Plagued with fakes, many retailers refuse to accept $100 bills


TORONTO — As more and more forged $100 bills are passed off on retailers, many are refusing to accept them at all, or do so only reluctantly, they say. “I had three in a week, and that’s when I said, ‘We’re done,’” says Toronto bakery owner Douglas Wheeler. “That was six or eight months ago.” Wheeler no longer allows his retail stores to accept $100 bills at all. He spots forged banknotes when he’s counting cash, he says, but a cashier in a hurry will often let one through.

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