From Racine County Eye:
By Denise Lockwood in Police and fire · July 5, 2016 · No comments
"An Illinois woman was charged with drunk driving and forgery after she tried to buy $49 in food from a Taco Bell with a counterfeit $50 bill.
"Joy Taborn, 42, of Joliet, IL, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with uttering a forgery. If convicted of the charge, Taborn faces up to six years in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.
"According to the criminal complaint, an employee at the restaurant
called the police when Taborn tried to buy $49 in food from Taco Bell,
5620 Washington Ave. Taborn left before she could get her food. When
police stopped Taborn in her car leaving the restaurant, the officer
found that Taborn had another $50 bill that had the same serial number
as the one used to pay Taco Bell.
"During the investigation, the detective learned that only the $50
used to buy the food was counterfeit and the other one was not. Taborn
told the police she buys items in Joliet from Target and Walmart, and
sells them in Racine. She received the counterfeit bill from someone she
sold clothing to, but she couldn’t describe the man she sold them to.
"The officer told Taborn that her story didn’t make sense. She was
also cited for drunken driving because her blood-alcohol content was
.12, just over the legal limit of .08.
"A cash bond was set for $500. Taborn is expected to have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. July 13."
Read more: http://racinecountyeye.com/counterfeit-cash-turns-taco-bell-run-sour-police-say/
Yay! That's "my" Taco Bell. I eat there way too often for my budget.
When I ran the muffler shop in Chicago, I took in 5 counterfeit twenties and didn't even know it. At the end of the day, I wrote a personal check and cashed it. Later, I went to a liquor store to buy my booze. The guy behind the counter there didn't even look at the twenty I gave him. He said, "Someone played a joke on you. This isn't real." At first I worried about the other twenties I took from the till, but they were OK. The bank caught the other 4 twenties. I asked the guy at the liquor store how he could tell it was fake without even looking at it. He said, "The feel. It didn't feel like real money." I still couldn't tell the difference.
I wanted to keep the counterfeit twenty, but the Secret Service made me turn it in. At the end of my telephone conversation with a Secret Service agent, he asked for a quote on exhaust work for a Corvette. I thought, "A Corvette? We pay these guys too much."