It appears super giant store chain Wal-Mart is coming under attack after a mother attempted to pay for her items with two one hundred dollar bills. Apparently the employees thought the money was fake. Now Garcia has filed a lawsuit in the amount of $74,900 in damages.
So what happened? The Daily Mail reports,
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.
According to Garcia’s complaint she presented a $100 bill for payment. No detection pen was used to verify its authenticity. Instead the cashier spoke to another cashier, then returned and told Ms. Garcia her money was fake and proceeded to rip the bill in pieces.
The bill was then marked with a detection pen which indicated it was genuine and Ms. Garcia explained this as she has also worked in retail.
A store manager was called over and Garcia produced another $100 bill, which she alleges was taken by the manager and immediately ripped up. She was then detained and was told police had been called.
Police finally arrived two hours later and inspected the bills. Of course during this time Ms. Garcia was humiliated because apparently these Wal-Mart employees don’t know how to verify real money.
After other tests were performed, the officer told Garcia the employee had made a “terrible mistake.”
According to her complaint, ‘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.’
The officer on the scene escorted her to her car after she had been detained for four hours.
Someone is fortunate if they don’t lose their job over this incident. In light of the new quantitative easing that is taking place these days, it won’t be long until those hundred dollar bills are worth about as much as Monopoly money. Until then Wal-Mart should be dealing harshly with both the cashier and the store manager.