Friday, April 08, 2005

We Don't Take Paper Money

57-year-old Mike Bolesta of Baltimore was told that installation was free when he bought a new car stereo at BestBuy. Then, after it was installed, they told him "Just kidding", and socked him with a bill for $114. Bolesta, a tour operator decided to pay with $2 bills, which he uses as part of his business. The clerk at BestBuy refused to take them. Then she noticed that the serial numbers were sequential. Bolesta tried to explain, "I've got thousands of these bills. I get them from my bank. You got a problem, call the bank." Enter the police, who arrested Bolesta and took him to jail, where he sat handcuffed to a pole and in leg irons while the Secret Service was called. "At this point," he says, "I'm a mass murderer!" Secret Service agent Leigh Turner eventually arrived and declared the bills legit. Of course, BestBuy is noted for their great customer service. No word if the store finally waived the install fee.


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