Between the parades and festivals they attend, the crew at Darn Good Foods is always trying to block counterfeit cash from coming onto their food truck.
"We've taken in five 20s in the past 15 years," said Janice Defiel, owner of Darn Good Foods. "You don't know when you are going fast. It just happens."
Defiel said she is not surprised -- but she is thankful -- that a man named Joseph Doughy was charged in Hennepin County on Tuesday with counterfeiting currency. According to charging documents, Doughy was found with an envelope full of fake bills at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. The owner of Island Noodles, Monica Jensen told FOX 9 News he passed her two fake $20 bills.
"He came through my line once and within 5 minutes came again," Jensen recalled. "I made the comment, 'Oh, you must really like our noodles, you came back again?' And most people will expand on that and say why they are getting them again. He wouldn't even look at me in the eye."
At that moment, Jensen said the vender next to her came to warn about a fake $50 bill he had been given by a woman Doughy was talking to. Doughy took off running, but police chased him down and found fake 5s, 10s, 20s and 50s.
"They are going to give you a 20 and they want a can a pop," said Defiel. "Now, they are going to get back $19.50, so you are paying them to steal from you."
Earlier this year, FOX 9 News spoke with the Secret Service about what to look out for. Color shifting ink, a watermark on the right and a vertical imbedded fiber are all key security features. Specialized pens are a good way to test, but are not a guarantee.
Defiel has all her employees use the pens.
"I tell my employees, 'If it's yellow, leave it mellow. If it's brown, put it down,'" Defiel said. "I'm sure it will happen again."
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