale is that these persons will become too bored and leave… Go figure…

  2. What does terrorism have to do with counterfeiting? Bill Toohey is an idiot. And so was every officer involved in this. It's bad enough that a clerk doesn't know enough to recognize a $2 bill, but the police too?

    1. The reason the secret service was involved is because it is they’re job to investigate counterfeiting and other financial crimes.

      1. Whatever, they shouldnt have had to be called in the first place. All these idiots too stupid to know what a two dollar bill is?? Really?? You are probably on their side aren’t you Stuart?

  3. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN !!! REALLY … this is just NOT acceptable. The only ink that the clerk saw smearing was probably the ink that the clerk was using to mark the bills!!! What a bunch of MORONS !!! So much for me shopping at Best Buy … if these idiots at the store are that stupid, I really do not want to purchase anything from a chain that has employees that do not even recognize a $2.00 Bill!!! I am noticing more and more that most people in the work force now a days at these chains really do not have common sense OR intelligence. It is a real pity what our United States of America is turning into. No wonder we are now the laughing stock of the World !!! Our Fore Fathers are probably rolling over in their graves at what we now stand for, compared to the USA that was once revered as a mighty country. Shame on all of you people at Best Buy, especially ; After Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.THEN not accepting the legal tender of our country as payment and putting this man through the embarrassment right in the store … IF I were him, I'd SUE your store & the police department for harassment and defamation of character!!! MR BOLESTA, if you have a good lawyer go after both … I'm sure that others will back you … I WILL !!!

  4. “It’s a sign that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.” ??????
    O' REILLY, this is one of the most lame excuses I ever read! First of all, the individual posed no threat, Police surely had his drivers license in hand and there was no need for an arrest yet alone needing to be hand cuffed.

  5. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! REALLY … this is just NOT acceptable. The only ink that the clerk saw smeared was probably the ink from the pen that the clerk used to mark the bills!!! What a bunch of MORONS!!! So much for me shopping at Best Buy … if these idiots at the store are that stupid! I do not want to purchase anything from a chain that has employees that do not even recognize a $2.00 bill, and moreover, after best buy told him that he would not be charged for the installation of his son's car stereo, and then turned around and called him back and charged him after the fact!!! THEN their idiot workforce does not even accept the legal tender paid for the bill that should not have been paid in the first place!!! Then they call the cops and not only the store employees BUT also the cops humiliate him in public. I am noticing more and more things like this happen and the stores hiring policies may be some of the cause of the staff that they are hiring. People are now required to fill out online applications, no more HR people to actually interview the person IN PERSON. A computer does the hiring sight unseen and we wonder why the workforce in most establishments are not courteous, not intelligent, and lack the social skills to interact with the customers!!! Maybe if we had REAL PEOPLE hiring the people who get the jobs, the standard of employees would go back to what it used to be! No wonder that the United States of America is becoming the laughing stock of the world. Our Forefathers must be rolling over in their graves to see what we now stand for, compared to the once mighty country that the rest of the world respected! MR. BOLESTA, I hope that you have a good lawyer. If I were you, I'd not only sue the store, but I would also sue the police department that handcuffed you to a pole for 3 hours. This is harassment defamation of character and public humiliation and all at your expense because we do not have any intelligence in ANY capacity, obviously because the cops that were called to the scene should have recognized the inadequacy of the BEST BUY employees and should NEVER have put you through what you endured, because of THEIR stupidity!!!

    After
    Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for
    the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from
    the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.
    Read more at http://conservativeread.com/police-called-man-arr
    After
    Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for
    the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from
    the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.
    Read more at http://conservativeread.com/police-called-man-arr
    After
    Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for
    the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from
    the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.
    Read more at http://conservativeread.com/police-called-man-arr

  6. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! REALLY … this is just NOT acceptable. The only ink that the clerk saw smeared was probably the ink from the pen that the clerk used to mark the bills!!! What a bunch of MORONS!!! So much for me shopping at Best Buy … if these idiots at the store are that stupid! I do not want to purchase anything from a chain that has employees that do not even recognize a $2.00 bill, and moreover, after best buy told him that he would not be charged for the installation of his son's car stereo, and then turned around and called him back and charged him after the fact!!! THEN their idiot workforce does not even accept the legal tender paid for the bill that should not have been paid in the first place!!! Then they call the cops and not only the store employees BUT also the cops humiliate him in public. I am noticing more and more things like this happen and the stores hiring policies may be some of the cause of the staff that they are hiring. People are now required to fill out online applications, no more HR people to actually interview the person IN PERSON. A computer does the hiring sight unseen and we wonder why the workforce in most establishments are not courteous, not intelligent, and lack the social skills to interact with the customers!!! Maybe if we had REAL PEOPLE hiring the people who get the jobs, the standard of employees would go back to what it used to be! No wonder that the United States of America is becoming the laughing stock of the world. Our Forefathers must be rolling over in their graves to see what we now stand for, compared to the once mighty country that the rest of the world respected! MR. BOLESTA, I hope that you have a good lawyer. If I were you, I'd not only sue the store, but I would also sue the police department that handcuffed you to a pole for 3 hours. This is harassment defamation of character and public humiliation and all at your expense because we do not have any intelligence in ANY capacity, obviously because the cops that were called to the scene should have recognized the inadequacy of the BEST BUY employees and should NEVER have put you through what you endured, because of THEIR stupidity!!!

    After
    Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for
    the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from
    the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.
    Read more at http://conservativeread.com/police-called-man-arr
    After
    Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for
    the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from
    the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.
    Read more at http://conservativeread.com/police-called-man-arr
    After
    Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for
    the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from
    the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.
    Read more at http://conservativeread.com/police-called-man-arr

  7. it’s retarded, that’s what it is – once again, people letting their pride overcome their common sense!

  8. What does terrorism have to do with counterfeiting? Bill Toohey is an idiot. And so was every officer involved in this. It’s bad enough that a clerk doesn’t know enough to recognize a $2 bill, but the police too?

  9. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN !!! REALLY … this is just NOT acceptable. The only ink that the clerk saw smearing was probably the ink that the clerk was using to mark the bills!!! What a bunch of MORONS !!! So much for me shopping at Best Buy … if these idiots at the store are that stupid, I really do not want to purchase anything from a chain that has employees that do not even recognize a $2.00 Bill!!! I am noticing more and more that most people in the work force now a days at these chains really do not have common sense OR intelligence. It is a real pity what our United States of America is turning into. No wonder we are now the laughing stock of the World !!! Our Fore Fathers are probably rolling over in their graves at what we now stand for, compared to the USA that was once revered as a mighty country. Shame on all of you people at Best Buy, especially ; After Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for the installation of a stereo in his son’s car, he received a call from the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee.THEN not accepting the legal tender of our country as payment and putting this man through the embarrassment right in the store … IF I were him, I’d SUE your store & the police department for harassment and defamation of character!!! MR BOLESTA, if you have a good lawyer go after both … I’m sure that others will back you … I WILL !!!

  10. Commenting on the incident, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey told the Sun: “It’s a sign that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.

    1. Exactly, Calvin. It’s a sign of rank ignorance among the populace that they don’t even know legal tender when they see it in their greedy, grubby, little hands.

      1. True, but Best Buy does not have to take any denomination of FRNs if they don’t want to. Legal Tender is only enforceable for paying public debts, i.e. speeding tickets, impound fees and judgements…Private businesses do this all the time. Try to pay for stuff at 7-11 with a $50 or $100 bill. They will, and do have the right to, refuse it. Now, if best Buy had sued this guy and won a summary judgement for $114, the they would be legally obligated to take the money in $2 bills. Next time you guys get a speeding ticket pay in change. They have to take it.

        1. You must be the dumbest poster I have ever witnessed. Grocery and gas stations have time locked safes, and generally carry a limited amount of “change fund” or “petty cash”…that is the reason they will usually not cash higher denominations. They do NOT have the “right” to refuse, but upon explanation most customers have the common courtesy to understand. What backwards ass planet did you evolve from? You must have plenty of relatives in the town stated, working at either Worst Buy or the Podunk Police. No common sense at all.

          1. As someone who actually managed a Convenience Store….I can tell you for certain that if a customer comes into a store and wants to use a $50 or $100 bill…it can be taken…and at my old store…it was taken. Most have a safe or another way of handling that type of transaction.

            As for the $2 dollar bill fiasco….there is no excuse for a cashier not knowing what a $2 dollar bill looks like!!! Best Buy needs to upgrade their training!!! I trained all my cashiers on how to identify all US Currency…bills, coins…older notes…no excuse for that happening except for laziness by Best Buy Management!!!!

          2. If someone insists, the convenience stores can take it, but it will take a long time while the timed safe counts out the change. So it’s not a refusal on its face, it’s a “be prepared to wait quite a long time for your change”. And I drop the bill in the safe before I start requesting change.

        2. You are wrong.
          Legal tender is legal tender. FRBs are the only money we have now, all silver and gold certificates being retired.
          7-11 can refuse by not selling you the product. for whatever reason (although that may open them to other civil actions, like discrimination), but in this case the debt was already established, i.e, Best Buy had performed the installation. At that point they were required to accept any legal tender for the debt.

        3. “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private” No business in the US can legally turn down any US currency. He could pay with pennies if he wanted and that can’t say a thing. Refusal of payment means you don’t have to pay in many situations.

    2. Calvin they said Baltimore County Police.. Bill Toohey made a coment he is Baltimore County, your comment is as foolish as BB not wanting a $2 bill… in other words what does Baltimore County Police have to do with Baltimore City murder rate… they are different agencies

  11. Its not a sign of 9/11, its just plain stupidity on the part of the policeman and all the clerks at Best Buy. No damn wonder they’re sinking fast as a retailer.

  12. So, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey, $2 dollar bills brought down the twin towers… Brilliant!

  13. This just shows the inadequacy of the employees and sadly the idiot cops for following up with the arrest. The cops should be suspended for a few days and paid in $2.00 bills!

  14. If this guy sues and wins, all of you who wanted him to sue and spend $ at Best Buy, will pay higher prices for stuff, as the cost of paying this guy, will be PASSED on to YOU!

  15. If this guy sues and wins, all of you who wanted him to sue and who spend your own $ at Best Buy, will pay higher prices for stuff, as the cost of paying this guy’s settlement will be PASSED on to YOU!

    1. Lol no it wouldn’t. He deserves to. Best buy is a multimillion If not billion dollar company. They can spare it. Their prices won’t rise because of it, its not like he’s suing someone with one store, best buy has HUNDREDS of stores.

    2. That’s fine with me, since I’d buy my stuff at another electronics store that has CHEAPER products. If you don’t do STUPID things (like falsely arrest people), you are not held legally liable, and then you don’t have to try to pass off your own stupidity in the form of higher prices.

  16. No, it is a sign that the youth of this country are morons, and the cops of Baltimore are incompetent.

      1. Oh my goodness. Ok, it’s a sign that SOME of the youth of this country are morons, and SOME of the cops of Baltimore are incompetent, and SOME youth enjoy the knockout game…

  17. I think people are a little stupid after 9/11 and getting dumber everyday including LEO’s which are getting past stupid.Americans have become prisoners in their own country thanks to local,state and the federal government.

      1. I think there were elections before 2008. But if Obama says there were no elections before 2008 then there were no elections before 2008. And FOX news would be a liar to say otherwise.

  18. I have a bunch of $2 bills along with silver certificates. I have some $2 bills with red ink on them from the 50’s when they were first put into circulation.

    Overall it doesn’t matter, we have fiat currency which ultimately makes them worth the feces you could wipe on them.

    1. Yeah, that’s exactly right, buddy. US dollars are fiat so they’re worthless. So I presume you won’t mind sending me all the US dollars you’ve got?

  19. “In a post 9/11 world”? That’s a horribly feeble excuse for being idiots. What, they thought that Al Qaeda’s next terror attack was passing $2 bills for stereo installations? Seriously? I’m guessing not. I think they just couldn’t figure out how not to say “Yes, we are idiots”. So they thought “Hey, Terror. Nobody laughs about THAT.”

    This guy should sue, except government can pretty much screw up all it once, and you can’t really do anything about it. And this is the kind of people the democrats want running our health care system. Good luck with getting medical treatment.

  20. Jacka** government; and they think they can run our healthcare, when they can’t even identify their own currency!!

  21. It’s a sign we have lost any sort of control of our Government, and they now do whatever the hell they want, and we will comply or be killed. This is tyranny. If you don’t believe so, then I fear for you and those like you being the ones to decide enough is enough, you’d wait until you were stood in front of a machine gun with a mass grave behind you before believing. If you think these actions are right, proper, or even lawful, you need to read the laws that apply, from the Constitution down. If they are unlawful, why are they done, why do they continue, why are they not punish, why do they happen more and more and become worse and worse violations, rather than these admittedly wrong things bring change to ensure the rights of We the people? Because you live in a tyranny, and they only acknowledge such rights as are convenient and beneficial to their desires, or as their whim decrees. We live beneath the tyranny of a government gone rouge.

  22. Thank god an almost counterfeiter was put in irons and cuffs before he could go back home, this country just loves to lock ppl up, it’s the answer for everything. Lock em up Lock em up let someone else think

  23. Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey told the Sun: “It’s a sign
    that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.

  24. The Baltimore County spokesman is an idiot! How does using legal $2 bills as payment anyway related to 9/11?! Oh yeah, remember when those terrorist using those $2 bills so we have to arresting him. They humiliate him as if he was a criminal for paying his bill. Sue Baltimore County Police and Best Buy for false accusations and causing a scene for no good reason. Everyday, I am hearing more about police officers all over the country for abusing their power, not using common sense and are hiding behind their badge. I am already thinking about leaving America because this country has became too sensitive about everything. I mean really, doesn’t BCPD feel silly for arresting and locking up a man for paying a bill. #WTFBaltimoreCountyPolice

  25. It’s a sign the Baltimore PD is composed of idtios and no one should buy anything at “best” buy.

  26. It’s a sign that were a little nervous in the post 9/11 world?? It’s a sign that people are becoming infected with stupid these days, SMH

  27. What do the religious say? God plays in mysterious ways. Well, this way has a few zeros behind it. And i’m not taking 2 dollar bills. More like 50’s and 100’s. Time to sue each and every person.

  28. More like its a sign that this country is man-handled by a bunch of idiots with their heads crammed so far up their asses they could avoid the colonoscopy and do their own check for polyps! Wtf is my country turning into when Americans can’t even pay a damn bill with a $2 note, people working at worst buy are so damn stupid that they don’t know their currency and the police are so inept that they actually arrest and embarrass a customer because, well, you know, the whole head up ass situation!

  29. Just want to point out. I grew up in Cockeysville. There is not now, nor has there EVER been a Best Buy in Cockeysville.

  30. I agree.. sue the hell out of them! Anyone knows that two dollar bills are real. they were just being asses!!

  31. Just to let you all know the $2 bill is legal currency and was used as a political protest a few years ago to quantify the Queer Purchasing Power Stats by the reporting of increased request by the banks for the currency denomination which was to be used in place of other forms of currency. Maybe we should pick up the protest again in the light of HJR6 moving rampantly thru the General Assembly attempting to enshrine discrimination into the Indiana Constitution by banning same sex marriage.

    Kenneth White, Jnr.
    facebook.com/frfozybearftwin

  32. I went to my bank to convert some old wrinkled currency from the 1930’s. The bank teller refused to take many of them because of the stupid counterfeit pen, which is quite unreliable. So I spent them at the Taco bell.

  33. oh. my. goodness. I read this whole article with my mouth hanging open! My dad used to save them too thinking one day they would be worth more…sad to say they’re not

  34. If I wanted to make counterfeit bills, I’d certainly pick something bigger then a $2 bill. That’s not very cost effective with the cost of the paper, ink and printing…………LOL

  35. what a FREAKING bunch of idiots!

    I have had this happen to me with the “gold” dollar coins. People should know what is money or not before put on a register!

  36. I hope he files suit against Best Buy. I hope he files suite against the Clerk and manage. I hope he files a law suite against the city, the police officer that humiliated and cuffed him. I hope he files suit against members of city council. I hope he files suit against the police chief. I hope he files suite against the person that hired the SOB and etc. I have already papered cities with law suits. it is not that difficult if you have a good case. At first blush it looks good to me.

  37. Being a little nervous isn’t good enough. It’s time to pony up. This man was arrested because a lot of people, including people whose job it is to know, were ignorant about currency. Give the police and Best Buy a generous settlement offer WITH a requirement to admit in writing not only that he did nothing wrong, but that they did do something wrong. Regretting what happened isn’t an apology or an admission, because this guy sure as hell regrets what happened and he’s the victim. If they refuse to admit wrongdoing in writing to his satisfaction and to cut a check within a short period of time, let the lawyers work it out.

  38. Most kids can’t even count up–if you owe $17.50 for something and hand them a $20 bill, they should realize 50 more cents makes $18, and $2 more makes $20. They depend upon the cash registers to dispense the $2.50 and they just hand it to you, uncounted.

  39. This whole new mind set of guilty until proven innocent.. Arrest first ask questions later. They could have taken his info and license and arrested him later if the bills ended up being fake.. I hope he gets a ton of cash for the illegal kidnapping..

  40. I will be skipping Best Buy this year and shopping elsewhere for my electronic needs. And make it a point not to go to Baltimore where the cops don’t even know what US currency looks like…………..

  41. More brain work from our own police. They had better have read you your rights before they handcuffed you – You were illegally detained and the proof is in the money you provided and were cleared for – Now you can get arrested for legal currency? These guys need to fight real crime instead of working so hard not to work at all.

  42. Holy crap! I certainly hope you're making a joke, or you've just proven what was posted by elector…..

    1. A man who was turned away from being a cop on the grounds of being too intelligent took his case to court. He lost. This is a practice supported by the court of law. Look it up!

    2. That is 100% True… I love when they say "Were Sorry your too overqualified" ummm… ok i just want to put food on my family's table…

      1. "Were Sorry your too overqualified"
        If that is the wording used I would be punching myself in the face.

    3. not proven but supported what elector had said, proof would be an affidavit of personal knowledge of such, or a submissin of an authentic document from a police dept that stated such….

  43. WRT the $50 and $100 bills at 7-11s, that is actually true. Though the reason is more because registers shouldn't have more than $50 in change in them. If someone is trying to break the $50 or $100, they should have done that at the bank where they most likely received them.

    $2 where they don't have to worry about having enough change, they should darn well be taking it, no matter if they are public or private debts.

    1. No, it is not true. The stores cannot make change but if one is willing to let them "keep the change", the money is just as good as any, including gold.

  44. I would bet the cashier was pissed because he/she had to go through those bills and mark them. In her arrogance, retaliated by calling the local police. This is a case of a lazy Cashier, Incompetent manager and a dumba$$ police officer.
    SUE SUE SUE.

  45. I am smelling a lawsuit, what an embarrassment to Best Buy to have such an stupid person working for them.

  46. So even if Best Buy didn't take the money, which they can't refuse because it is legal tender, they had no call to get the police involved. The store should start over with its personnel and apparently so should the police force.

  47. No, not all youth are this ignorant. Not even a large percentage is. Having one teenager and one that just became an adult, I have seen all kinds of kids. Some were great and some not so great. The majority though, are good kids, simply wanting to make money and get ready for college. The fact that none of these clerks not only speaks of lack of training, it speaks of a lack of education: from schools, parents, etc. Both of my girls know what all legal tender looks like, old and new.

  48. The new bills are the ones that look fake anyway. I was a cashier when the new 20s hit circulations a few years back and had to hold it up to the light to see the watermark. Monopoly money looks more real that that one did.

  49. “It’s a sign that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.” No, it's a sign that we now live in the post-the-death-of-intelligence-and-education world! This is how dumbed-down the sheeple have become.

  50. False arrest, false imprisonment, anyway you look at it it is a law suit. Ignorance of the LAw is no defence so i expect Best buy and this PD to settle out of court.

  51. I've always heard that $2.00 Bills are bad luck, This here proves it, haha….
    No ,Really, I'd SEU Best Buy & The City of Police !!!! They should've at least heard of a $2.00 Bill if they hadn't ever seen one. I've had plenty. That Was so Stupid of Best Buy & the so called Police..

  52. I would SOOOO own a Best Buy store….
    Our grocery store here gives $2 bills in change all the time; it's how they make their cashiers THINK about their money and count change back. It's brilliant, and we give them to our grandkids all of the time.

  53. Yes Indeed !!! SEU Best Buy & The so called Police !!!! I've always heard that a $2.00 bill was Bad Luck, This proves it, haha, (just kidding)
    Out of All Money, Any & Everyone should know that a $2.00 Bill is real. The Best Buy store people are really DUM-BO'S & The Baltimore Police !!! I'm 100% With the Man using the $2.00 bills, And I hope he ends up OWNING The stores & the City of Baltimore…… IGNORANT PEOPLE that We're suppose to be Trusting our Lives to & The store people that are suppose to know what Money looks like…..
    This is so Messed up…. I really hope the Man Customer get's them good….

  54. 7-11, as does many other businesses, have signs posted "We will not accept bill over $xx"(usually $50, sometimes higher) as a store policy(mostly because they clerks only have a certain amount of cash on hand and would not be able to give change to someone attempting to buy a back of gum with a $.50). There is no policy against accepting say, change to pay for you purchase or or any other method of legitimate currency. there is NO reason other than pure stupidity for them to not accept a two dollar bills to clear up his account.

  55. This would neve happen in Houston.
    There is a scrap metal dealer who advertises "I pay you in $2 bills." (no free ads for him here)
    Everyone in Houston has heard this, and while they may not have seen a $2 bill, they know what they are and that they are legal tender.

  56. It's not a sign that we are too jumpy post 9/11, it's a sign that the police department is full of retards. I have been getting $2 bills off and on since I was little. Grow a fucking brain. Also since when does a Best Buy employee have any expertise on anything? Those dipshits can't find a Shrek Dvd in alphabetical order. Seeing some smudge ink means nothing.

  57. The story states that "…he presented the bills to the cashier at Best Buy Feb. 20." What year? I wish these news websites would date their stories!

  58. The thing is I used to work for a sporting goods store and someone tried using $2 bills and the cashier near me thought they were fake… I had to correct them and tell them that $2 bills were real.
    Some people are not just stupid but $2 bills aren't around as much anymore so there's a lot of people who have no clue…

  59. Actually, that's not quite true. Pennies and nickles they don't have to accept over $3 if they don't want to. Everything else they do.

    1. Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: "United
      States coins and currency [including Federal reserve notes and
      circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks] are legal
      tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

      This statute means that all United States money as identified
      above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a
      creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a
      private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or
      coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to
      develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a
      state law which says otherwise.

    1. That's right. It was false arrest. That was once a serious offense. But that was before the United States became a police state.

  60. The police officer is still blaming 9/11 for bad decisions?! I hope this arrested guy owns the Best Buy shortly.

  61. A little nervous? No, it's another example of the asinine overreach and the stupidity of people. I hope he sues Best Buy and wins big.

  62. Yes Indeed !!! SEU Best Buy & The so called Police !!!! I’ve always heard that a $2.00 bill was Bad Luck, This proves it, haha, (just kidding)
    Out of All Money, Any & Everyone should know that a $2.00 Bill is real. The Best Buy store people are really DUM-BO’S & The Baltimore Police !!! I’m 100% With the Man using the $2.00 bills, And I hope he ends up OWNING The stores & the City of Baltimore…… IGNORANT PEOPLE that We’re suppose to be Trusting our Lives to & The store people that are suppose to know what Money looks like…..
    This is so Messed up…. I really hope the Man Customer get’s them good….

  63. Yes Indeed !!! SEU Best Buy & The so called Police !!!! I’ve always heard that a $2.00 bill was Bad Luck, This proves it, haha, (just kidding)
    Out of All Money, Any & Everyone should know that a $2.00 Bill is real. The Best Buy store people are really DUM-BO’S & The Baltimore Police !!! I’m 100% With the Man using the $2.00 bills, And I hope he ends up OWNING The stores & the City of Baltimore…… IGNORANT PEOPLE that We’re suppose to be Trusting our Lives to & The store people that are suppose to know what Money looks like…..
    This is so Messed up…. I really hope the Man Customer get’s them good….

  64. They're really blaming a counterfeiting accusation on the post 9/11 world? Give it a break, last time I checked terrorists don't pay for stereo installations.

  65. I have seen this kind of thing before. I was leaving a parking garage and paid the $2.00 fee with two Sacagawea dollars. The attendant said they "didn't accept those". I pointed out that they were legal tender. She looked again and said she thought they were tokens from another garage.
    Once I was behind a man and his daughter at McDonalds and he tried to pay with a $50.00 bill. He was told they didn't accept them and he said it was the only bill he had. He took his disappointed daughter and left. I wish I had had change for him. Because I would have demanded to see a manager with the $50.00 bill.
    When the design changed for bills about 20 years ago, my wife who worked part time at a local store, informed the shop about the changes so there wouldn't be any problems. They had not heard about the redesigns.

  66. It's more evidence that kids these days are ridiculously STUPID. We are raising a generation of morons.

  67. paid a 4800 pound debt on taxes at the local payment center in 1 and 2 pound coins,,lol Went to every shop, bank and store for 5 miles in every Direction to get it all and filled a Back pack in change, could barely pick it up,,lol THEY had to take it,, and closed ALL windows had ALL the cashiers there counting, with 100 People behind me Cheering,, they posted Guards around me, thinking I was going to be Mobbed but the people waiting to pay was loving the idea, many shouted they would do it next time. Seems, they were NOT happy about me paying a debt I didnt have to pay in the first place and they were required to pay me back because of their Screw up,lol i got a check in the post from the,them. for 4200 ponds Over paid.lol GOT to love the law,, Screw um every time you can folks,, IF I could have carried 480,000 pennies,, I would have,,lol

  68. wrong pal,it says for private AND public,convenience stores may restrict the denomination but best buy had better take them,otherwise it is forgiveness of debt.I have this on authority of my lawyer.I once tried to pay a bill and the fellow said he could only take a check "for security reasons" he ate the bill when my lawyer explained to his boss his egregious mistake.

  69. Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey told the Sun: “It’s a sign that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.”
    More a sign the employees from Best Buy and the Baltimore County police are a bunch of complete imbeciles. I am not a big fan of law suits but I would have to contact my attorney on that one.

  70. These people are i.d.i.o.t.s. It's amazing that these people (including the police) have never seen a $2 bill..

  71. Forget about being innocent until proven guilty. They locked him up; guilty until he was proven innocent. This is really ridiculous

  72. It is also a sad statement that if you review the SAT scores at a university you will find that the college who's students have the lowest scores are those in the teaching college. Students with higher SAT who start out at the teaching college usually select another major and transfer out at the end of the first semester. I can validate that because that is what I did almost 50 years ago.

  73. Try reading about legal tender laws and the fact that we do not have a law that compels private businesses to accept any form of currency. Straight from the Federal Reserve no less:

    "Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: "United
    States coins and currency [including Federal reserve notes and
    circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks] are legal
    tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

    This statute means that all United States money as identified
    above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a
    creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a
    private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or
    coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to
    develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a
    state law which says otherwise."
    http://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/currency_12772

    1. In this case, it was a debt.

      If you go into best buy, and try to buy something off the shelf for $100 of pennies, they can refuse the payment as you don't have a debt.

      However, if they are holding something of yours such as a car, and you have to pay to leave, at that point, they have to accept any form of legal tender. Not accepting legal tender is grounds to have the debt voided.

      The same is true if your car gets towed, you can pay in pennies if you want to.

  74. 1000% wrong. From the Fed's website:

    "Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: "United
    States coins and currency [including Federal reserve notes and
    circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks] are legal
    tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

    This statute means that all United States money as identified
    above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a
    creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a
    private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or
    coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to
    develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a
    state law which says otherwise."

  75. How do you like being wrong? Before you call someone dumb you should know what you're talking about. There are no Federal laws that state a business must accept FRN's. There may be state laws that do, but this is from the Federal Reserve. Eat it, buddy:

    "Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: "United
    States coins and currency [including Federal reserve notes and
    circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks] are legal
    tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

    This statute means that all United States money as identified
    above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a
    creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a
    private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or
    coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to
    develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a
    state law which says otherwise."

  76. I think you have the wrong take away from this. They knew what a two dollar bill was, they were just angry at the guy since he paid his bill in them, so they decided that they were going to say the bills were counterfeit. My comment above is clarifying why the secret service was involved (since Soop seemed to think that it was because of terrorism).

  77. It's bad enough that the children working at Best Buy didn't recognize the $2 Bills but for the Police not to recognize them is pathetic. It seems as though Police Departments have been lowering the bar for hiring.

  78. I like how everyone is talking about how dumb the police are. none of you obviously know police procedure if they suspect money if conterfited the have to take him in till it is sorted out.

  79. I once asked a cashier if she knew one of the most common facts about american money bill was… She answered that they all pictures of american presidents. I then asked her if Benjamin Franklin was a president? She said no and then proceed to give me a one hundred dollar bill from her cash drawer because; she said, "it had to be fake"!!!

  80. Hamilton's ten dollar bills must be fake too. Federal Reserve Notes are not real money anyway. They are all debt notes issued by a private banking cartel known as the Federal Reserve which is not federal and has no reserves. We are under orders from our own government (which is in cahoots with the cartel) to use the "legal" counterfeit tender which has no real backing. It is not real money.

  81. With the exception of "The Perp", I'm sure these idiots involved were all low information Democrats!

  82. Commenting on the incident, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey told the Sun: “It’s a sign that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.”

    No you guys both at Best Buy and at the Police Station are idiots and the man should sue the pants off of both the Police Dept and Best Buy..

  83. OH MY FRIGGIN' GAWD……………the FIRST thing wrong with the Keystone Kop idiots at the police department (sic) is: The BIGGEST problem counterfeiters have is getting sequential numbers on bills. That should be the FIRST thing to legitimize those bills. Had they been the same, or even five different numbers, would be different. Maybe I will continue to stay out of New Jersey for awhile longer. It's been 5 years………..that's not long enough.

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