Don’t counterfeit money. But if you do, choose a bill that actually exists. A man in North Carolina casually walked into a Walmart and picked out a new vacuum cleaner, a microwave, and other merchandise that totaled around $500. When asked to pay he handed the cashier a crisp, newly minted, $1 billion bill.
Michael Anthony Fuller, 53, insisted that the bill was real and kindly asked for his $999,999,524.73 in change.
Instead, the store called the police and Fuller was arrested for using a bill that does not exist.
The arrest warrant notes that “there is no such thing” as a $1 billion bill and Lexington police Sgt. Shannon Sharpe said that the case was “kind of strange.” Sharpe, of course, won the understatement of the day award at the Lexington Police station.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, police were able to spot the fake bill because it had an extra 9 zeroes on it.
The largest bill in circulation today is the $100 bill. The $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bill were printed until 1969, but the government discontinued the big bills due to a lack of public use. The largest bill ever printed in the United States was a $100,000 bill that featured President Woodrow Wilson. The bill was used between Dec. 18, 1934 and Jan. 9, 1935 to conduct transactions between Federal Reserve Banks.
Unfortunately for us, the Salem Police department has not released a photo of the bill. So for now, we’ll just have to guess. What president do you think was on the face of the billion dollar bill? I’m betting that it was a picture of the guy’s dog.