Those mysterious two-dollar bills

My parents are turning my old room into an office, so they keep trying to give me things I have left there. In my mind, it’s still my room, and I think I should be allowed to leave things there. My dad disagrees. We were up there last week and he kept pointing things out, trying to get me to take them. Mike randomly picked up my old piggy bank and realized that there was some money in it. It turns out that it was all $2 bills and Susan B. Anthony coins. My dad always put those in our stockings as a special treat, and I never wanted to spend them for whatever reason. I guess I thought they were really special. Since Mike and I don’t have a lot of extra cash, I decided to get over my aversion to spending those bills and coins, and we used the money to buy some stuff at Wal-Mart for the baby shower. Mike handed the cashier the coins, and she was fine with that, but she looked at the $2 bills and said, “I have never seen this before. I will have to get someone to approve these.” It took a couple of minutes, but a manager-type person came over, looked at the bills, rolled her eyes and said, “Um, yeah, those are fine. Just put them with the bigger bills in the register.” The cashier, chastened, turned to the cashier in the next lane and said, “Have you ever seen these before?” He said he had, then he said, “What, have you never seen a $2 bill?” She looked at me and Mike and said, “Now I feel really stupid.”

We declined to comment.

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18 Comments

  1. _steve

    I too used to collect $2 bills. And I too eventually spent them. πŸ™‚

    Posted 8/29/2004 at | Permalink
  2. how old was the cashier? We had a receptionist at work a couple of years ago who had never made a long distance phone call…and asked me how to do it.

    Posted 8/29/2004 at | Permalink
  3. I have a two dollar bill in my wallet that’s mint condition. I never see them anymore,..so I held onto it.

    Posted 8/29/2004 at | Permalink
  4. Hey, you’re lucky that you got to wait until you’re 24. My parents started clearing out my old room as soon as I left home.

    Posted 8/29/2004 at | Permalink
  5. Walmart. You gotta love it. She was smart to get approval. What if you were like the lady who tried to spend a million dollar bill at Walmart? πŸ™‚

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  6. Theres an old guy that is loaded that comes into Starbucks a lot, always with a new young thing on his arm. He made a fuss about having too many Starbucks gift cards so we moved them all onto one for him. The “couple” didnt order anything, but the girl wanted to leave us a tip. It was a two dollar bill she tossed into the tip jar. I for some reason thought it was odd of all the bills in her purse, that was one.

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  7. I would guess that the cashier was 18-20. Post high-school. (Old enough to know better.) πŸ˜‰

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  8. i so would have said “you should”. πŸ˜†

    i remember when my family and i went up to DC, we went to the bureau of engraving and printing and i bought and uncut set of 5 $2 bills. i still have them some place. and i used to not spend the dollar coins i got, i don’t even know where they are if i still have any. i actually got a 50 cent piece in change one time at a gas station that i carry around in my car’s cupholder.

    and i so hear you about your room. my old room right now is my sister’s extra bedroom. at least i still have my closet full of MY stuff.

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  9. Shelby

    My grandad used to give us Susan B.Anthony coins as well! Mostly because the date on them is 1979, year we were born! And funny you should mention $2 bills, Jeremy’s uncle likes to PAY people at the greenhouse with $2 bills so Jeremy always has like a million of them!

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  10. lol. “old enough to know better”

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  11. As soon as I moved out, my sister expanded into my room and assimilated everything I hadn’t already claimed as my own.

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  12. My grandfather used to put $2 bills in our stockings too πŸ™‚

    Posted 8/30/2004 at | Permalink
  13. I worked in the Yukon (beside Alaska) in summer 2000, and people all the time would spend weird money there from their last trip to Canada… we haven’t had $1 bills since 1987 or $2 bills since 1996. But people would spend old paper money from the 1950s that I had never seen.

    And once someone paid in American $2 bills which I had never seen before either.

    Posted 8/31/2004 at | Permalink
  14. When we were in Canada, Mike and I were impressed with the dollar coins and the two-dollar coins. I wish we had that here.

    But it was weird that we could leave a tip on the table that was just a couple of coins, and we still weren’t cheating anyone. hehe.

    Posted 8/31/2004 at | Permalink
  15. “when we was”? KARI! i’m shocked. πŸ˜‰

    Posted 8/31/2004 at | Permalink
  16. I don’t know what you are talking about . . . πŸ˜›

    Posted 9/1/2004 at | Permalink
  17. My room was transformed into the grandkids room quite some time ago. You just have to give it up, Kari.

    Posted 9/1/2004 at | Permalink
  18. Sarah

    She should’ve known better and should’ve just listened to the manager!

    Posted 2/15/2007 at | Permalink

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