Woman who watched as Walmart employees ‘ripped up her $100 bills because they thought they were fake’ sues for $75,000
- Julia Garcia says two employees ripped up $200 in bills before using a counterfeit detection pen on them
- The woman claims she was held for four hours at the front of the store while police were called
- After the bills were found legal by police the store manager allegedly tried to give her back the ripped currency
A mother who says Walmart employees intentionally humiliated her after wrongfully ripping up two of her $100 bills while believing they were fake is taking legal action against the store.
In her recently filed complaint, Julia Garcia is seeking no more than $74,900 in damages after detained for four hours before customers in San Antonio, Texas who were told she had tried to use fake money.
It was in the early hours of December 18, 2010 while doing some Christmas shopping for her children that Ms Garcia claims she presented the first $100 bill as payment before it was taken with suspicion from her.
She says that the bill wasn’t actually tested by a counterfeit detection pen until after it was ripped, though that pen’s result was either misread or ignored by the cashier.
According to her complaint: ‘The cashier inspected the $100 bill, turned to another cashier and had a brief discussion, and returned to her register telling Plaintiff that her money was “fake.”