In what is becomming more common a guy tries to use an old 100$ bill to pay for dinner and gets taken into custody.
A student's old money got him handcuffed and hauled away from a drive-through lane in a squad car.Please insert Homor Simpson noise here
That shouldn't happen, and Alfred Kennedy III must get a trial on his defamation charge against the Jack in the Box restaurant chain and and false arrest charges against the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, a state appeal court has ruled.
Kennedy was arrested after he paid for meals for himself and four female students with a $100 Federal Reserve Note from 1974 — one his great-grandmother had mailed to him.
Neither the workers at the restaurant on Dec. 7, 2001, nor the sheriff's deputies who answered their call recognized it as real money.
So he sues. Thrown out once it has been reinstated. The Keystone cop act that followed his non-arrest shows that the area of East Baton Rouge Parish is in perile.
He said that the restaurant employees stalled Kennedy — sending out just the drinks, then the wrong items — until deputies showed up. The deputies, Brown said, "didn't ask questions — just took him out of the car. Placed cuffs on him. When he asked what was happening, they told him to keep his mouth shut."The best and the brightest they aint.
Kennedy was cuffed and taken to the Scotlandville substation while deputies looked at nearby convenience stores for a "counterfeit detector pen" — one that makes an amber mark on the paper used for legitimate currency but a dark one on most other high-quality paper.
Kennedy testified that, while he was being taken to the substation, a deputy told him the bill would be tested, and he would get it back if it proved to be genuine.
That did eventually happen.
However, the 1st Circuit ruled, the sheriff's office and restaurant didn't show any evidence that anyone who looked at Kennedy's money had the knowledge needed to evaluate it and decide Kennedy should be held while it was tested.
At least it wasn't a 2$ bill.