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Taco Bell Bosses Accused Of Forcing Worker To Give Customers Fake Money As Change

We would all be a lot richer if we could each invent our own money but alas, that’s just not how it works (I’d be a millionaire if only I could buy stuff with high fives, sigh). Which is why officials are none too pleased with the operators of two Taco Bell locations in New York, after a worker claimed she was forced to pass fake cash to customers as change. [More]

Bitcoin: What The Heck Is It, And How Does It Work?

Bitcoin: What The Heck Is It, And How Does It Work?

The world of finance and economics is pretty complicated as-is, and now there’s “digital money” in the mix making it even worse. Bitcoin is everywhere in the news lately, from hacks to hearings and everything in between. But there are a lot of questions about Bitcoin — starting with, what the heck is all this, anyway? And so, here is everything you wanted to know about Bitcoin, but didn’t actually want to ask your tech-loving, early-adopter friend. [More]

Would You Reject A Brown Nickel? Asking For A Friend (The U.S. Mint)

Would You Reject A Brown Nickel? Asking For A Friend (The U.S. Mint)

First of all, we’re not really friends with the U.S. Mint because it’s not a person and besides, we’ve never met it and thus have no idea if it would even laugh at all our jokes or if it likes a nice glass of wine. Everyone likes money though — unless that money looks funny. Say, a brown nickel? Would that throw you off, would you reject it as a currency? Because the Mint would like to know. [More]

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Servers Sue Wolfgang Puck Catering Company Claiming It’s Skimmed Tips Since 2008

If you’ve got the bucks, you can get celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s food at your private event. The Wolfgang Puck Catering & Events company bears a famous name, and now it’s being blamed for adding services charges to its customers’ bills without then handing over gratuities to its servers. [More]

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Man Wants To Be The First To Sell A House For Bitcoins Because Real Money Is So 2008

We are living in a digital world. If you need evidence, take a second to realize that you are reading these words on a screen. And also that someone is trying to sell a house for virtual currency — that wouldn’t have happened even a scant few years ago. The Canadian man says he’s got some projects he’s working on, and all those Bitcoins would come in super handy. [More]

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UPDATE: Bank Says $1,400 In Counterfeit Bills Weren’t Counterfeit After All

Yesterday, we told you about the Massachusetts man who withdrew $1,800 from Sovereign Bank, then took it over to pay his mortgage at Citizens Bank, only to have $1,400 of it confiscated for allegedly being counterfeit cash. Except it wasn’t. [More]

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All Maple Trees Are Not The Same: Botanists Say Canada’s New Currency Features Wrong Leaf

Canada is having a rough go of this whole “print new money and make sure it won’t melt” thing already, and now it sounds like there’s even more currency confusion. Botanists up north are claiming that the government put the wrong dang maple leaf on the country’s new polymer bills — a Norway maple leaf instead of the native Canadian maple. Ruh-roh. [More]

Customer Sues Walmart Because Cashiers Shouldn't Rip Up Two $100 Bills Without Making Sure They Are Real

Customer Sues Walmart Because Cashiers Shouldn't Rip Up Two $100 Bills Without Making Sure They Are Real

Anyone who has paid for a purchase with a $100 bill is probably familiar with the various methods that stores have for validating the authenticity of the note. But one Texas woman says she was publicly humiliated at her local Walmart when a cashier ripped up two of her C-notes — and then detained her on allegations of trying to pass counterfeit bills — without properly checking to see if the money was the real deal. [More]

If The Bank Hands You A Counterfeit Bill, You're Probably Stuck With It

If The Bank Hands You A Counterfeit Bill, You're Probably Stuck With It

While financial institutions often go through various security checks to make sure that the $50 and $100 bills you hand to them are genuine, most consumers will accept these same bills from banks without giving a thought to whether or not they are bogus. Problem is, if you end up with counterfeit cash, you are most likely screwed. [More]

Waitress Sues Cops To Get Her $12K Tip Back After It's Seized As Evidence

Waitress Sues Cops To Get Her $12K Tip Back After It's Seized As Evidence

You say to-may-toe and I say to-mah-toe, and in the case of a waitress suing law enforcement, she says $12,000 is a miraculous tip and they say it’s drug money. Oh, and there is no tomato involved. So who’s right? After all, says the waitress, she tried to return the tip to the customer and was told to keep it. All’s fair in the food industry, after all. [More]

3 Ways To Spot A Counterfeit Bill

3 Ways To Spot A Counterfeit Bill

If you suspect you’ve been stuck with counterfeit money, you should be able to verify your suspicions with a quick check. Knowing what telltale signs to look for can keep you from being ripped off in a cash transaction. [More]

Sony, Game Developer Scheme To Plague Gamers With More PS3 Microtransactions

Sony, Game Developer Scheme To Plague Gamers With More PS3 Microtransactions

Angling to get in on the microtransaction gaming action that’s all the rage online and on mobile devices, Sony and a game developer are reportedly hammering out policies to allow games to nickel and dime players to a greater extent. [More]

Your $1 Million Bills Are No Good At Walmart, Or Anywhere Else

Your $1 Million Bills Are No Good At Walmart, Or Anywhere Else

If you happen to have a $1 million bill handy, you’ll probably want to limit its use to wall display or gags. Trying to use the obviously counterfeit piece of paper to buy stuff will probably get you in trouble with authorities. [More]

Trying To Buy Snacks With Fake Money Will Get You 80 Years In Jail

Trying To Buy Snacks With Fake Money Will Get You 80 Years In Jail

Put that Monopoly money away! A man who tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to buy snacks at a movie theater has been sentenced to 80 years in jail for his crime. [More]

Do Not Invest In "Collectible" Money

Do Not Invest In "Collectible" Money

What’s the value of a $2 bill that’s been sprayed with gold leaf? Two dollars — maybe less, if merchants don’t want to accept the corrupted currency. But that hasn’t stopped vendors from selling these and other “collectible” bills and coins at prices way above face value. [More]

Homegrown Currencies Are Popular Right Now, But Do They Work?

Homegrown Currencies Are Popular Right Now, But Do They Work?

Remember the Downtown Dollars that Ardmore, PA sold to its citizens this year? Sara Lepro at American Banker looked at that and other “homegrown currency” experiments happening across the country, which are intended to stimulate the local economy and take advantage of “a growing ‘localism’ movement.” [More]

I Found My Pre-Paid Walmart MoneyCard Impossible To Use

I Found My Pre-Paid Walmart MoneyCard Impossible To Use

Chris and his wife got a Walmart Money Card as a gift and thought they’d go spend it, but the money was buried under so many layers of red tape that they weren’t able to use it. To activate the card Chris was told he had to give up a litany of personal info, including his social security number. [More]

You Can Still Overpay For $2 Bills With Stickers On Them If You Want

You Can Still Overpay For $2 Bills With Stickers On Them If You Want

Those doctored $2 bills the World Reserve Monetary Exchange advertises as collectibles via misleading newspaper and magazine ads aren’t going away. The ad ran again Monday in papers around the country. [More]