TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Kensyi Lewis, the assistant general manager of Shari’s is sending a warning out to people in Twin Falls.
Twice over the holiday weekend, people paid with fake money at Shari's in Twin Falls (KMVT/Elizabeth Hadley)
People have paid for their meals at Shari’s with counterfeit $100.00 bills, and Lewis didn’t catch it until she brought the money to the bank.
“It was one of the best ones they’d seen," Lewis said. "It had all the, you know serial numbers and the ruffles and that one was one of the good ones that you know they’d seen and so they went through protocol on how to check."
This didn't just happen once over the holiday weekend, it happened twice. It happened on July 2nd, and again on July 5th.
“There is a lot of hard working folks in Twin Falls that work very hard for all the money they make, and for somebody to come in and just try to take it from them, where it could make or break a business is just unfathomable to me," Lewis said.
Across the street at Chic-Fil-A, Bill Ystueta said they have extra security measures in place to make sure this doesn't happen.
“It’s definitely a concern as a business owner, you know anytime you get a bad bill passed to you, it comes directly out of your expense, you’re accountable to it and it hits your bottom line," Ystueta said.
According to US Currency.Gov there are a few things to be aware of when checking to see if a bill is counterfeit or not.
There should be a thread running through the left side of the bill.
There should be a blue ribbon that tilts back and forth when held up to the light.
The color of the ink in the bell will change color.
A watermark picture of Benjamin Franklin will appear in the right corner.
The ink in the lower right corner will change from a copper to a green color.
Lewis is now taking extra security measures, to make sure this never happens again.
“I got a pen that checks the ink instead of the paper, and then I got a UV light that beeps when it recognizes the magnetic strip. Everything was under $40.00. I recommend that every business in Twin Falls gets some kind of measures to protect against it," Lewis said.