Thursday, October 11, 2007

not your smartest counterfeiter

If you are going to do something weird, might as well do it big.

Last Saturday, a man went into the Giant Eagle supermarket in Pittsburgh to pick up a few groceries.

When he went to pay, the clerk noticed something unusual about the money he gave her: it was a $1 million bill with the picture of President Grover Cleveland on it.

When the clerk refused the "money," the man got upset. He smashed an electronic payment machine and then tried to grab the scanner gun.

Perhaps a little research would have helped. The largest US bill currently in circulation is the $100 bill (since 1969). The largest bill ever produced by the US government was a $100,000 bill (1934). They were used only by the Treasury Department and never circulated.

The Mastermind is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

He will probably have plenty of time to count his change in the coming weeks.