There’s something funny about the money making its way around New York City, but it’s no laughing matter.
Police say phony bills are finding their way into wallets and cash registers across the city. Inside Iggy’s on the Upper East Side, the word ‘FAKE’ is clearly written across a counterfeit 20 dollar bill, but the bar manager wishes it was always that easy to spot one.
The smaller bills is what catches merchants off guard, because most fakes are 100s, 50s.
People have even tried to pass off fake five and one dollar bills. The owner of one eatery on the Upper East Side says someone is using fake money to buy cheap items, then keeps the real change he gets back.
The amounts are small but they add up.