Wal-Mart: The New Currency Police





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Published on Sep 20, 2012

A woman is suing a San Antonio Wal-Mart after two employees ripped apart two $100 bills she used for payment.

After having police called on her and being detained for about 3 hours, Texas resident Julia Garcia says she will be pursuing a lawsuit against the chain for false imprisonment and emotional distress after two employees ripped two $100 bills she had obtained from an earlier vehicle sale and subsequently accused her of counterfeiting money.

According to Garcia's complaint, on December 18, 2010 she "presented the cashier with one $100 bill, one $50 bill and change. The cashier inspected the $100 bill, turned to another cashier and had a brief discussion, and returned to her register to tell the Plaintiff that her money was "fake.""

The cashier next proceeded to rip Garcia's $100 bill in half without performing any counterfeit detection tests, at which point Garcia said that the "metallic strip in the $100 bill was clearly visible."

Only after ripping the bill did the cashier use a counterfeit detection pen, which Garcia says she saw turn yellow, a color she says means the bill is real, having herself previously worked retail.

The cashier refused to acknowledge the pen's evidence and instead called a manager and told Garcia she was keeping the money.

A manager named Russell arrived to assist with the transaction. After explaining "that she had just sold her vehicle to purchase Christmas gifts for her children," Garcia "took out the other $100 she had in her possession. Russell took this bill from her, told her it was also counterfeit, ripped it in half and again told [Garcia] she had to wait for the police."

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