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Millennials In Canada Don't Think $2 Bills Are Real

Have you ever seen a $2 bill?
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Millennials In Canada Don't Think $2 Bills Are Real

A hilarious story posted to Facebook and shared over 13,000 times details one Canadian man's encounter with two young mall employees who were baffled after he presented a $2 bill to pay for a meal.

"THIS IS A RIOT!!! Everyone should start carrying $2 bills! I'm STILL laughing!! I think we need to quit saving our $2 bills and bring them out in public. The younger generation doesn't even know they exist!" writes Aaron Sitch.

In his post, he transcribes the encounter that occurred when he stopped to buy something to eat:

"Sitch: 'Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go.'
Server: 'That'll be $1.04. Eat in?' 
Sitch: 'No, it's to go.' At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.
Server: 'Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back.' He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot.

"The following conversation occurs between the two of them:

Server: 'Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?' 
Manager: 'No. A what?' 
Server: 'A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me...' 
Manager: 'Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill.' 
Server: 'Yeah, thought so.'"

After another brief exchange and an intervention by the manager who refuses to accept the bill, mall security intervenes.

"Guard: 'Yeah, Mike, what's up?' 
Manager (whispering): 'This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money.' 
Guard: 'No kidding! What?' 
Manager: 'Get this. A two dollar bill.' 
Guard (incredulous): 'Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?' 
Manager: 'I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty.' 
Guard: 'Oh, so the fifty's fake!' 
Manager: 'No, the two dollar bill is.' 
Guard: 'Why would he fake a two dollar bill?' 
Manager: 'I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?' 
Guard: 'Yeah.'"

Sitch eventually hands the bill over to the guard, who becomes confused.

"Guard: 'Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?' 
Manager: 'It's fake.' 
Guard: 'It doesn't look fake to me.' 
Manager: 'But it's a two dollar bill.' 
Guard: 'Yeah? ' 
Manager: 'Well, there's no such thing, is there?'"

Luckily, this story has a happy ending.

"The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue and is an idiot. So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too."

Sitch concludes his post by expressing dismay for the future of the country.

"Just think... those two will be voting soon!!?! YIKES!!!"

You can read Sitch's entire Facebook post below:

In fact, $2 dollar bills have become rare in Canada since they were replaced by the toonie in 1996. Anyone who grew up after then has likely not encountered the old banknotes.

Before that, Canada had produced $2 bills since 1935, according to the Bank of Canada.

Here's a look at the $2 bill through the years.

1935:

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1937 (when French was added):

[rebelmouse-image 26893103 photo_credit="Bank of Canada" expand=1 original_size="1200x400"] Bank of Canada

1954:

[rebelmouse-image 26893104 photo_credit="Bank of Canada" expand=1 original_size="1200x400"] Bank of Canada

1969:

[rebelmouse-image 26893105 photo_credit="Bank of Canada" expand=1 original_size="1200x400"] Bank of Canada

1986:

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"Technically," the Bank of Canada states, "you can use an [old] bank note when you go shopping or pay a bill. The cashier might refuse it because it looks unfamiliar, but it is still worth [its face value]. In fact, some bank notes, especially the rare ones, are worth more than the number on their face to collectors."

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