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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 76
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2014-04-02 08:56:26 AM  
I've been using them for tips at restaurants for years.  I actually tip on my bank card and leave a 2 under a plate, figure the wait staff will appreciate some novelty.
 
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2014-04-02 08:57:57 AM  
I also use $2 bills for tips. I've been doing it since before hipsters were cool and overexposed.
 
2014-04-02 09:01:35 AM  
Man, I haven't used a $2 bill since that time at Taco Bell a while back when the manager didn't believe it was real. Things got pretty tense there for a bit; he even wanted to call the cops.
 
2014-04-02 09:45:12 AM  
Totally farking worth it for this line: "In Ms. McCabe's 15 years as an ambassador of the deuce".
 
2014-04-02 09:46:11 AM  
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.
 
2014-04-02 10:19:04 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Man, I haven't used a $2 bill since that time at Taco Bell a while back when the manager didn't believe it was real. Things got pretty tense there for a bit; he even wanted to call the cops.


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2014-04-02 10:23:20 AM  
Do they still turn you gay?  I thought they had magical properties or something.
 
2014-04-02 10:24:42 AM  
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
 
2014-04-02 10:24:45 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Man, I haven't used a $2 bill since that time at Taco Bell a while back when the manager didn't believe it was real. Things got pretty tense there for a bit; he even wanted to call the cops.


Dude, that brings back memories.  I was at Taco Bell, and this hot, I mean gorgeous, chick and I started talking.  Well, one thing led to another and we go back to my apartment.  After having a few drinks, I figure we are going to get busy, but I get woozy and pass out instead.

I woke up in a bathtub full of ice, an incision dwon my back, 'Welcome to the world of AIDS; written on my mirror, and my baby in the microwave.
 
2014-04-02 10:25:27 AM  

nekom: I've been using them for tips at restaurants for years.  I actually tip on my bank card and leave a 2 under a plate, figure the wait staff will appreciate some novelty.


I wonder how many of those $2 bills have been tossed in the trash because your server thought it was an unfunny joke, or worse, a religious tract.
 
2014-04-02 10:29:10 AM  
The article said people people pay more for them than face value on Ebay?  Why?

I wanted to give a gift of 100 2s to someone once.  I just called my bank and asked for a strap of 2s in sequential numbers.  They said "no problem, can you drop by on Friday?"
 
2014-04-02 10:32:17 AM  
Steve Wozniak gets sheets of $2 bills that are perforated but not yet separated, tears 'em off to give as tips, etc.


http://hackaday.com/2012/08/03/woz-prints-and-spend-his-own-2-bills/


Apparently the option of getting them as a sheet costs him an extra buck per bill, so he's paying $3 to get a legal $2 bill... but hey, he gets to be hipster and have fun with it.
 
2014-04-02 10:33:19 AM  

GDubDub: The article said people people pay more for them than face value on Ebay?  Why?

I wanted to give a gift of 100 2s to someone once.  I just called my bank and asked for a strap of 2s in sequential numbers.  They said "no problem, can you drop by on Friday?"


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2014-04-02 10:34:19 AM  
I worked at a retail bank in the early 1990s. One customer was a waitress who regularly came in to pick up a fat stack of $2 bills every week.

I asked her why and learned that that her customers didn't want them. On low tickets she increased tips by 50%. Rather than two singles, she was often left a single and $2 bill. On bigger tickets she often got a standard tip and the $2 bill in addition.


Never heard of it being left under a plate.
 
2014-04-02 10:35:34 AM  

RectalFury: GDubDub: The article said people people pay more for them than face value on Ebay?  Why?

I wanted to give a gift of 100 2s to someone once.  I just called my bank and asked for a strap of 2s in sequential numbers.  They said "no problem, can you drop by on Friday?"

[www.quickmeme.com image 625x468]


Well, I clearly clicked on the wrong person.
 
2014-04-02 10:39:17 AM  
The guy who paid a $400 dinner bill in $2.00 bills is an asshole, no waiter wants to take the time to count that shiat.
 
2014-04-02 10:39:36 AM  
$2 used to be most common at horse-racing tracks.  Lately it's become more common at low-end strip-clubs as the $1 ain't doing it anymore but they ain't worth $5.
 
2014-04-02 10:41:48 AM  
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.
 
2014-04-02 10:45:24 AM  

cefm: $2 used to be most common at horse-racing tracks.  Lately it's become more common at low-end strip-clubs as the $1 ain't doing it anymore but they ain't worth $5.


I gave $2's to the stripper at my brother's bachelor party. She actually stopped what she was doing because she was so amazed by the first $2 bill she had ever seen.
 
2014-04-02 10:45:56 AM  
Hope I can get Change for this:
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-02 10:47:12 AM  

sagiphile: I worked at a retail bank in the early 1990s. One customer was a waitress who regularly came in to pick up a fat stack of $2 bills every week.

I asked her why and learned that that her customers didn't want them. On low tickets she increased tips by 50%. Rather than two singles, she was often left a single and $2 bill. On bigger tickets she often got a standard tip and the $2 bill in addition.


Never heard of it being left under a plate.


That as truly an interesting little story, thanks for sharing it.   That's the sort of slice of life stuff I love about Fark.

I can't even remember the last time I've seen a $2 bill or a Kennedy half dollar.  Which I have a real fondness for because my grandfather would give me four Kennedy half dollars every time I visited him and I saved them in a big jar.  One can develop an oddly emotional attachment to certain denominations.  I still miss Sakegawea dollars.  Those were about the cutest money ever with the little papoose and everything.  Not often money can get a DAWWWWWWWWW out of me.
 
2014-04-02 10:47:43 AM  

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.


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2014-04-02 10:47:47 AM  

RectalFury: RectalFury: GDubDub: The article said people people pay more for them than face value on Ebay?  Why?

I wanted to give a gift of 100 2s to someone once.  I just called my bank and asked for a strap of 2s in sequential numbers.  They said "no problem, can you drop by on Friday?"

[www.quickmeme.com image 625x468]

Well, I clearly clicked on the wrong person.


I was a tad confused.
 
2014-04-02 10:48:54 AM  
One time I was up near Lake George and tried to buy a bottle of water with a couple of $1 coins (I think they were the Sacajawea ones).

I handed over the money, they handed it right back and said, "We don't take Canadian money."

"Uh, this isn't Canadian money," I said, "these are U.S. legal tender."

They took the coins and started passing them around amongst themselves to gawk over them. I felt like I'd walked into that stupid Taco Bell $2 story.
 
2014-04-02 10:52:01 AM  
I have an actualy Taco Bell 2 dollar bill story.

*Gives cashier two dollar bill*
Cashier: Uh, I can't accept this.
Me: Why not?
C: We don't take these.
M: You do realise it's legal tender, right?
C: I guess so, but still, we don't take these.
M: Again, why not?
C: I don't have a spot for it in my drawer *points to open cash drawer with no special 2 dollar spot*
M: Oh that's an easy fix. Just put in in the 20 slot. They both start with 2.
C: Oh yeah! That makes sense (me: Really? No it doesn't)

/csb

"Hey Mr. $2 Bill, not everyone wants your money," Mr. Zaklad recalls him saying. "Look up your history on Jefferson and slavery."

There is always that one guy who finds racism in everything. I suppose he doesn't like 100s because Franklin was a slave owner. He probably shouldn't use 1s either since Washington owned slaves most of his life. Oh, 20's must be out since Jackson owned slaves. I guess he must exclusively use pennies and 5 dollar bills.
 
2014-04-02 10:53:08 AM  

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.


Kinda smart. I doubt anyone is going home with a pocket full of those for the wife/gf to find
 
2014-04-02 10:55:10 AM  
I've never understood the unpopularity of the $2.  I like em.  But I so rarely ever see one, that I rarely use them.  I don't spend enough time taking money from a bank branch to get them myself - which seems to be the only way too get them around here.

Meanwhile, when I was a kid, I visited Canada, and I was exchanging the $2 as often as the $1.  They seemed to have embraced it more.  Last time I was there, the bills were replaced by coins.  But still, the $2 was just as common.
 
2014-04-02 10:57:17 AM  

i.r.id10t: Steve Wozniak gets sheets of $2 bills that are perforated but not yet separated, tears 'em off to give as tips, etc.


http://hackaday.com/2012/08/03/woz-prints-and-spend-his-own-2-bills/


Apparently the option of getting them as a sheet costs him an extra buck per bill, so he's paying $3 to get a legal $2 bill... but hey, he gets to be hipster and have fun with it.


I bet he gets a ton of mileage worth of enjoyment out of that extra buck.  I had never heard of this.
 
2014-04-02 11:09:40 AM  

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.


The fact that hipster vegan strip clubs exist just made my day. Thanks! I'm not even joking.
 
2014-04-02 11:15:48 AM  

GDubDub: The article said people people pay more for them than face value on Ebay?  Why?

I wanted to give a gift of 100 2s to someone once.  I just called my bank and asked for a strap of 2s in sequential numbers.  They said "no problem, can you drop by on Friday?"


Hey, don't argue. People want to pay $4 for $2, that's a pretty good ROI. The trouble is finding stupid people in enough bulk to really make it pay.
 
2014-04-02 11:17:46 AM  
Vendors were none too happy when I dropped a deuce at Union Square Greenmarket,
 
2014-04-02 11:18:08 AM  

durbnpoisn: I've never understood the unpopularity of the $2.  I like em.  But I so rarely ever see one, that I rarely use them.  I don't spend enough time taking money from a bank branch to get them myself - which seems to be the only way too get them around here.

Meanwhile, when I was a kid, I visited Canada, and I was exchanging the $2 as often as the $1.  They seemed to have embraced it more.  Last time I was there, the bills were replaced by coins.  But still, the $2 was just as common.


I like them too. I don't carry a lot of cash and its just for small things. Inevitably your 20 becomes.a five, a ten and three ones.. Then the ten becomes a five an two one, later the fives becomes three singles a piece. Before you know it you have a wad of a shiat ton of ones and find yourself counting out Twenty of them to buy something to get rid of them. Two bills would make this much better
 
2014-04-02 11:18:27 AM  

durbnpoisn: I've never understood the unpopularity of the $2.  I like em.  But I so rarely ever see one, that I rarely use them.  I don't spend enough time taking money from a bank branch to get them myself - which seems to be the only way too get them around here.

Meanwhile, when I was a kid, I visited Canada, and I was exchanging the $2 as often as the $1.  They seemed to have embraced it more.  Last time I was there, the bills were replaced by coins.  But still, the $2 was just as common.


I'm sure a lot of people perceive the $1 to be more flexible because vending machines mostly charge less than $1, and that people are so cheap they want to be exacting with their tipping.
 
2014-04-02 11:19:18 AM  

NickelP: durbnpoisn: I've never understood the unpopularity of the $2.  I like em.  But I so rarely ever see one, that I rarely use them.  I don't spend enough time taking money from a bank branch to get them myself - which seems to be the only way too get them around here.

Meanwhile, when I was a kid, I visited Canada, and I was exchanging the $2 as often as the $1.  They seemed to have embraced it more.  Last time I was there, the bills were replaced by coins.  But still, the $2 was just as common.

I like them too. I don't carry a lot of cash and its just for small things. Inevitably your 20 becomes.a five, a ten and three ones.. Then the ten becomes a five an two one, later the fives becomes three singles a piece. Before you know it you have a wad of a shiat ton of ones and find yourself counting out Twenty of them to buy something to get rid of them. Two bills would make this much better


No no no no no.  You find yourself at the strip club, as god intended.
 
2014-04-02 11:23:17 AM  

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.
 
2014-04-02 11:23:22 AM  

nekom: I've been using them for tips at restaurants for years.  I actually tip on my bank card and leave a 2 under a plate, figure the wait staff will appreciate some novelty.


I hope you use more than one, otherwise you're a farking cheapskate.
 
2014-04-02 11:24:27 AM  

myrrh: nekom: I've been using them for tips at restaurants for years.  I actually tip on my bank card and leave a 2 under a plate, figure the wait staff will appreciate some novelty.

I hope you use more than one, otherwise you're a farking cheapskate.


Should have read the second half of your sentence. Sorry. You're probably not a farking cheapskate.
 
2014-04-02 11:25:19 AM  
I haven't had a local bank branch in a few years, but I used to carry $2 bills for tips and dollar coins for parking meters.

It's not obvious, but most automated parking meters and many vending machines take dollar coins. It sure beats trying to fool around with paper money readers and is easier to carry than a sack of quarters.

I'm all for ending the printing of the dollar bill.
 
2014-04-02 11:30:12 AM  

NickelP: durbnpoisn: I've never understood the unpopularity of the $2.  I like em.  But I so rarely ever see one, that I rarely use them.  I don't spend enough time taking money from a bank branch to get them myself - which seems to be the only way too get them around here.

Meanwhile, when I was a kid, I visited Canada, and I was exchanging the $2 as often as the $1.  They seemed to have embraced it more.  Last time I was there, the bills were replaced by coins.  But still, the $2 was just as common.

I like them too. I don't carry a lot of cash and its just for small things. Inevitably your 20 becomes.a five, a ten and three ones.. Then the ten becomes a five an two one, later the fives becomes three singles a piece. Before you know it you have a wad of a shiat ton of ones and find yourself counting out Twenty of them to buy something to get rid of them. Two bills would make this much better


omg, this is so true.
Just in sheer gov't economics, the adoption of wider usage of the $2 would cut down on paper money production.  In theory, by almost 25%.  Although, that's probably not practical no matter how hard you try.
But still, the enormous amount of ones being cut in half in favor of the $2 would make a significant difference.
 
2014-04-02 11:30:48 AM  

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.


Well if we get rid of the penny at the same time, the amount of coins would all even out.

Because of gradual inflation, the current one dollar bill is the least valuable paper note we've ever had.  The current dollar bill is worth less than a quarter was worth in 1976, and less than a dime was worth in 1947.  It just doesn't make much sense to continue printing a paper note that has such little value.  That is what coins are for.

In 1976, quarters were worth more than the 2014 dollar, and the dollar bill (the smallest paper note) was worth more than $4 in today's money.  Somehow people managed fine back then, just as we would manage if we went to dollar coins and reserved paper notes for more valuable denominations.
 
2014-04-02 11:31:39 AM  

NickelP: durbnpoisn: I've never understood the unpopularity of the $2.  I like em.  But I so rarely ever see one, that I rarely use them.  I don't spend enough time taking money from a bank branch to get them myself - which seems to be the only way too get them around here.

Meanwhile, when I was a kid, I visited Canada, and I was exchanging the $2 as often as the $1.  They seemed to have embraced it more.  Last time I was there, the bills were replaced by coins.  But still, the $2 was just as common.

I like them too. I don't carry a lot of cash and its just for small things. Inevitably your 20 becomes.a five, a ten and three ones.. Then the ten becomes a five an two one, later the fives becomes three singles a piece. Before you know it you have a wad of a shiat ton of ones and find yourself counting out Twenty of them to buy something to get rid of them. Two bills would make this much better


No, it wouldn't. Retailers would just cry "inflation!" and raise their prices. You'd have to start your week with US Grant $50s and by Friday have as many bills in $2 increments as you used to have in $1 increments.

Except, of course, that your pay wouldn't increase to keep pace, so you'd run out of $50s a lot sooner than you used to run out of $20s. And then you'll be checking the couch cushions for loose $1 bills.
 
2014-04-02 11:32:24 AM  

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
 
2014-04-02 11:33:24 AM  
Twos are fine for the scenesters who drive in to Williamsburg every weekend from the 'burbs. I mean, it's not what you'd call real artisan currency, but I guess it's enough for some people.

For myself, I'm more about the freecycling lifestyle, but if I have to use transactional currency, I like to use 19th-century commercial banknotes. Or maybe mix it up with some company scrip from a steel mill or railroad company. I scored some sweet glassware the other day with one of these:

clintoncountyhistorical.org

A lot of people don't know they're still around, but then a lot of people are afraid of any store that isn't Target. But hey, your government-issued $2 bill is pretty hardcore too.

/smirks
//adjusts fedora
 
2014-04-02 11:35:52 AM  

myrrh: myrrh: nekom: I've been using them for tips at restaurants for years.  I actually tip on my bank card and leave a 2 under a plate, figure the wait staff will appreciate some novelty.

I hope you use more than one, otherwise you're a farking cheapskate.

Should have read the second half of your sentence. Sorry. You're probably not a farking cheapskate.


No, but not quite as thoughtful as he/she thinks. That bank-card tip gets reported and the wait staff have to pay full taxes on it. I prefer to create the dilemma of reporting it, with the ensuing struggle for their almighty soul.

/always tips cash
//let them decide what they want to pay Uncle Sam. Just like the rich do.
 
2014-04-02 11:43:22 AM  
The best thing about $1 and $2 coins is thinking you're broke and then discovering untold riches in the change jar/purse bottom/couch cushions, etc. Find a quarter in the street? Meh. Find a twonie? Day made!
 
2014-04-02 11:48:03 AM  

brimed03: 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.


When I was in Germany last year, I quickly learned to *spend* teh €1 and €2 coins instead of letting them weigh down my pocket.  I could quickly find €3-4 without pulling out my wallet or dealing with crumpled bills...
 
2014-04-02 11:50:26 AM  

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.


My Dad gives out $2 bills to the grandkids when they compliment him. He usually goes to the bank and gets a big stack. I had a lot of fun giving him a lot of grief over where he was spending his time when this one got handed out to his granddaughter.

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-02 12:00:21 PM  
Interesting; I don't think the $2 bill up in Canada ever had the same stigma; but then again, I was a kid when we switched to the toonie, eh, and we used to have fun trying to pop the centres out of them.

Although - so the story goes - there's a particular denomination of bill that used to be much less common on the prairies.  Can't remember if it was the $5 or the $10.  But it was the exact amount that was being used to buy votes in an election, and anyone trying to pay with one of those bills was suspected of having sold their vote.
 
2014-04-02 12:03:55 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.


For real? Defacing currency is serious business.
 
2014-04-02 12:05:19 PM  
I always keep $2 bills in my purse. There's nine of them in there right now. I also have an uncut sheet of eight. I just love them...not sure why. The artwork on the back of the bill is beautiful to me.
 
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