No One Will Believe The $20 Bills You Printed At Home Are Real Money

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Your home printer might be truly awesome, but unless you’re trying to trick cashiers who have no concept of what real money looks like, you’re probably not going to fool anyone into thinking that the $20 bills produced in your home office are the real deal.

According to police, a Florida woman had not only been passing around fake money, but she’d been making it herself at home by printing out copies of $20 bills, reports The Gainseville Sun.

A Walmart employee spotted the five counterfeit $20 bills without too much trouble when the suspect handed them over on Jan. 14, the Lake City Police Department said. When the cashier questioned the woman about the funny money, she fled.

On Jan. 16, similar printed money showed up at a local Applebee’s, where a patron had left the bills to pay her tab. She also forgot her phone at the restaurant, allowing police to navigate her paper trail pretty darn easily.

Police contacted the phone’s owner and arranged to meet at a nearby hotel to return it. While there, an officer pulled the fake money out of a bag and asked her about it.

The woman “immediately became embarrassed and began to stammer as she spoke,” the police department said, and admitted using the money at Applebee’s.

Police later found “numerous counterfeit bills, along with blank paper and a printer” in a hotel room.

“It was determined that [the suspect] had not only been passing counterfeit bills, but that she had been producing them herself,” LCPD said.

Officers discovered marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, as well. The suspect was arrested on possession of counterfeit bills, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug equipment. The U.S. Secret Service is also looking into her case, said LCPD.

She’s also earned herself a spot in the “You Only Have Yourself To Blame” Hall Of Fame, where she has plenty of company:

• A fellow who left a literal trail of cash leading straight to him from the scene of a bank robbery.

• The bank robbery suspect who led police straight to his house when he swiped his ATM card before demanding cash.

The would-be robber who had to be rescued by firefighters after tried to crawl through a pizzeria’s ventilation duct to steal and got stuck.

The bank robbery suspect who was caught by police when he stopped for lunch at a casino.

The KFC worker who pulled a gun on his boss and returned for a paycheck the next day.

Suspected thieves who police said tried to sell a pawn shop owner his own stuff back, unaware that they’d purloined it from him in the first place.

A guy who police overhead planning a burglary after he unwittingly butt-dialed 9-1-1.

The burglary suspect who made things pretty easy by falling through the store’s ceiling… in front of cops.

A man who was freed after 15 years in prison for robbery who was accused of heading straight back there to rob it again.

The students who were arrested after allegedly stealing a $7,500 Ronald McDonald figure and then completing their drive-thru order.

A guy who was found sleeping in his car at a McDonald’s drive-thru who was charged with DUI after he tried to pay cops for his burgers.

The burglary suspect who broke into a restaurant and was caught after he tried to cook himself up some tasty crab cakes.

A man accused of burgling a fried chicken restaurant who found himself in handcuffs when he returned to the eatery the next day — and wearing the same clothes, no less.

The guy found snoozing at a Wendy’s drive-thru who woke up to a DUI and no fries.

The father-daughter duo accused of going on a burglary spree who were nabbed after she posted a doctored Microsoft employee badge on Facebook.

The criminal mastermind whose brilliantly plotted heist was undone after he returned to the scene to grab a remote control for the sound system he allegedly stole 30 minutes before.

A real-life Hamburglar accused of robbing a McDonald’s who was caught when he crashed into the local mayor.

Yet another snoozer, this time, a guy police found asleep in the McDonald’s drive-thru who was charged with driving while intoxicated after scoring a blood alcohol content of 0.14%.

The guy accused of breaking into Walmart and trying to saw through the ceiling of the store’s cash room while an employee was present.

The blabby teen who bragged online about pulling off a bank robbery. He apparently thought no one watches YouTube.

A would-be Walmart robber who was unfortunate to get hit by his own getaway vehicle.

The timid bank robber who scared himself silly by shooting his gun, and ended up fleeing without cash.

An accused robber of storage units who left behind a pizza box with his address on it.

The accused thief who made the rookie mistake of uploading pics from a stolen iPad to the cloud.

Speaking of uploading things, there was the time when a Disney cruise worker accused of stealing an iPhone unwittingly sent photos to the cloud of his adventures with the pilfered device.

The guy who reported the theft of an iPhone he’d just stolen from someone else to the police.

A very sleepy man who allegedly broke into a bar and then took a nice nap on the kitchen table.