It all started during the WIBX Christmas Eve Show just a few weeks ago. It almost ended with me passing a fake $100 bill at Stewarts, which would have most definitely led to my arrest.
Rick E. Lewis from Rome's Capitol Theatre brought a group in to perform a live holiday song in the studio during the show. At one part of the song, fake $100 bills were shot out of a promotional money gun and these bills looked real. In fact, they were movie prop bills intended for use in movies and productions and with the exception of the small disclaimer deeming them fake, they seemed authentic.
When the group had finished we all picked up the bills and a few of them wound up in my jacket. Fast forward to mid-January and the moment I was cashing in $100 at Stewarts on Clinton Road in Clinton.
As I was walking into the store, I placed a real $100 bill in my left pocket. I picked out the items I was purchasing and asked for 5s and 10s because I needed change. As the clerk was collecting my change, I reached into my left pocket and felt bills. As you probably expect, I pulled out a stack of about 50 fake $100 bills. Now, my memory has been jogged and I clearly remember the fake bills from Christmas Eve. The problem is, I'm afraid I might have inadvertently given one of the fake bills to the clerk.
Here's a statement I never thought I'd ever hear coming out of my own mouth: "Can you check that $100 bill, I might have given you a fake one."
That was awkward.
It turned out I had given the clerk a real $100 bill. I'm sure I would have been able to talk my way out of this one, but can you imagine if I had left and it was the fake bill?
It would be kind of odd announcing our Crime Stoppers Wanted Person of the Week and finding out the person wanted was me.
The lesson was learned. Don't carry around fake money, even if it's a prop for a movie, or a Christmas Eve parody song.
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