A girl and her grandmother found themselves the subject of scrutiny from the girl’s middle school as well as a police investigation after Danesiah Neal tried to buy some chicken nuggets from the lunch line at Fort Bend Independent School District’s Christa McAuliffe Middle School.
“I went to the lunch line and they said my $2 bill was fake,” Danesiah told Ted Oberg Investigates. “They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. A police officer said I could be in big trouble.”
There’s just one problem – the $2 bill is a very real piece of United States currency. While the bill is not in wide circulation, you can still acquire them from most bank branches upon request.
The issues was further compounded by the fact that the bill was older, from a 1950’s run, and the school’s counterfeit detection pen did not work on the bill according to ABC7.
Danesiah was detained by the school’s assigned police officer who investigated the claim in detail, even going as far as bringing in the grandmother and following up with the convenience store that gave the grandmother the bill as change.
Ultimately, it was revealed that the bill was real and, of course, no charges were filed. However, Danesiah went hungry and had to be put through the trouble and humiliation of the entire ordeal.