Walmart busts woman for passing real $100 bills

A mother who says Walmart employees  intentionally humiliated her after wrongfully ripping up two of her $100 bills  while believing they were fake is taking legal action against the  store.

In her recently filed complaint, Julia Garcia  is seeking no more than $74,900 in damages after detained for four hours before  customers in San Antonio, Texas who were told she had tried to use fake  money.

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.

Mishandled: A WalMart customer has filed a complaint against the store under claims employees wrongly ripped two $100 bills from her claiming they were fake

Mishandled: A WalMart customer has filed a complaint  against the store under claims employees wrongly ripped two $100 bills from her  claiming they were fake

She says that the bill wasn’t actually tested  by a counterfeit detection pen until after it was ripped, though that pen’s  result was either misread or ignored by the cashier.

According to her complaint: ‘The cashier  inspected the $100 bill, turned to another cashier and had a brief discussion,  and returned to her register telling Plaintiff that her money was “fake.”

‘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.

Humiliated: Julia Garcia says she was detained for four hours at the front of the store in San Antonio, Texas, pictured

Humiliated: Julia Garcia says she was detained for four  hours at the front of the store in San Antonio, Texas, pictured

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.

Test: A counterfeit bill detector pen, like the one shown, was used on the bills by the employees but only after they had been ripped according to the woman

Test: A counterfeit bill detector pen, like the one  shown, was used on the bills by the employees but only after they had been  ripped according to the woman

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.’

‘He then approached the manager, who appeared  upset by what he was told by Officer Edwards,’ according to the  complaint.

‘After speaking with Officer Edwards, Manager  Russell approached Plaintiff and sarcastically stated that the police officers  said the money was not counterfeit, though he disagreed.

‘At this time, he attempted to hand Plaintiff  the two torn $100 bills he had misappropriated from her. When Plaintiff objected  to receiving torn bills, Officer Edwards instructed Manager Russell to replace  the bills he had wrongfully taken and destroyed.’

Ms Garcia, who said she was escorted out to  her car by the officer around 5am, filed her complaint for false imprisonment  and intentional infliction of emotional distress against the store on September  9.

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