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Caught on Tape: Suspect Passes Counterfeit $100 Bill

Fearing for her safety, a clerk at Diane's Swimwear makes change for the obviously fake currency.

Screenshot of surveillance video.
Screenshot of surveillance video.

Manhattan Beach police are hoping someone recognizes a man caught on tape paying for a beach bag with a counterfeit $100 bill.

The incident happened at 8 p.m. March 5 at Diane’s Swimwear, 3292 Sepulveda Blvd., according to a Manhattan Beach Police Department press release.

A man – described as white, around 25 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his hands – first asked a clerk for assistance in selecting a beach bag, officials said.

“When the clerk rang the item in the register, the subject presented an obvious counterfeit $100 bill. As the clerk hesitated with the sale, the subject became verbally aggressive and demanded change,” the press release states.

Fearing for her safety, the clerk went ahead and produced the $72 in change, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident and/or the subject involved, is urged to call the MBPD tip line at 310-802-5171. 

Lily T. Last April 02, 2014 at 07:20 PM
she's a good store clerk. She checked the bill, which is what she was supposed to do. To bad she had to give him change and a beach bag, but I would have done the same thing and just sent him on his way. Safety first. I hope her employer realizes she did her job, and also took care that she as well as any co-workers that might have been in the store remained safe. I think her quick thinking and composure are commendable. I've shopped there many times, and the ladies are always prompt and courteous. They deserve accolades. Working retails is not easy. I used to do it, and you deal with many different kinds of people, some who are good, some are bad. It is always a judgment call when keeping safety in mind. Its always best to let them go and get away.
Penny Arévalo April 02, 2014 at 07:23 PM
I agree that $72 is not worth a life.
Wolfman April 04, 2014 at 10:19 PM
dealing with the public is a demanding job but you have to know how to handle it

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