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Give me Big Bills Please

Updated on October 4, 2011

A Huge Mistake

I have never before seen a thousand dollar bill up close and personal and recently had an experience at our local credit union where a huge mistake almost cost me money. My son who is visually impaired was going to loan his brother some money and had written a check for the two thousand dollar loan. Our credit union is undergoing change and this morning was very unusual. Normally we can go right up to a teller and do our transactions without having to wait but today with al the changes, the bank was filled with customers. We grabbed a cup of joe and some of the free donuts supplied for the changeover event and settle back in line for our turn.

Wiping my lips from the sugary glaze of a Krispy Creme donuts, I stepped up to the teller and handed her the check made out to cash and told her to give us the proceeds in big bills.My son was standing next to me and I didn't think twice as she handed me two bills and a paper to sign. I commented, "Wow! I've never seen a bill that big before" as I placed the two bills in my son's shirt pocket. We left the bank and headed for the barber shop where i was to meet my daughter in law and pick up my two grandsons for the day.

With all my errands done we soon were back home and my son pulled the two bills from his pocket to show his mother what a thousand dollar bill looked like, lie me this would be a new experience. To our amazement he had two one hundred dollar bills in his hand. I immediately called the Credit Union and told them of this mistake. The teller was still on duty when I arrived back at the CU and was so embarrassed by her mistake. I told her not to worry as long as it could be fixed. People do make mistakes and this one was made with a Supervisor looking over her should, so both were equally responsible for the error. The poor girl commented it had been one of those days and took decided to take the rest of the day off.

Well at least it all worked out but for a little while I was worried. this time we got 20 $100 dollar bills, counted twice.

Have you ever seen a $1000 bill? Have you had a similar experiences at your bank or Credit Union?.


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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      You were very lucky the bank did anything to help you out. As for seeing a $1000 bill? Nope. I've never seen one. However, I am also aware that $1000 bills are strictly business use and usually for larger type transactions. The average person will not have access to them and cannot get them. But, I am glad you were able to resolve this particular issue. I only suggest you be much more careful in the future. :)

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      the pink umbrella 5 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      oh my god, its a good thing she was honest about it, because really after you leave the window they arent responsible!

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      Joseph Ling 5 years ago from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

      Well, in Malaysia, we used to have the biggest note of RM1,000 for Ringgit Malaysia currency. But it had changed since many years ago and we now have only RM100 as the biggest note. For some purposes, it is more convenient when we have big bill in RM1,000. Just imagine the inconvenience when withdrawing RM1 million in cash for special business needs with only RM100 notes.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I once saw a thousand dollar bill but I didn't own it. The U.S. government once printed $500 bills, $1,000 dollar bills, $5,000 bills and $10,000 bills but they are no longer printed and are collectors' items.

      A $100,000 bill was also printed at one time but was not in general circularion. Can you imagine owning one of those? I would be afraid to take it home without an armed escort.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      I can't say that I've ever seen a thousand-dollar bill, but I would like to :)

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      RobertElias Ballard 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      I know the feeling, I feel rich to have a couple of $20 in my wallet.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I've never had a bank make a mistake of that magnitude - you're lucky that you were able to get it corrected so easily! Yes, I had a $1000 bill in my hands (very briefly!) as I had to transfer money from one bank to another on the same day once. Somehow having all that money in one bill made me more uneasy than if I had the same dollar amount in smaller bills...go figure!