The owners of two Manhattan Taco Bells are facing class-action lawsuits for orchestrating what may be the most moronic scam in the history of stupid schemes.
According to a lawsuit, a 17-year-old cashier identified as “J.A.” was told by management that she had accidentally accepted two fake $20 bills while working. The teenager was told that she would have to pay the money back out of her own pocket — or hand them out to customers.
Afraid because her job was on the line, she complied. The store dropped its “no large bills” policy and accepted $50 and $100 bills so that the $20s could be used as change. Even after circulating the two bills, the teenager was forced to continue distributing the fake money, which “J.A.’s” lawyer calls “terrible.” The money, according to her lawyer, was printed on a laser-jet printer and run through a dryer for texture.
“The girl has been quite distraught since this happened,” said the family’s lawyer.
In two weeks, though, the teen had enough of being forced to defraud customers. When she refused to participate any longer, “J.A.” says she was called into a meeting on August 7 where four supervisors posed as undercover NYPD officers. She was told that she would be arrested, unless she continued to hand out the fake money.
Unfortunately for these wannabe criminal masterminds, the teen recorded the conversation.
“Fearing for her freedom and safety,” according to the suit, “J.A.” provided the recordings to the real police, along with one of the poorly-faked $20 bills. According to the lawsuit, “A kind sergeant spent 30 minutes listening…and repeatedly reassured her she was never going to be arrested, and there were no undercover cops in the Taco Bell.”
No arrests have been made at this time, and it is unknown if other employees were forced to participate in the scam.
The girl’s family is suing for $5 million–that’s a lot of fake $20s!