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GoodOldWorkingClass wrote (edited )

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It won't be handed back as change to other customers. I've just told you what they're required to do with it: send it to Federal Reserve or Treasury.

I personally received counterfeit bills as part of large commercial deposits at my bank's drive-through window. I was required to give them to my manager, who then came to the window and told the customer something like "we're sorry but this bill has been determined to be counterfeit". Customers looked surprised, but all they got was just another "polite" apology from managers. Not the bill back. Even I, the teller, didn't get to see it.

Same shit as a cashier too. I saw a cashier coworker refer a counterfeit bill to our manager. It took a few mins before the manager came out to the till and told the waiting customer she wasn't getting the bill back because .... and that we were truly sorry.

I also never witnessed a customer being given a real bill in exchange for the fake one. You just take the ding for the face value of it. I suppose it would help save you face at the moment to look a bit concerned about having lost "money" but excessive arguing doesn't help you. It just draws attention to yourself.

In no way shape or form does the store keep any record of when the bill was presented, or by who. All the talk in movies about the government tracing single bills is just fantasy. Fake bills get traced through bundles circulating in hot spots at a particular time. As for single bills received at random by businesses, the feds have no clue where or how they originated.