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MrMacMan
Mar 9, 2004, 05:34 PM
Get is Straight from CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/03/09/million.dollar.bill.ap/index.html)

wow...

Um... yeah people there is no $1 Million Dollar bill geez... :eek:

Whats next a 50 cent fifty bill? :p

--MrMacMan

guyute
Mar 9, 2004, 05:52 PM
Get is Straight from CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/03/09/million.dollar.bill.ap/index.html)

wow...

Um... yeah people there is no $1 Million Dollar bill geez... :eek:

Whats next a 50 cent fifty bill? :p

--MrMacMan

She clearly had to have been cracked out.
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Sun Baked
Mar 9, 2004, 05:54 PM
I thought this was going to be a variation of the Million Dollar Bond Note thing again, wasn't. :rolleyes:

Way above the $100,000 bill used by the Treasury Department long ago, or the old $10,000 bills used by the banks.

---

Million Dollar Special Issue US Dollar bills generated by Canadians, what a fun thing to hand to people (worth $1 Canadian Retail).

mrjamin
Mar 9, 2004, 06:05 PM
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/fakemillion1.html

Hilarious. Worth redifining the term "pikey" methinks! Also worth checking is the $200 bill (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/bushbill1.html) page. Hint: look at the signs on the reverse side of the note, my favourite is "we like broccoli"

MrJ

Stelliform
Mar 9, 2004, 06:14 PM
I have always had a low opinion of the people at Wal-Mart. :rolleyes:

Did the lady think that the register would have $999,997 in change?

Awimoway
Mar 9, 2004, 06:22 PM
I laughed when I saw this story at cnn.com. What I don't get is how someone who has the skills to make a decent looking note lacks the common sense to realize that no such thing exists. For years now $100 has been the highest denomination available.

Coincidentallly, Spymac (I know, I know) today has a graphic of another fake note--a $1000 bill--on their front page to accompany some promotion.

Sun Baked
Mar 9, 2004, 06:27 PM
I laughed when I saw this story at cnn.com. What I don't get is how someone who has the skills to make a decent looking note lacks the common sense to realize that no such thing exists. For years now $100 has been the highest denomination available.

Coincidentallly, Spymac (I know, I know) today has a graphic of another fake note--a $1000 bill--on their front page to accompany some promotion.They used to have $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $100,000 bills.

But not all of them were public notes.

Awimoway
Mar 9, 2004, 06:31 PM
They used to have $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $100,000 bills.

But not all of them were public notes.

Right. But not recently. Precious few are in circulation and would be bound to attract attention--precisely the sort of thing a counterfeiter doesn't want.

wdlove
Mar 9, 2004, 06:39 PM
Her mug shot would certainly make a bill like that unlikely. That's an on the ball clerk. It goes back to my nursing training, if the amount used is larger than usual, then it should be a red flag for close scrutiny and questioning.

eyelikeart
Mar 9, 2004, 06:50 PM
Just when u think people cannot get anymore dumb. :rolleyes:

coopdog
Mar 9, 2004, 06:57 PM
I have $1,000,000 $50,000 and $100,000 notes from the bank my dad used to work at. They would frame the large money certificates that were void or canceled. I have always wanted to photoshop the VOID stamp off it. And get peoples' reaction.

applemacdude
Mar 9, 2004, 07:08 PM
http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2004/US/South/03/09/million.dollar.bill.ap/story.million.dollar.ap.jpg

Mr. Anderson
Mar 9, 2004, 07:12 PM
Not running on all cylinders there...

$1,000,000 - $1,675 = $997,325

Sure, WalMart has that on hand......

D :rolleyes:

agreenster
Mar 9, 2004, 07:14 PM
What an absolute friggin idiot. Even 1,000 dollar bills have been out of circulation for years and years. And did she REALLY think that Wal-Mart was going to give her CHANGE for a million dollar bill? My god my god.

My god. What people will do.

EDIT

Heres an interesting link. I guess there actually WAS a 100,000 dollar bill back in the day...

http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/valleyview/computerlab/misc/money/presidential-money.html

mactastic
Mar 9, 2004, 07:15 PM
I have $1,000,000 $50,000 and $100,000 notes from the bank my dad used to work at. They would frame the large money certificates that were void or canceled. I have always wanted to photoshop the VOID stamp off it. And get peoples' reaction.

Just don't try it in Photoshop CS. ;)

agreenster
Mar 9, 2004, 07:21 PM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=63617

Wish there was an easy way to consolidate similar threads...

agreenster
Mar 9, 2004, 07:23 PM
Her mug shot would certainly make a bill like that unlikely. That's an on the ball clerk. It goes back to my nursing training, if the amount used is larger than usual, then it should be a red flag for close scrutiny and questioning.

On the ball? More like, one step smarter than a garden snail. Even a complete idiot would know there is no such thing as a million dollar bill. Could you imagine the clerk trying to make change? She must have a lot of faith in her Wal-Mart to think they have over a million in cash at the store...

bennetsaysargh
Mar 9, 2004, 07:29 PM
haha!:p
it's ridiculous how stupid people can be but honestly, 1 million dollars?
no offense to anyone, but i wouldn't be at walmart if i had a million dollars.

wdlove
Mar 9, 2004, 07:46 PM
haha!:p
it's ridiculous how stupid people can be but honestly, 1 million dollars?
no offense to anyone, but i wouldn't be at walmart if i had a million dollars.

I have never been in a Walmart.

I was acquainted with a man who's son had used his computer to print $20 bills. He got caught and was turned over to the Secret Service. The father happened to work at a university and it was kept quiet. High tech is just making people do stupid things. When I was in high school the big thing was to cruise a restaurant.

themadchemist
Mar 9, 2004, 08:08 PM
I used to live about 40 miles from that little piece of nowhere called Roanoke Rapids...The place whose most significant event was depicted in The Smoking Gun: The passing off of a $200 bill portraying our most-loved leader, that president's president, master of the galaxy and blaster of the cosmos, George Walker Bush.

Macmaniac
Mar 9, 2004, 08:35 PM
I hope someone can find a picture of those $1000 bills, I know they exist, I can't believe how stupid that woman was to think she could get away with that.... Jeez intelligence hits a new low.
Wait I found one look at this;)

Hemingray
Mar 9, 2004, 11:37 PM
Here, if you want pictures of large-denomination bills, why not just get the pictures right from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing...

http://www.moneyfactory.com/section.cfm/5/42

MrMacMan
Mar 9, 2004, 11:38 PM
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/fakemillion1.html
MrJ

haha yeah I checked the smoking gun after posting this... wow pretty classy on her behalf.


According to the court documents, her husband have her the bills... either she was a blithering idiot... or he was trying to be funny... :eek:


I hope someone can find a picture of those $1000 bills, I know they exist, I can't believe how stupid that woman was to think she could get away with that.... Jeez intelligence hits a new low.
Wait I found one look at this;)

http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/valleyview/computerlab/misc/money/presidential-money_files/1000dollarbill-3.jpg

Posted earlier ^^

Hemingray
Mar 9, 2004, 11:45 PM
Well heck, okay, as long as we're posting pics...

The $100,000 bill was actually a Gold Certificate and was never available to the general public. Incidentally, it's illegal to own a $100,000 Gold Certificate (and yes, I want one. :D )

MongoTheGeek
Mar 10, 2004, 07:55 AM
Well heck, okay, as long as we're posting pics...

The $100,000 bill was actually a Gold Certificate and was never available to the general public. Incidentally, it's illegal to own a $100,000 Gold Certificate (and yes, I want one. :D )

I blame FDR, that commie.

cubist
Mar 10, 2004, 08:17 AM
Also note she had $1700 of stuff in her cart(s)! That's a lot of stuff at a Wal-Mart. She must have emptied whole racks/shelves. When the clerk balked at the big bill, she tried to pay with $3 in gift cards. It sounds like a deliberate plea for attention to me.

slowtreme
Mar 10, 2004, 08:49 AM
Since there is no such thing as a Million Dollar bill, how can you be charged with counterfitting one?

Attempted Fraud sure... Petty Theft maybe if she had made it out the store, But there was no Counterfitting here.

I say she gets off.

Thomas Veil
Mar 10, 2004, 08:57 AM
Heres an interesting link. I guess there actually WAS a 100,000 dollar bill back in the day...

http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/valleyview/computerlab/misc/money/presidential-money.html
I believe I've seen that for real. I remember as a kid, going on a tour of the Treasury department with my parents, and being shocked to see a bill that big. It was in a secured area, in a wall display frame along with examples of the more usual, smaller denominations.


http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2004/US/South/03/09/million.dollar.bill.ap/story.million.dollar.ap.jpg
Is it just me, or does she look mightily p---ed?

MongoTheGeek
Mar 10, 2004, 09:10 AM
I believe I've seen that for real. I remember as a kid, going on a tour of the Treasury department with my parents, and being shocked to see a bill that big. It was in a secured area, in a wall display frame along with examples of the more usual, smaller denominations.



Is it just me, or does she look mightily p---ed?

Its on the tour of the bureau of engraving and printing. (Where they print the bills) Get there early the tours are packed.

Hemingray
Mar 10, 2004, 10:22 AM
Since there is no such thing as a Million Dollar bill, how can you be charged with counterfitting one?

Attempted Fraud sure... Petty Theft maybe if she had made it out the store, But there was no Counterfitting here.

I say she gets off.

Perhaps the act of trying to use it as legal tender makes it counterfeit? Not of the denomination itself (since $1M bill of course never existed), but of the device that it's used for.

jxyama
Mar 10, 2004, 11:13 AM
i think any attempt to make or pass off on any currency lookalike is counterfeiting. it's probably irrelevant whether the "real" thing exists or not. trying to pass illegitimate note as legal tender is..?

but i see your point, though. counterfeiting is usually faking something and how can you fake something that doesn't exist?

i like the thought of using $1,000,000 bill to pay for $1,600 in merchandise. that's equivalent to handing over a $100 bill for a 20 cent bubble gum purchase. :D

Gymnut
Mar 10, 2004, 02:24 PM
Yikes,

She looks a bit man-ish.

Macmaniac
Mar 10, 2004, 03:39 PM
I have some old silver certificates, they are so cool! The neatest legal tender bills had to be the Hawaii Silver Certificates, I wish I had some;)

Hemingray
Mar 10, 2004, 06:08 PM
I have some old silver certificates, they are so cool! The neatest legal tender bills had to be the Hawaii Silver Certificates, I wish I had some;)

I saw a couple of them at a local antique mall awhile back... didn't get them tho because they were really chewed up... but I agree, they're cool. :)

I also really like the $10,000 bill. Binion's Horseshoe casino in downtown Las Vegas used to have a display of 100 (!) of them. Luckily I got to see it before they SOLD them!! :(

Counterfit
Mar 10, 2004, 09:55 PM
Since there is no such thing as a Million Dollar bill, how can you be charged with counterfitting one?

Attempted Fraud sure... Petty Theft maybe if she had made it out the store, But there was no Counterfitting here.

I say she gets off. As honored as I would be, I am not a verb ;)

MrMacMan
Mar 10, 2004, 10:57 PM
Since there is no such thing as a Million Dollar bill, how can you be charged with counterfitting one?

Attempted Fraud sure... Petty Theft maybe if she had made it out the store, But there was no Counterfitting here.

I say she gets off.

No, faking any denomation of bill is called counterfeiting, even if it is fake.

MongoTheGeek
Mar 11, 2004, 07:29 AM
Sad followup really.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=757&e=10&u=/ap/20040311/ap_on_re_us/brf_million_dollar_bill

jxyama
Mar 11, 2004, 08:40 AM
Sad followup really.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=757&e=10&u=/ap/20040311/ap_on_re_us/brf_million_dollar_bill

my goodness, that's outrageous. the fact she had loaded up her cart with $1,600 worth of merchandise shows how out of touch she is. it's not like her gift cards came anywhere close to that amount and it's not every day that someone shops for that much to begin with. (at a walmart, of all places...)

estranged husband would just give her a million bucks. suuurree... :rolleyes:

MongoTheGeek
Mar 11, 2004, 09:28 AM
my goodness, that's outrageous. the fact she had loaded up her cart with $1,600 worth of merchandise shows how out of touch she is. it's not like her gift cards came anywhere close to that amount and it's not every day that someone shops for that much to begin with. (at a walmart, of all places...)

estranged husband would just give her a million bucks. suuurree... :rolleyes:

My point is that she was probably just stupid not malicious and stupid.

jxyama
Mar 11, 2004, 09:50 AM
My point is that she was probably just stupid not malicious and stupid.

i guess she is "stupid"... really out of touch with reality, but i guess that's what stupidity is...

when i first heard the news, i thought the person must just be nuts and really thought $1 million bill was "real." i just thought it would be unbelievably dumb of someone to maliciously (as you said) pass off $1 million bill as real.

Sun Baked
Mar 11, 2004, 10:02 AM
U.S. v. Kevin Jackson- Newark, NJ, May 29,2001

The defendant was convicted of conspiring to transmit a bogus 1934 $100M Federal Reserve Note in interstate commerce. Prior to testifying, the defense agreed to stipulate that our testimony would have been that these $100M notes were fraudulent. The jury then returned a guilty verdict in one hour and twenty minutes, which included lunch.

odditie
Mar 11, 2004, 10:17 AM
I have to say, this was one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time, the logic was amazing...

I'll buy $1,700 worth of stuff with my $1,000,000 and I'm sure that I'm going to WalMart won't give me away, and who cares if they most likely don't carry $998,300 change on hands, they'll just give me a check, I'm sure, ROFL

Edit: BE NICE, I'm slow!

Hemingray
Mar 11, 2004, 10:40 AM
...and who cares if they most likely don't carry $999,983,000 change on hands, they'll just give me a check, I'm sure, ROFL

I sincerely doubt they carry $999,983, let alone $999,983,000... :p

MongoTheGeek
Mar 11, 2004, 10:44 AM
I have to say, this was one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time, the logic was amazing...

I'll buy $17,000 worth of stuff with my $1,000,000 and I'm sure that I'm going to WalMart won't give me away, and who cares if they most likely don't carry $999,983,000 change on hands, they'll just give me a check, I'm sure, ROFL

Isn't that like asking for 2 10s for a 5?

odditie
Mar 11, 2004, 10:48 AM
Be Nice, I'm Slow...

MongoTheGeek
Mar 11, 2004, 11:13 AM
Be Nice, I'm Slow...

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odditie
Mar 11, 2004, 11:16 AM
Haha, thanks for the advise...

JesseJames
Mar 11, 2004, 11:42 AM
In response to all the remarks that this woman is stupid. She is mentally ill. I heard that she was off her medication or something on the news.

MrMacMan
Mar 14, 2004, 07:06 PM
Yeah she was wacko...

Anyone who never knew there was never a $1 Mill bill... Like this one. (ftp://ftp.publicdebt.treas.gov/ccfn.jpg)

I mean how about asking your husband where he GOT THEM? :confused:

agreenster
Mar 14, 2004, 08:20 PM
Maybe she was watching too many Strong Bad Emails (http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail88.html)...

slowtreme
Mar 15, 2004, 03:24 PM
my goodness, that's outrageous. the fact she had loaded up her cart with $1,600 worth of merchandise shows how out of touch she is.It's not like Walmart doesn't sell bigscreen TV's or hunting gear, things that can easily run hundreds of dollars. How about shopping for a LCD TV (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2462499&cat=108511&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A77622%3A121791%3A108511) and maybe a DVD recorder (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2171152&cat=110929&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A62055%3A124624) to go with it. It's not that hard to spend $1600 in a store.

MrMacMan
Mar 16, 2004, 10:45 PM
It's not like Walmart doesn't sell bigscreen TV's or hunting gear, things that can easily run hundreds of dollars. How about shopping for a LCD TV (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2462499&cat=108511&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A77622%3A121791%3A108511) and maybe a DVD recorder (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2171152&cat=110929&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A62055%3A124624) to go with it. It's not that hard to spend $1600 in a store.

Or you could just blow that away with a nice $4000+ TV (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2018919&cat=110929&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A62055%3A124624&xsell=2171152)

Tho I found that same model for under $2000 outside of walmart....

Meh.


Crrazzy people...

AngryLawnGnome
Mar 16, 2004, 11:15 PM
That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard...ever. Oh ya, and those thousand and 100 thousand dollar bills are awesome.

slowtreme
Mar 17, 2004, 08:16 AM
Or you could just blow that away with a nice $4000+ TV (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2018919&cat=110929&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A62055%3A124624&xsell=2171152)I was going for items that are stocked in the stores that someone could actually toss into a cart. :)

Awimoway
Mar 18, 2004, 12:04 AM
The bill was a novelty item that can be bought at gag shops. Pike told police she got it from her estranged husband, who is a coin collector.

I knew an Air Force fighter pilot whose wife was gradually going insane. He eventually left her, which I can't totally blame him for. (For that matter, I knew a guy at college whose mother seemed very normal and then one day ran off from the family, occasionally calling home and saying some very paranoid, irrational things. She won't tell them where she is.) Anyway, I can't help but wonder if the estranged husband gave it to her out of exasperation, cruelly hoping she would embarrass herself with it. Or if, because they're estranged, she was hard up for cash and came to him and he gave the novelty bills to her to get her to go away. Sad indeed.