Local Store Doesn't Accept $100 Bills

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- If you want to pay with cash at one Harrisonburg gas station, you will not be able to use a $100 bill.

Vernon Green, the manager at the Royal Mart on East Market Street in Harrisonburg, checks every bill at his store with a counterfeit detector pen.

He doesn't mark the $100 bills anymore because he doesn't accept them at the store.

"Counterfeits have been a problem for a long time, but these are so good. Normally they are detectable when they bring them to us we are like 'no.' But these ones are so good. We didn't catch them, they almost didn't catch them at the bank," said Green.

He says in one day he received three counterfeit $100 bills.

"Nobody wants to lose 300 dollars. It's a hard hit," said Green.

Now, there is a sign outside the Royal Mart that reads, "We can no longer accept $100 bills due to counterfeit."

The ban on bills is something Wayne Lantz, a customer, finds surprising.

"It's is an inconvenience. Especially if you just came here from the bank. Got $100 dollar bill and wanted to spend it," said Lantz.

According to Harrisonburg Police, 10 counterfeit bills were reported in 2012 in the city and 15 counterfeit bills in 2013.

Two of the ones reported last year $100 bills.

"They are basically undetectable. They are that good. Rather than keep taking that kind of hits we decided not to take them at all," said Green.

The store will not even accept the new $100 bills because it said it has already been counterfeited. The Royal Mart on Port Republic road also does not accept $100 bills.

If you want to check if the new version of the $100 bill is not fake, some of the features include a 3D blue security ribbon in the front when you tilt it back and forth you will see the bills change to 100-s as they move.

Making a counterfeit a bill is considered a federal crime and you could either pay a hefty fine or go to prison for more than 20 years.

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