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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   ( divider line
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2014-04-02 03:49:17 PM  
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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 12:14:42 PM  
1 vote:
We need $25 coins.
2014-04-02 11:35:52 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:33:24 AM  
1 vote:
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:

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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.

//adjusts fedora
2014-04-02 10:55:10 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:52:01 AM  
1 vote:
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)


"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 10:45:56 AM  
1 vote:
Hope I can get Change for this:
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2014-04-02 10:41:48 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:34:19 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:24:45 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:24:42 AM  
1 vote:
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
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-02 08:57:57 AM  
1 vote:
I also use $2 bills for tips. I've been doing it since before hipsters were cool and overexposed.
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