True Crime Tuesday: The Oops Edition

100 dollar bill
Crime is often a terrible mistake in itself, but today’s TCT brings us SNAFUs from top to bottom.

First up, a lesson on why you should only counterfeit twenties:

It was in the early hours of December 18, 2010 while doing some Christmas shopping for her children that Ms Garcia claims she presented the first $100 bill as payment before it was taken with suspicion from her.


‘The cashier proceeded to rip the $100 bill in half without performing any counterfeit detection tests. The metallic strip in the $100 bill was clearly visible.’

After marking the bill with the detection pen, revealing a yellowish colour across it, Ms Garcia said she explained to the cashier of that colour meaning it was legitimate, having previously worked in retail herself.

The employee proceeded to call a manager over who identified himself as Russell. At this time Ms Garcia said she took out a second $100 bill, which according to her, was immediately taken and ripped up as well by the man.

Detained at the front of the store while told the police had been called, Ms Garcia claims that adding to her humiliation, the employees told curious customers in passing that she was busted trying to use fake money.

After two hours at the front, police arrived around 4.15am and proceeded to inspect the bills in question.

Following a series of tests the first responding officer, identified as Officer Edwards, returned to Ms Garcia telling her that what the Walmart employee and manager had done was a ‘terrible mistake.’

More from the Miami Herald

– but, hey, mistakes happen: Just ask the owner of a sushi bar in Montreal that was recently forced to change its apparently inappropriate name.

Named after a type of kata practised in Japanese martial arts, […] diners […] snickered and took pictures of the sign outside the recently-opened Côte des Neiges restaurant.

It was less amusing to the judge, who sided with the Jean Talon St. restaurant’s landlord and neighbouring tenants.

“As it is, the word is clearly inappropriate given its meaning when pronounced in a Montreal context,” wrote Judge Kirkland Casgrain in his Aug. 23 decision which gave restaurant part-owner John De Melo 24 hours to cover up the word “Fukyu.”

– More from the Montreal Gazette

Fukyu Menu