SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CBS Houston) — Two Texas Walmart employees are accused of holding a woman for hours after ripping up two real $100 bills that they thought were fake.
According to Courthouse News Service, Julia Garcia filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores in Bexar County Court over the December 2010 incident.
The complaint states that Garcia was Christmas shopping with her children at a San Antonio Walmart at 2 a.m. when she tried to pay with a $100 bill.
“The cashier inspected the $100 bill, turned to another cashier and had a brief discussion, and returned to her register telling the plaintiff her money was ‘fake,’” the lawsuit states, according to Courthouse News. “The cashier proceeded to rip the $100 bill in half without performing any counterfeit detection tests. The metallic strip in the $100 bill was clearly visible.”
Garcia says that was when a Walmart manager named Russell was called over.
“At this time, she took out the other $100 bill she had in her possession,” the lawsuit continued, according to Courthouse News. “Russell took this bill from her, told her it was also counterfeit, ripped it in half and again told plaintiff she had to wait for police.”
The lawsuit states that Garcia was made to wait nearly two hours until San Antonio police arrived on the scene at 4:15 a.m and after speaking with her deemed the money legitimate.
“Officer Edwards told her that the money taken by Wal-Mart was legitimate and that the store had made a terrible mistake by their conduct,” the complaint states, according to Courthouse News. “He then approached the manager, who appeared upset by what he was told by Officer Edwards.”
The lawsuit states that the manager tried to hand back the ripped up bills, but the officer told him he had to replace the bills.
Garcia is seeking punitive damages in an unspecified amount from Wal-Mart.