Sometimes you just have to use your eyes and forget about the magic
pens, security strips, watermarks, and fancy inks. That was the
message in a segment aired by WDAF TV in Kansas City on Oct. 31.
businesses in nearby Independence, Mo., reported receiving
counterfeit $100 bills. A manager at a pizza shop said that he used a
detector pen to verify a suspicion that he based initially on the feel
of the paper.
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Then he decided to look at the note more closely. Printed on bold
capital letters on both sides of the note were the words FOR CINEMATIC
USE ONLY and FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY. It was cinema prop money.
When he told the customer that he would need to confiscate the bill
and call the police, the man said “Oh, really?” and turned around and
walked out. At least three other businesses in the area, including a
gas station and a convenience store, told of similar experiences.
Numerous offers of prop money for sale can be found online,
including from dedicated websites to Amazon.com, where 100
double-sided $100 prop money bills are offered for $25 with free shipping.