Well…I just went to Taco Bell and paid for my meal with sequential uncirculated $2 dollar bills. Whenever I spend them, the cashier usually counts them then sticks them underneath the register drawer. Sometimes I get the occasional “These are cool.” However, today the cashier stared at them, held each one up to the light for 5 seconds, swiped each one with a counterfeit money detector pen, then said “Hey, do you know the story about Taco Bell and the 2 Dollar Bill?” to her coworker, then she held up the bills for him to see. At this point, I thought she was going to call over a manager for some reason, but she just stuck them in the drawer and gave me my food within a couple of minutes.
When I got back, I decided to try to look this “story” up to see if it is something that’s online…and something worth sharing with Mutilated Money’s readers. And I believe I found it. Supposedly around 1993, Peter Leppik tried to purchase a $1.04 item from Taco Bell with a $2 bill. All he had was a $2 and a $50. Neither the employee or the manager have ever heard of a $2 bill before, and ended up calling mall security because they thought it was counterfeit. They also would not open the store safe this late at night to make change for a $50 bill. You can read the full story on Snopes at this link: http://www.snopes.com/business/money/tacobell.asp