As Alex and I were winding things up in KL a few weeks ago, we emptied and closed our Malaysian bank accounts. Thinking that we could live on a cash-only basis this summer while we traveled in the US, we changed all our leftover Ringgit into US Dollars – all in hundreds. We always travel with cash in Southeast Asia since you can’t always count on an ATM being nearby.
So, you can imagine our surprise when, on our first day back in the US, we tried to buy some food with those hundred dollar bills. Not a chance. If Alex’s parents hadn’t been there with a US$20 to save the day, we would have had to give the takeout back and walk away hungry. So much for our cash-only idea. We are guessing that most places are concerned that these “large”bills are fake(and, frankly, I use the term “large” quite loosely… it’s not like we were trying to spend a $500 bill).
Have you ever encountered a fake bill?