On Friday, I went into work with out having eaten breakfast and I stopped by our local cafeteria at work to pick up a sausage and egg sandwich. After purchasing my sandwich and getting my change back I noticed something different about the back of the dollar bill I received. A previous owner of my dollar bill had scratched out “In God We Trust” from above the word ONE. I couldn’t believe it!
Personally, it made me kind of puzzled, and I mentioned it to my co-workers and they made no big deal of it. I said to them, “are you aware that it’s illegal to modify money?” After a brief conversation about the subject I thought to myself, “Is what I just said true?”
So this weekend I looked for some legal facts and here is what I found.
Exert from 18 U.S. Code § 331 – Mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins – Cornell Law
Now, I’ve looked all over the internet and have found no instructions on what I can do with this modified legal tender? I’d love to hear from our readers on your thoughts, and what you’d do with the money?I thought this was a pretty interesting fact that a lot of people probably don’t realize. The thing I’m puzzled on now is, “What can I do with this dollar (besides use it like normal)? Can I take it to a bank and ask them to destroy the dollar in exchange for a normal (unmodified) dollar? How will they react when I ask them this request?”