Tuesday, August 2, 2011

$13.69 [Money Pit]

Well, this happened.

This is a ripped up pile of twenty dollar bills.  Four of them, to be exact.

Let it soak in.

The circumstances under which this financial crime was perpetrated are unclear.  My purse, with $80 in cash inside of it, was sitting on the living room floor.  I was in the back bedroom.  I am 99.9% sure that Betelgeuse was the ultimate destructive force, as she has a history of chewing up paper when she's in a good mood.  But these bills came from my purse, and she's never been a bag forager.  So that means either Lulu or Kira, or maybe even both, helped steal the $80 from my purse before Betel thoroughly ripped it to shreds.  I say thoroughly because she even pulled out some of the security threads.

So why is this post not entitled $80.00?  Because it turns out that the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will redeem damaged or mutilated currency.  So the net loss hopefully is just $13.69 for the cost of registered mail postage with return receipt requested.  Unless the U.S. Treasury will not redeem it, in which case I will be out a whopping $93.69.  Thanks, pups.


  1. Hi,

    I would like to use the picture of the torn up bills, in a book I am writing. The book deals with financial education for children. The picture will be in black and white.
    I just wanted to make sure that this is in fact you personal picture.

    1. Hi - it is my personal photo, and yes, that's fine. What is the book called? (I now have human children :)

    2. Thank you for your quick reply. In the meantime I found another solution.
      The book is called “How is money born” but it is in Hebrew at this point. When I am done, I may translate it.
      Here is a link to some more information if you are curious. https://www.giusim.co.il/he/projects/455/
      Thank you once again for your willingness to share your picture.