An eighth-grade student found herself in hot water for buying chicken nuggets for lunch – using a $2 bill.

Danesiah Neal, an eighth grader at Fort Bend Independent School District’s Christa McAuliffe Middle School outside of Houston, Texas, attempted to pay for lunch with a $2 bill given to her by her grandmother, Sharon Kay Joseph. However, cafeteria workers at the school didn’t believe that it was real – they never see $2 bills, apparently – and she was sent to what Neal called “the police office.” The school district has since clarified that the Fort Bend ISD has its own police department. According to Neal, the police officer told her that she could be in “big trouble” for using the bill which they believed to be counterfeit.

How much trouble? Under federal law, a person who intentionally uses counterfeit money can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and subject to a fine.

Some semblance of sanity eventually took over and school officials called Joseph, who confirmed that she had given the bill to her granddaughter to pay for lunch. In the meantime, the police (who apparently didn’t have much else to do that day) went to the convenience store where Joseph was given the bill. They also took the bill to a local bank where it was eventually determined to be real. Phony crisis averted.

Who hasn’t seen a $2 Bill? Is this really commonplace?

  1. Mr Diesel - Trump is fine with Me - He is better than Hildabeast says:

    It gets even better, you can buy $2 bills in sheets and walk in and cut them up in front of them and hand them over.

  2. Mr Diesel - Trump is fine with Me - He is better than Hildabeast says:

    • McCullough says:

      My favorite liquor store always threw in a Jefferson deuce in my change (cash only store), which I thought odd. She requested them from the bank and just liked handing them out.

      I never had a problem passing them on…….not ever.

    • McCullough says:

      What a scam, so a sheet of (32) $2 bill cost you $102 Bucks?….

      Must be Common Core math graduates.

      • Mr Diesel - Trump is fine with Me - He is better than Hildabeast says:

        Hey, I didn’t say it was a good deal.

  3. Fitty Cent says:

    Too bad it’s only worth a dollar….if that.

  4. ± says:

    I’ve heard of $2 bill idiots. I acquired 10 brand new ones a year ago and thought I would have some fun around here using them. I used them one at a time at Starbucks on different clerks. Not one clerk even hesitated to accept one and no one even made a comment about them. Apparently Starbucks must train their people about them.

  5. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    We are moving to a cashless society where “any” bill will become rare.

    I haven’t seen a $2 in decades now and only 2-3 times before that.

    “If you don’t know/think what I do….. then you must be stupid.” This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • ± says:

      We are not moving to a cashless society. The politicians you help to hire would never allow it.

      ****** evinced bobbo **********
      “If you don’t know/think what I do….. then you must be stupid.” This is why we can’t have nice things.

      This tops all non-syllogisms you’ve ever posted here before.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Its not all kinds of things.

        It is: a conditional statement.

        As all too often PM: overly focused on the unimportant and non controlling elements of whatever point you are trying to make.

        • ± says:

          Do the blog a favor and don’t post anything if you can’t respond cogently.

      • Bill Billingham says:

        Politicians would love a cashless society, it makes it so much easier to track you.

  6. El Chapo says:

    “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

    Yeah, you must be stupid.

  7. Hey Now says:

    “If you don’t know/think what I do….. then you must be stupid.”

    Isn’t that basically your credo?

    Say no and your new name is Lyin’ Bob.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      No. It is an example of ignorance. Often seen and pointed out here………….. like your post…… although that is a closer call.

  8. spsffan says:

    Of course, the $2 bill shown above is a more rare older version. The post 1976 bills have the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the reverse, not Monticello.

    But the ignorance of the school (and other) personnel does not surprise me in the least. People are not taught about the real world in school anymore. I bet then entire bunch is up to date on Kim and Kanye though.

  9. Hmeyers says:

    Making counterfeit $2 bills wouldn’t be a very profitable activity.

    Sounds like several types of dumb converged to create the perfect storm of stupidity.

  10. Shocked says:

    I guess Americans should not cross the 49th parallel. Not only is $2 currency very common here, but it is in COIN form! Imagine that!

  11. Glenn E. says:

    If we’re really moving toward a cashless society. Why haven’t they eliminated the penny, long ago? Because the states depend so much on taxing the middle and lower class. They keep sales taxes of 6 – 9 cents on the dollar. Avoiding 5 and 10 cents. So it doesn’t seem so bad. My state use to be 5 cents, per dollar. Then they decided they desperately needed that extra penny. So no more using nickles. I think Colorado has been 9 or 9.5 cents per dollar for years. Not that’s totally ridiculous. And why not just make it 10 cents even?

    All the vendors could easily adjust their prices to be even, instead of $.99 or $1.99 or whatever. Eliminating all this penny cheaper pricing nonsense, that’s keeping the need for this near worthless coin alive. My local Dollar Tree did it. But they’re still stuck with the 6 cents sales tax. The Dollar General stores, figure the sales tax into the price. So I only hand over small bills, when I buy something there. Now how hard is that for everyone else to do? It’s not like it’s rocket science.

    They could probably eliminate the US nickle too, by now. But since eliminating the penny, seems such a hardship. I’m not pushing it.

    • ± says:

      There will never be a cashless society. No. Fucking. Way. Or not?¹

      Politicians have to approve the no cash thing (in the USA) for this to occur. They would be removing the primary vehicle of their own self enrichment (in the aggregate; of course there are a few honest ones).

      Bitcoin¹ or some other financial construct is the only possibility for this to occur. But if there is the slightest possibility of lost anonymity it ain’t happening.

      ¹This may be possible. A friend’s computer was just hijacked last week for ransom and the only way he can get his files back is to pay in bitcoin. How could this be unless it is not possible to trace back the transaction?

    • WmDE says:

      Eliminating the penny is admitting that the dollar is not worth a handful of zinc. The problem is that the dollar is not worth 100 pennies. Keep the penny trash the dollar, Maybe we can stay on the zinc standard.

    • EL CHEAPO says:

      Print the bill formerly known as the $20.00 bill, the $19.99 with Prince.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Several Mom and Pop type stores in my area have a penny jar at checkout. Need two Pennys? Take them from the jar. got change? Leave it in the jar if you will. I do.

      The national stores don’t do that…but at Lowe’s last week I actually complained when the change was going to be xx.99 cents and I said “Could you make it an even..whatever?” and they did. I think they probably wanted all the coins and it was worth the penny.

    • What's a Penny? says:

      No more penny here. Round up or down to nearest nickel.

      It’s been a while now, and nobody even thinks about it anymore.

      Just do it!

  12. EL CHEAPO says:

    Instead of a huge ridesharing industrial complex, we can save money by letting the kids print funny money with printsharing. Print Trump $3 bills! With higher debt they might be work a quarter.

  13. Lemming-less Lou says:

    You may want to look more closely at that two-dollar bill and precisely who issued it. You might immediately notice the presence of red ink. Notice how most, if not all of the U.S. other paper “dollars” in your pocket don’t have red ink? You may even have a different looking two-dollar bill that also has no red ink as well. But it’s that red ink which I’m sure started all this counterfeit bullshit.

    So look again! This time, try to READ the damned things. Notice how that red inked 2-dollar bill is NOT issued by the FEDERAL RESERVE and how all your other “money” is? These “red bills” are actually issued by the U.S. Treasury! And that’s because of a small power struggle between the U.S. government and it’s most inter-twined (corrupt) vendor — the FEDERAL RESERVE!

    Here’s where it gets crazy. The Federal Reserve is NOT an official “branch” of the U.S. government. Don’t let the Federal Reserve chairman fool you either. That chairman is still a PRIVATE citizen who is selected to sit as the Federal Reserve chairman by the U.S. president who, in turn, gets HIS list of candidates from the Federal Reserve BOARD. This is all just smoke and mirrors to fool people into thinking the Federal Reserve is part of the government when it isn’t. Go ahead. You naysayers and fools, check it out. The “Federal Reserve” is about as “Federal” as the well known package shipper Federal Express is.

    So why is there a “Federal Reserve” at all? you might be asking. The answer is simple: The U.S. Constitution PROHIBITS the Federal Government from having any control over a “National Bank.” And so, in 1913 under Democrat Woodrow Wilson, the Federal Reserve was born to get around those pesky “outdated laws” along with other sweeping American entities like the IRS and new “progressive” laws regarding income taxes.

    Now, look at that two-dollar bill again. As I said, it was issued by a REAL branch of the U.S. government called the “U.S. TREASURY”! Nowhere on it does it say “Federal Reserve”. Instead, it says, U.S. Treasury “silver certificate.” And this issuance of silver certificates was done by the Kennedy administration in an attempt to reign in the Federal Reserve whereby handing control of the money supply to the government — NOT some PRIVATE corporation whose only customer is the U.S. government. (Some even say, this was a very big motive in assassinating JFK, too.)

    So you could look at this whole story from a completely reversed point of view — that little girl was probably the ONLY person who used REAL United States issued MONEY!

    • McCullough says:

      Calm down Lemmy, that’s a stock photo your looking at. Snagged di-rectly from the Internets.

      Now, carry on.

    • Hmeyers says:

      Is this wacko for real?

      “Silver Certificate” was printed on bills from 1878 to 1964 as part of the “gold standard” because money at the time was backed by precious metals.

      Kennedy didn’t invent the “gold standard”.

      Go huff some more paint thinner.

  14. Eddie G says:

    This would be a lot funnier if it wasn’t so unsurprising.

  15. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Link goes to a Five Dollar bill of Bill Murray:

  16. Charlie says:

    Should people be allowed to teach children in a school if they are so lacking in common knowledge that they never heard of a $2 bill? Maybe the salaries of teachers are so low that only the ignorant are allowed to teach.

  17. webbrowan says:

    I can’t imagine the kind of trauma that they put that little girl through! Goodness, no kid needs to go through that kind of event I think! But on a side note, makes me glad that the car financing business deals with direct transfers and less physical cash so no crisis for us in this industry either! Haha!


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