HOUSTON, TX - There are some people who've never seen a $ 2 bill,including, it would seem police, school officials and cafeteria workers in Houston who were convinced an eighth-grader was using counterfeit money to buy chicken nuggets during lunch.
But the $ 2 bill is a real thing - a legal denomination of U.S. currency first issued in the early part of the 20th century, produced until 1966 and then reissued ten years later. It's got a picture of Thomas Jefferson on the front and a reproduction of The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull on the reverse side.
Some of us remember as kids occasionally coming across such bills, which are now seldom seen in circulation. They were not too much in demand among merchants, prompting the U.S. Treasury to pull back on their production.
But they're out there, and they're perfectly legal to use.
Yet when student Danesiah Neal tried to pay for her chicken nuggets with such a bill, the purchase was flagged. Police were called.
"I went to the lunch line, and they said my $ 2 bill was fake," the eighth-grader told KTRK-TV. "They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. A police officer said I could be in big trouble. "