Counterfeit bill causes trouble

An unidentified man asked a cashier to make change for his $1 million bill, Pittsburgh police said Monday. The man entered the store shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. He walked to the customer service counter, handed over the bill and asked for change, Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Catherine McNeilly said. The cashier refused and called the manager, McNeilly said. The manager told the man the bill was not real and the man asked for his bill back. When the manager refused, telling the man the store had a policy of not returning counterfeit money, the man became enraged and grabbed an electronic funds transfer machine and slammed it against the counter, McNeilly said. The man then reached for the cashier’s scanner gun, and the manager called police, McNeilly said. The $100 bill is the largest bill in circulation, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury. The largest bill ever printed is the $100,000 gold certificate, which was made in 1934 and 1935, and used only for transactions between Federal Reserve banks. The $1 million bill seized Saturday might have originated from a Dallas-based ministry, which last year distributed thousands of religious pamphlets with a picture of the bogus bill, police said.