Last night I went into the 7-11 store to take out cash from the cash machine and all of a sudden I hear the clerk saying really loud… “That’s a counterfeit bill… I can’t take that!”
I got up to the cash register and asked the clerk what just happened and she said someone tried to pass off another counterfeit $5.00 bill onto the store. I said “another” and she turned to the other clerk on duty and he said it was like the second one that has been tried to be passed onto the store in the last week. They also mentioned that even $1.00 bills were being counterfeited.
I asked the clerk if they called the police and she said no… the company doesn’t call the police as there is just too much paperwork to be filled out every time someone tries to pass one off.
I thought about this and then went to Paul’s Gas Station at the end of Pahoa Town and while I was paying for my gas there… I noticed they had a $5.00 bill taped to the wall. I asked the lady at Paul’s Gas Station if they had also had any counterfeit bills being passed onto them… and she said yes. Recently they have had quite a few people trying to pass on bogus bills and one even got through.
So if stores like 7-11 and Paul’s Gas Station are being targeted… I can only imagine what might be going on elsewhere. I can only imagine a place like the Maku’u Farmers Market being a prime place for these folks to pass on these bogus bills to unsuspecting folks… and then perfectly innocent folks get caught up in trying to purchase something with them legally.
Be vigilant and realize that folks are passing $5.00 bills and $1.00 bills that are bogus around Pahoa right now and if you are a merchant… you may want to invest in a pen that can detect bogus bills.