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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 5, January 29, 2006, Article 14

TORN DOLLARS: TWO RIDES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach published a story about
counterfeit notes that mentions another scheme to stretch
the value of a dollar:

"A crackdown on fare fraud at Lymo has caused at least
one bus rider to find a more creative and illegal way to
beat the system.  The mass transit agency has found three
counterfeit $1 bills in its fare boxes on three separate
occasions in recent weeks, according to Myers Rollins Jr.,
Lymo's general manager.

The counterfeit bills started showing up after Lymo began
an anti-fraud program called "Show Me the Money," in which
riders must show their dollar bills and change to a bus
driver before inserting the money into a fare box.

Before that program started, Rollins said, drivers sometimes
would find wooden coins, pieces of paper and dollar bills
torn in half in their fare boxes at the end of the day.

"Some riders would tear a dollar in half and fold it up
and put it in the box," said Stephen Anderson, the authority's
assistant general manager. "Then, they'd use the other half
for the trip back. They'd get two rides for the price of one."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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