is there some kind of an inside joke about printing bills in us?? I've never seen anyone checking bills in my country and I would never even think to joke about paying with counterfeit bills. wtf?? I'm honestly wondering, because it seems so wild to me. Is there anything that prompts the ""joke"" during a transaction?
Quick answer: It seems customers all hate uncomfortable silence and will break out the book of “dad jokes” (you know the ones that are not funny but you laugh to make dad happy.) And since we handle cash it seems to be everyone’s go to joke when we pull out the Iodine pen or hold the bill up to check for the watermark.
Long answer: US currency is to be bluntly honest, not that hard to fake. It is so rampant that most stores will check the security features on any bill $20 and up. Either using an Iodine pen and if the mark turns black it’s fake (real money doesn’t have starch and paper does. Iodine turns black in the presence of starch). There is an embedded face “watermarked” in the bill (good fakes will bleach a lower bill to a higher one so when you hold it up to the light to look for the watermark you might see Lincoln’s face on a $20 note) I have seen bad fakes where it looks like there is a watermark but is just remnants from the copier used to fake the bill so please people LOOK FOR THE FACE FROM THE BACK OF THE BILL as most people don’t put that much effort into the back and put more into the front.
I have been yelled at by the store manager when I turned away a exotic dancer (that found him and made him an offer to take the money) saying no one would put the effort to fake a $1 bill so she traded 50 of them only for us to get a charge back from the bank and a advisory sent to all stores warning of fake singles. (which I put up in the cash office and it’s still there 15 years later.)
Newer money 90′s forward has a security thread that will glow a different color for each denomination under black light (UV light). The $1 doesn’t currently have a security thread but the $5 glows blue, the $10 glows orange, the $20 glows green, the $50 glows yellow, and the $100 glows purple. I have an inexpensive UV flashlight on my keys so it’s always on me. There is several websites that explain all the security features but those are the ones you will use 99% of the time in retail. But always when in doubt call a manager. If you are the manager I have actually called the police to verify bills. (my store sends Western Union money transfers and some of the customers get persistent that their money is real. but be warned if you do have a cop verify and it’s fake they will keep it and you will have a pissed off customer.)
Sorry for the long rant about bill security in the US but if you have any other questions I will be happy to answer them (sometimes long winded) I like to make sure that you all do your jobs confidently. (I am a district trainer for cashiers, baggers and all new hires to learn our company and policies. I was also a Mouse Trainer so it just kind of comes out as a lesson) sorry. :)