Weird and Whacky Wednesday:) Phony As A $100 Bill

18 Jul

“Fake; it’s the latest trend, and everyone seems to be in style.”

― Haleigh Kemmerly


I was walking around my neighborhood the other day when I noticed a strange piece of paper on the ground that resembled money. I stepped on it to stop it from blowing down the street, then picked it up. I’ve found lucky pennies, dimes, dollars, and even a $20 bill once, but this looked like $100.

On closer inspection, I noticed some sort of Chinese writing or symbols on both sides. I thought maybe it was some kind of play money, but it sure looked and felt pretty darn real. I just tucked it in my pocket and decided to Google it when I got home.

Oh my! I guess the story goes that some banks in China, supposedly, make pretend $100 bills for their employees to practice handling American money. Is it just me, or does this sound very bogus? When I read further, I guess some folks are trying to pass this phony money off on unsuspecting businesses and other people. Then, I Googled, what to do if you encounter such counterfeit currency. The article said it was illegal to have said currency, and that you should do the following…

Real or Fake?

The United States Secret Service recommends if you receive a counterfeit:

• Do not return it to the passer.

• Delay the passer if possible.

• Observe the passer’s description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used.

• Contact your local police department or United States Secret Service field office. These numbers can be found on the inside front page of your local telephone directory.

• Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the suspect note.

• Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope.

• Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer or a U.S. Secret Service special agent.


I found this one on the sidewalk, just around the corner from my house. So, I put it in a plastic ziploc bag and went next door. My neighbor is a police lieutenant, so I surrendered the bill, and asked him to look into it. I don’t think I have any U.S. Secret Service special agents on my block. If I knew that they were, then I guess they wouldn’t be that “secret” , would they? Who knows? If I found this one lying around in the street, there might be a lot more going around town.

Later on, I looked up more info about counterfeit or “play money.” I always thought it was illegal to sell or distribute money that even remotely looked like real currency. I guess not! You can buy phony money at Kohls, Amazon, Etsy, and a zillion other online sites. Call me crazy but, I don’t think that’s right.

The world is getting so fake and pretentious, who knows what’s real anymore?

Happy Wednesday, my friends. Stay real!

One Response to “Weird and Whacky Wednesday:) Phony As A $100 Bill”

  1. ccbarr July 18, 2019 at 11:11 am #


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