Wild Onion: Idiots Shop at Wal-Mart

Idiots shop at Wal-Mart. Of course this is nothing new. Truisms that perhaps your average Wal-Mart shopper doesn’t know…

  1. The largest US bill curently made is the $100 bill.
  2. The average Wal-Mart till isn’t gonna have change for a $1,000,000 in it.
  3. At no time is there a $1000 worth of stuff in Wal-Mart that you need.
  4. Knowingly passing anything that is not currency as currency is a federal crime. (fraud)

March 10, 2004,

Wal-Mart shopper comes up zero with bogus bills

Atlanta Constitution

ATLANTA — Maybe it was the funny-looking image of the Statue of Liberty that raised the cashier’s suspicions.

Or maybe it was the number of zeros.

Either way, Janice Sanders, a cashier at the Wal-Mart store in Covington, Ga., thought better than to take the $1 million bill.

Yes, $1 million.

So Sanders called her manager, who called Covington police, who arrested the woman, Alice Pike, 35.

The federal government, by the way, doesn’t make $1 million bills. They only go as high as $100 bills. In 1969, the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System discontinued currency notes in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 due to lack of use.

“This is the first time in my law enforcement career I’ve seen someone trying to use a$1 million bill,” said Covington Assistant Police Chief Almond Turner, who’s been an officer for 31 years. “It was green, but you could tell it was not a real bill.”

Pike was being held Tuesday at Newton County Jail on $2,550 bail. She is charged with first-degree forgery.

On Friday, Pike tried to use a couple of Wal-Mart cards to pay for $1,671.55 worth of items. But she only had a total of $2.32 on the cards, police said, so she handed the cashier a $1 million bill. Pike then asked for change, police said. That would be $998,328.45. When police arrived, Pike pulled two more $1 million bills from her purse.

Pike told police she got the money from her husband, said Turner, who wasn’t sure if the man had been questioned.