Saturday, January 03, 2009

It ain't easy being marked green

You have entered 65,851 Bills worth $187,948
Bills with hits: 5,262 Total hits: 5,988
Hit rate: 7.99% Slugging Percentage: 9.09% (total hits/total bills)
George Score: 1,202.86
Your rank (based on George Score) is #351
(out of 50,410 current users with a George Score. [99.3 Percentile])
Your State Rank in Florida is: 21 out of 7,325 [99.7]
Your initial entries with hits have traveled a total of 2,641,027 miles.
They have averaged 447.8 miles per hit and 166.04 days between each hit.

It’s hard spending marked money, especially two-dollar bills, because you get people looking at you funny. Being that yesterday was Friday, I decided to go to the Chinese buffet. The buffet cheaper on weekdays, so I’d rather go on a Friday than a Saturday or Sunday. (For those noticing the post time, I’m in the Eastern Time Zone.)

Normally, when I go to the Chinese buffet by my house, I get a pause, but the money is usually accepted. Yesterday, when I went to pay for lunch, the bills were immediately refused. In her limited English, the waitress pointed to the markings and told me that she wasn’t allowed to take them. The best I could offer her was marked fives. The only other thing I could do was to pay debit.

I don’t think I’ll be going back there if I’m paying. If I do, it will probably be with large bills. They’ll be given the option of accepting a large unmarked bill or small marked bills. It was a good thing I had a debit card and that I had money on it. Had I not had that option, I may have had to walk out without paying and not be welcomed back at all.

To make matters more interesting, I went to Target later in the day to buy some stuff. The bill came to $17.05. I happened to have a bunch of two-dollar bills. Nine seemed like a good number to cover it. I’d even get back change. The cashier actually looked for a watermark. When he didn’t see one, he had to call over someone to verify the bills’ authenticity. We waited a few minutes for someone came over and take them to be tested with a pen, presumably. When she came back, she gave the OK and I got my change. As I was getting my stuff and leaving, I could see the cashier put the twos under the fifties and hundreds.

Well, there’s always tomorrow.

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