In the evening of January 17, 1950, a band of armed, masked men entered a bank in Boston, Massachusetts. Moving with calculated precision, those masked men left the bank dragging bags filled with $1,218,211.29 in cash, alone. Much of the loot from “the fabulous Brinks robbery” was never recovered.
Until a certain mother and her daughter traveled to Sweden.
It went something like this: they had planned to exchange their money in Seattle, but their connecting flight was already boarding upon landing. So, they carried on, fully intent on exchanging dollars to kronas upon their arrival in Sweden.
The daughter went first, sliding her bills through the slot.
“Oh, I can’t accept this one,” the man behind the window said.
The daughter kindly inquired as to why.
“See here,” he said, pointing to an obvious pen explosion. “Ink stains. We cannot accept bills with ink stains on them. I’m certain they are illegal in the states.”
Yeah, pretty sure they’re not . . .
Nonetheless, bill after bill was rejected, red ink, black ink, ink you needed a magnifying glass to see–it didn’t seem to matter.
At last the daughter decided to cut her losses and take what she could get. The mother opted to try her luck at a different time, and a different location. In the meantime, the enterprising duo sorted through all their bills and removed any with marks (and if you live in the U.S. or have spent any amount of time there, you understand the monumental task).
So it was, the mother moved in to exchange her money, sliding her bills through the slot.
“Oh, I can’t accept this one,” the lady behind the window said.
The mother kindly inquired as to why.
“My light is showing residue–it’s been in a bank robbery.”
“A bank robbery,” said the mother. “But I withdrew it from my bank.”
“Yes, that happens. It just missed the sorting process, but you can still use it at home.”
Oh so helpful, thank you . . .
And while the mother and daughter do not know the particulars, they like to think their money has a really great back story–something that makes the tomfoolery worth their while.