A man trying to pay a fee using $2 bills was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail after clerks at a Best Buy store questioned the currency’s legitimacy and called police.
According to an account in the Baltimore Sun, 57-year-old Mike Bolesta was shocked to find himself taken to the Baltimore County lockup in Cockeysville, Md., where he was handcuffed to a pole for three hours while the U.S. Secret Service was called to weigh in on the case.
Now, I do not fault the Best Buy employees as much as the police in this matter. After all, it seems that the average retail employee today is decidely wet behind the ears.
I used to go about asking if places honored Federal Reserve Notes. I usally was told no, or got blank looks. Note: Federal Reserve Notes are any legal US Cash.
My favorite quote:
Commenting on the incident, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey told the Sun: “It’s a sign that we’re all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world.”
Um. Yeah. Talking about blowing it way out of proportion. Let’s use the terrorism card to cover up our mistakes. Some guy paying with $2 bills is going to be the next World Trade pilot. Yeah.
People. Calm down a notch. Check out the situation before making a choice.
“Remember, though, your best weapon is between your ears and under your scalp – provided it’s loaded.”
B. P. Matson
Tunnel in the Sky, by Robert Heinlein