An imagined scene in Pawn Stars
Customer walks in, let’s call him Bob. Camera pans to behind the counter. We have Rick and Chumlee there.
Rick: Whatcha got for me, boss?
Bob: A $100 bill. I’d like some change, my daughter wants to ride the old electronic 25 cent pony machine out front
Rick: $100 bill, huh? Ok, what are you looking to get for it?
Bob: just some change, a $100 worth. Any denomination would be fine
Rick (holding the bill up against the light, examining it carefully) – Well, it looks pretty good to me. Lemme call in my buddy James. James helps me with all things currency related
Bob: Really? Is that necessary? Are you afraid it’s counterfeit? Should I be afraid?
Rick: Let’s just hang tight and have James take a look
James: Rick and the guys bring me in whenever they have questions about money stuff. I am the head narfel at the Clark County Currency Museum, Pez Vault, and overnight weed dispensary. Medical only, of course. Ok, Rick, whaddya got for me?
Rick: well, this gentleman brought in a $100 bill, and I am just looking to you for some advice on what you think it’s worth.
James: well, upon a quick look, everything checks out. Stardand treasurey $100 bill, this one looks to be 2 years old, and the serial numbers line up with his story
Rick: So, it’s good?
James: Well, the only real way to tell with these things is to tear it in half. Then, dip both halves in mayonnaise and then light it on fire. If it’s real, it will smell just awful. Of course, you risk ruining the bill that way… but it’s the only way to be sure.
Bob: Whoah, hey. Let’s not do that. I just wanted some change, sideburns here says the bill is fine.
Chumlee: Hey mister, I’ll give you a $100 for it
Rick: See, Chum? That is why I don’t let you here a lone. You’d have us bankrupt in 2 weeks. Bob, whaddya looking to get here?
Bob: $100 back in change. My god, this is all really weird, and I still don’t know why you have 4 cameras aimed at me. Maybe a $50 back, couple $20s, and then some smaller stuff so my little girl can ride the horsey out front
Rick: well, Bob. I can tell you that had you come in here about 10 years ago, this would have really been worth something. In the rapping heyday, everything was about the Benjamin’s (factoid pop’s up on the screen about how Franklin is the only non president on a bill). Man… ten years ago we could really got a deal. These days, barely worth what it’s printed on. Tell ya what; you did come all the way down here. How does $50 sound?
Bob: you want to take my $100 bill, and only offer me $50 in change? That’s nuts. I’ll just take it back and head somewhere else
Rick: Listen, man. I totally understand. Here’s the thing. I buy this from you, I gotta store it. I gotta get it in, and then back out, of the register. Probably several times. Then, I gotta go have Chum make a bank deposit run. He’ll get half way there and run into a strip club and forgot why I sent him out. Best I can do is $75, and that’s with me probably taking a loss on this one.