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(The New York Times)   $2 bill attempts comeback as NYC hipster money, as many local vendors still consider it pretty obscure   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2014-04-02 12:14:13 PM  
Back in the 80s my sister and I each got $2 a week allowance.  (That was when $2 could actually buy something.)

Dad used to give us each a $2 bill.
 
2014-04-02 12:14:42 PM  
We need $25 coins.
 
2014-04-02 12:15:53 PM  
It will annoy me if this becomes a thing.

I keep $2s, Ikes, Sacagawea, other new $1 coins in my golf bag all the time.  We play low $ games that are more about the win/loss than the amount of the money.

If I lose, I can use these to pay people in a manner that annoys them.  This is better for me than paying them in a way that makes them happy.

If they really piss me off, they get a Susan B Anthony.

I also like to fark with bartenders by going out with nothing but $50s and $2s.  Their registers don't easily accommodate this.
 
2014-04-02 12:16:02 PM  
I like getting $2 bills for conventions or when I go on road trips. Waitstaff always seem to like 'em.
 
2014-04-02 12:17:23 PM  

Sgt Otter: One of the local hipster strip clubs, Casa Diablo, (it's vegan.  I'm not kidding) gives all your change in $2s, figuring it would double the dancers' tips.  Most dudes were tipping two singles at the rail anyway, so it really didn't change anything, and since they had the brilliant idea of dying the edges red and stamping their logo all over them, most places won't take them, and not for the usual Taco Bell story reason.


I have been told that some dudes used to try and pass $2 bills as twenties in the dark, hence the marking of the bills.
 
2014-04-02 12:17:29 PM  
So this is the biatch who's doing it huh? Cashiers hate $2 bills, as well as $1 & 50 cent coins. Their till doesn't have a dedicated slot for them and they throw you off at the end of your shift when you're totaling your receipts. So they end up giving them to the very next customer that comes in, now that person is stuck getting the dirty look from the cashier at the next place they go.

If you want to keep a few as a novelty that's fine, but stop being a dick and spending them, nobody else thinks it's cute.
 
2014-04-02 12:18:02 PM  
This guy prints them up all the time.

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2014-04-02 12:19:52 PM  

Carn: brimed03: Doc Daneeka: I'm all for a comeback of the two.

We should get rid of the $1 bill (using only coins for that denomination) and make the $2 the smallest paper note.

We should get rid of the penny while we're at it.

I hate the idea of a $1 coin. It's still a common enough price, or return change, and I don't want a bunch of big, heavy coins in my pocket. Or any coins, really.

I always figured the only people who want to see a $1 coin are vending machine owners and retailers who want to make $5 the new standard base unit.

It shouldn't be any more of a deal than carrying quarters.  The $1 coin is about the same size and weight and you only ever need 4 of them in your pocket (same as you only ever need 3 quarters).  If you carry more that means you fail at math.  If something is $12 but you only have a $20 and some dollar coins, don't just pay with the big bill, give him the bill and two dollar coins and get a 10 back.

/former cashier


Back in Canuckistan I definitely noticed that I had way more change when we introduced the loonie and toonie. But it's not a big deal - you get used to it. People who get up in arms about this sort of thing are idiots. Do people seriously want the government to keep spending money pointlessly on $1 bills? Seriously?

These days I pay cash for virtually nothing. Eliminating the US $1 bill would barely impact me. In fact, I already end up with a lot of $1 US coins because I frequent the office vending machine. Any time I put in a $5 it spits out $1 coins. I rather like them. They are barely larger than a quarter and they remind me of home. :)
 
2014-04-02 12:31:51 PM  
I went to San Diego like 10 years ago, and they seemed to be all over the place. Don't remember ever getting one as change anywhere else but on that trip.
 
2014-04-02 12:34:18 PM  

jimpoz: I also have $2 bills on me at all times.

Recently I doubled down, and now have half dollars on me all the time too.

/have to order them by the box, $500 to a box
//go through them looking for old ones made of silver


A local bar tries to make it's change involving halves or dollar coins to promote tipping.
 
2014-04-02 12:38:46 PM  

Carn: Do they still turn you gay?  I thought they had magical properties or something.


Oh yeah, they can do all sorts of things. Make you gay, make you hungry for Taco Bell, make you a Republican. I knew of a guy, he was carrying a two-dollar bill - got AIDS.
 
2014-04-02 12:53:47 PM  

Coconice: I keep $2s, Ikes, Sacagawea, other new $1 coins in my golf bag all the time.


How do you go about getting Ikes? Surely that's something that banks never have on hand, no?
 
2014-04-02 12:56:43 PM  

MBooda: Hope I can get Change for this:
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BRILLIANT!!!
 
2014-04-02 12:58:42 PM  

thepeterd: Vendors were none too happy when I dropped a deuce at Union Square Greenmarket,


You just need to find the right corner. Plenty of people are doing it there. Maybe hang out with the methadone clinic crowd on the east side of the park?
 
2014-04-02 01:09:34 PM  
I got a 2 dollar bill as change a few years ago and ended up giving it to my niece. She looked at it and thought it wasnt real, I told her that she would make a damn fine Taco Bell employee one day. What realy blew her mind is when I got her a silver dollar and told her how much it was worth and not to use it.
 
2014-04-02 01:28:58 PM  

ReapTheChaos: So this is the biatch who's doing it huh? Cashiers hate $2 bills, as well as $1 & 50 cent coins. Their till doesn't have a dedicated slot for them and they throw you off at the end of your shift when you're totaling your receipts. So they end up giving them to the very next customer that comes in, now that person is stuck getting the dirty look from the cashier at the next place they go.

If you want to keep a few as a novelty that's fine, but stop being a dick and spending them, nobody else thinks it's cute.


Tip well when you eat out. Use $2 bills. The servers will remember you and you'll get great service.
 
2014-04-02 01:50:12 PM  

Jument: Sgt Otter: One of the local hipster strip clubs, Casa Diablo, (it's vegan.  I'm not kidding) gives all your change in $2s, figuring it would double the dancers' tips.  Most dudes were tipping two singles at the rail anyway, so it really didn't change anything, and since they had the brilliant idea of dying the edges red and stamping their logo all over them, most places won't take them, and not for the usual Taco Bell story reason.

For real? Defacing currency is serious business.


That is a myth that has persisted for years.  I know I believed that was the case too but as long as you aren't altering paper money to appear more valuable or completely unidentifiable as currency, it is in fact NOT illegal.
 
2014-04-02 01:55:39 PM  

Riothamus: ReapTheChaos: So this is the biatch who's doing it huh? Cashiers hate $2 bills, as well as $1 & 50 cent coins. Their till doesn't have a dedicated slot for them and they throw you off at the end of your shift when you're totaling your receipts. So they end up giving them to the very next customer that comes in, now that person is stuck getting the dirty look from the cashier at the next place they go.

If you want to keep a few as a novelty that's fine, but stop being a dick and spending them, nobody else thinks it's cute.

Tip well when you eat out. Use $2 bills. The servers will remember you and you'll get great service.


Or they'll think "Oh great, it's that asshole who always tips in $2 bills."
 
2014-04-02 02:05:04 PM  

Jument: Sgt Otter: One of the local hipster strip clubs, Casa Diablo, (it's vegan.  I'm not kidding) gives all your change in $2s, figuring it would double the dancers' tips.  Most dudes were tipping two singles at the rail anyway, so it really didn't change anything, and since they had the brilliant idea of dying the edges red and stamping their logo all over them, most places won't take them, and not for the usual Taco Bell story reason.

For real? Defacing currency is serious business.


Only if it's done in such as manner as to render the note unusable.   There are all sorts of causes that will stamp messages on money, and while the Feds definitely frown on the activity, it isn't illegal.
 
2014-04-02 02:06:36 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Riothamus: ReapTheChaos: So this is the biatch who's doing it huh? Cashiers hate $2 bills, as well as $1 & 50 cent coins. Their till doesn't have a dedicated slot for them and they throw you off at the end of your shift when you're totaling your receipts. So they end up giving them to the very next customer that comes in, now that person is stuck getting the dirty look from the cashier at the next place they go.

If you want to keep a few as a novelty that's fine, but stop being a dick and spending them, nobody else thinks it's cute.

Tip well when you eat out. Use $2 bills. The servers will remember you and you'll get great service.

Or they'll think "Oh great, it's that asshole who always tips in $2 bills."


Eh, my experience says otherwise. Remember, you have to tip well.

And the appeal may be limited to younger waitresses. It may not work on men or older women.
 
2014-04-02 03:49:17 PM  
a man walked up to me years ago he asked, "Do you have a $2 in your wallet?"   I replied "No"  he handed me a $2 and said, "Every man should have a $2 in his wallet." then turned and walked away.  It was such a non sequitor that I have not only kept a $2 in my wallet, but have gotten them from the bank and occasionally ask strangers if they have a $2 in their wallet, if not I give them a $2 and say, "Every man should  have a $2 in his wallet."    then walk away.  the last time a friend filmed the guy standing staring trying to figure out what had just happened.   Well worth $2.
 
2014-04-02 05:09:08 PM  

madgordy: a man walked up to me years ago he asked, "Do you have a $2 in your wallet?"   I replied "No"  he handed me a $2 and said, "Every man should have a $2 in his wallet." then turned and walked away.  It was such a non sequitor that I have not only kept a $2 in my wallet, but have gotten them from the bank and occasionally ask strangers if they have a $2 in their wallet, if not I give them a $2 and say, "Every man should  have a $2 in his wallet."    then walk away.  the last time a friend filmed the guy standing staring trying to figure out what had just happened.   Well worth $2.


That's just plain awesome...
 
2014-04-02 05:11:13 PM  

Hector Remarkable: Carn: Do they still turn you gay?  I thought they had magical properties or something.

Oh yeah, they can do all sorts of things. Make you gay, make you hungry for Taco Bell, make you a Republican. I knew of a guy, he was carrying a two-dollar bill - got AIDS.


And here I thought that since they're green they make you horny. Huh.
 
2014-04-02 06:11:22 PM  

Carn: Do they still turn you gay?  I thought they had magical properties or something.


No.  It is because of this rumor that more gay people use $2 bills.  Therefore, if you use a $2 bill, you have a greater chance of catching the gay.
 
2014-04-02 06:27:36 PM  

groppet: I got a 2 dollar bill as change a few years ago and ended up giving it to my niece. She looked at it and thought it wasnt real, I told her that she would make a damn fine Taco Bell employee one day. What realy blew her mind is when I got her a silver dollar and told her how much it was worth and not to use it.


That's not so bad . I had a foreign 7-11 employee who thought I was trying to pass funny money when I paid with an old style 5 dollar bill .
 
2014-04-03 11:03:21 AM  

RottenEggs: groppet: I got a 2 dollar bill as change a few years ago and ended up giving it to my niece. She looked at it and thought it wasnt real, I told her that she would make a damn fine Taco Bell employee one day. What realy blew her mind is when I got her a silver dollar and told her how much it was worth and not to use it.

That's not so bad . I had a foreign 7-11 employee who thought I was trying to pass funny money when I paid with an old style 5 dollar bill .


Stupid foreigners.  They should go back where they came from if they aren't familiar with all of the versions of currency we have.  I bet he smelled funny too and couldnt talk right.

USA!USA!USA!USA!
 
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