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Augusta Christian bookstore receives counterfeit bill

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 11:54 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 1:48 AM
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A woman paid for a $3 purchase with a counterfeit $100 bill Monday afternoon at LifeWay Christian Bookstore, 217 Robert C. Daniel Parkway, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

William Harold Perdue, the store manager, told deputies that when he went to make the deposit, he noticed a suspicious-looking bill. When he questioned his cashier about it, she remembered selling a $3 item to someone who paid with a $100 bill at 4:45 p.m. The cashier also gave the assumed name and phone number of the suspect.

Perdue made the deposit and was told by the bank that the bill was counterfeit. The bank then confiscated the bill, and reversed Perdue’s deposit. Perdue also told officers that Rack Room Shoes had also had a counterfeit bill around the same time.

The suspect was described as an Asian female, 5 feet 6 inches with a slim build, blonde hair, and wearing sunglasses, according to a sheriff’s office incident report, which was filed Tuesday.

Perdue said he would prosecute.

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Pandalover
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Pandalover 10/19/11 - 07:17 am
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This happened at a Christian

This happened at a Christian store? That is a new low.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 10/19/11 - 07:29 am
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I used a bill marker at my

I used a bill marker at my last garage sale, and know to hold bills up to the light to look for the little strip inside. These places need to train their employees better.

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Cassandra Harris 10/19/11 - 08:19 am
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Pandalover - a Christian

Pandalover - a Christian bookstore is a for profit business just like any other store, it just sells books and other items that makes a profit off of Christian oriented materials. Not a new low. Had the bill been given to a non-profit business that takes care of the community, feeds the poor, helps abused children then I could see your point.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 10/19/11 - 08:57 am
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@Cassandra Lifeway is

@Cassandra Lifeway is actually a non-profit, with all revenue over and above expenses being given to mission work and other charitable groups.
http://www.lifeway.com/Article/Who-we-are

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/19/11 - 09:08 am
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Thank you bdouglas. So in a

Thank you bdouglas. So in a way, they do take care of the poor and needy....a new low.

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Willow Bailey 10/19/11 - 09:12 am
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We should not rush to

We should not rush to judgment on the lady who gave the bill. Any one of us could receive one at any given time and pass it along unknowingly.
Remember the elderly lady who paid with a counterfeit $20 at Hamricks' in North Augusta, the law handcuffed her and threw her in the back of a patrol car. She was later proved innocent.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/19/11 - 09:58 am
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Willow that is true. I do

Willow that is true. I do wonder how the cashier would know the suspects name and phone number if she paid in cash? They normally record this information if you pay by check but uncommon with a cash transaction. If it is an honest mistake then the name and phone number should help and the customer could explain if she received the bills from a bank or somewhere else.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/19/11 - 10:09 am
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You are right ICL, never been

You are right ICL, never been asked for ID with cash. I think the NA lady got her twenty from a bank.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 10/19/11 - 10:35 am
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Lifeway asks for everyone's

Lifeway asks for everyone's info when you shop there. Cash or otherwise. For their mailing list and maybe some sort of rewards program. At least they used to. I haven't shopped there or the other place in ages because their prices are so much higher than online or Walmart for music or videos, which is about all I ever bought there. I'm all for supporting a Christian organization, but just because you have it in the title doesn't entitle them to rip people off with their prices.

Back on subject... if this was an intentional thing, I highly doubt the name given was real. Don't see many blonde-headed Asian women around town, though.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 10/19/11 - 10:44 am
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“The suspect was described as

“The suspect was described as an Asian female, 5 feet 6 inches with a slim build, blonde hair, and wearing sunglasses…”

Sounds kinda hot…

My bad

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 10/19/11 - 10:45 am
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One little note about Lifeway

One little note about Lifeway Christian Bookstore. They provide resources for churches and almost any other christian stuff needed. But what they make in profits goes to the Southern Baptist Cooperative program which supports missionaries around the world. So what they may gain is put right back into reaching people for Christ.

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seenitB4 10/19/11 - 11:07 am
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You can get a counterfeit

You can get a counterfeit bill from anywhere...even banks...my hubby got one from Kroger a few months back....they made it good....but he had to convince them first.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/19/11 - 11:20 am
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Title of article is

Title of article is misleading. It makes it seem like the Augusta Christian (as in school) bookstore got a counterfeit bill.

It's actually an Augusta-Area Christian bookstore or Christian bookstore who got the counterfeit bill.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 10/19/11 - 11:27 am
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The cashier should have

The cashier should have caught it immediately; the Art Linkletter portrait is a dead giveaway.

Vettegirl
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Vettegirl 10/19/11 - 03:58 pm
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I agree with innocent until

I agree with innocent until proven guilty and that it could have been an honest mistake, but it is awfully suspicious that someone would use a $100 bill to purchase a $3 item. That should raise a flag right there...

augnewsgirl09
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augnewsgirl09 10/19/11 - 05:20 pm
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Yeah, I agree... Purchasing a

Yeah, I agree... Purchasing a $3 item with a $100 bill is suspicious in itself.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/19/11 - 06:38 pm
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I worked in the banking

I worked in the banking industry for a while. I aslo worked as a cashier on an occasion or two. Counterfeit money has a distinctive "feel" as compared to real money. Anyone working with currency after a while can spot the difference by the feel of the bill. Maybe the person at the register didn't have the neccessary experience to spot it right away but to all others remember. American currency is printed on paper that is actually more cotton than paper and feels very pliable in the hands. Fake money always feels mostly like worn out printer paper. At least that's what the Secret Service told me when I'd discover any counterfeits in my course of work...

Techfan
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Techfan 10/20/11 - 05:17 am
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Heck, a friend of mine got a

Heck, a friend of mine got a counterfeit $100 from the bank.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 10/20/11 - 08:59 am
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Looks like the counterfeit

Looks like the counterfeit $100 bill made it to the right location.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 11/30/11 - 02:47 am
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We could be looking at a

We could be looking at a blizzard of funny money. Test it or lose it.

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