In a story you have to read in the original to believe, security guards at a Best Buy in Baltimore handcuffed and interrogated a customer and then followed up by calling the Secret Service because the customer attempted to pay them with $2 bills.
First the store manager tried to reject the bills because they had never heard of them, making me marvel at the ignorance of Best Buy employees. Then they treated the guy as if he were a terrorist in front of the whole store, showing their usual level of politeness and common sense. Then they called the Secret Service who told them they were idiots and to uncuff the guy and take the money.
There are a lot more details to this amazing store in the original article from The Baltimore Sun, which ran about a month ago. What I haven’t seen and would like to is a followup either with the Secret Service charging the Best Buy manager with a crime for attempting to not accept legal tender, or with the victim suing Best Buy to get a little justice or just to make a point. At the very least I’d like to hear that the store manager had been fired.
I’ve been annoyed by Best Buy before – pretty much every time I go in there and try to buy something and leave with a slime-covered feeling afterwards. So I’m doing what I can and selling my Best Buy stock, even though it’s gone up more than 80% in two years. I can find another high-performing stock to put that money in and they can go to hell.
In a related story, this doesn’t seem to be an isolated phenomenon. The $2 bill appears to be a major threat to the nation, at least to judge from the reaction of Taco Bell Managers. Fortunately, Reb is on the job with his $2 bill history and info page, as well as a campaign to keep them in circulation. So go down to your bank, get some $2 bills and spend them whenever you can.
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