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Fake $100 bill found in Salvation Army kettle

Posted December 9, 2008 11:56 a.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2008 3:47 p.m. EST

— Excitement among staff at the Salvation Army of Greensboro quickly turned to disappointment when workers discovered a phony $100 bill among their kettle collection.

“Whenever we receive $100 bills, there’s a big woo-hoo among staff,” Maj. Paul B. Egan, a corps officer, said.

After realizing the bill was a fake, Egan planned to keep it as a strange souvenir. He hopes to see its value replaced in the kettle drive.

The Salvation Army expects to collect more than $200,000 this holiday season around Greensboro.

The counterfeit is not the most unusual item to drop from the kettle at the end of a collection. The Salvation Army has seen buttons, batteries, foreign coins, stamps, slugs and Chuckie Cheese tokens.