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  1. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    (Is there no limit?)

    March. 2, 2009
    BREMERTON, Wash. - Someone is cheating Girl Scouts, using fake $20 bills to buy cookies. One troop in Bremerton is out $100, and some fear the fraud is spreading to other Girl Scout troops.

    Beneath the cheer of the annual Girl Scout cookie sale in Bremerton smolders a flash of anger and betrayal. Seven-year-old Silvia Swanson helps collect the money that funds their programs. "We get to go camping, the zoo, swimming pools," she said.

    But the girls found out someone used fake $20s to buy cookies.

    "That makes you feel really mad," said Swanson.

    "It's just beyond me," said Deborah Bernard, customer. "I can't even imagine that. These are little girls."

    Trooper leader KC Gettings made the discovery Saturday while making change.

    "I went to the bank, right inside Safeway, and she told me two of the $20s were fake," said Gettings. Gettings quickly left, returning with a counterfeit detecting pen. Its mark shows yellow on real U.S. currency, but the mark turns black on fake money. She discovered an additional $60 in fake bills.

    That brought the total to $100 Troop 40411 may make up themselves. Two of the bills even had the same serial number. Troop 40411 isn't alone; others around Bremerton invested in the pen. "Another troop has come to buy them because they noticed they were getting fake money," said Gettings. She said they're being told to stop accepting $20 bills unless they use the pen.

    But who is passing the fake money is still a mystery. Silvia Swanson knows what she'd do if they try again.

    "I'd call the cops, that's what I'd do — call the cops," said Swanson.

    Troop leader Gettings tried to report the crime, but the local police station is closed on weekends. She planned to file a report on Monday.

    In true Girl Scout fashion, the troop is learning from the ordeal. Each member will earn a "fraud badge" because they helped uncover the crime. They'll be back out, with counterfeit detecting pen in hand, next weekend.
  2. Deathbunny

    Deathbunny Former Guest

    Aug 25, 2008
    Son of a B*TCH!! :mad:

    That is a new low.
  3. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Jackson County West Virginia
    It is quite possible that the people paying for the cookies with phoney money are not aware the money they are passing is counterfit. They may have been duped prior to the passage of the money.

    On the bright side if the Girl Scouts hold onto the counterfit bills at the rate the economy is going they will become more valuable than real currency.
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