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Daemon
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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The Dog Ate My...

The "dog ate it" excuse may not cut it in the classroom, but the US Treasury is apparently more receptive to this explanation than the typical schoolteacher, and for that at least one person can be grateful. A Montana man who mailed in the remnants of what he claimed were five $100 bills eaten by his one-eyed dog received a $500 check to replace the currency. The pet owner was nothing if not committed, following his dog around for days after the incident, collecting its droppings and eventually picking out and washing the digested bill fragments. Unpleasant as they were, his efforts ultimately paid off. More...
RuthP
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 5:06:55 PM

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I remember reading (a very long time ago) an interview with or an essay by a woman who worked in this department. She had the most amazing stories of reconstruction. They often get wads of destroyed bills, and they tease them apart and put together as many as possible. All that is needed for reimbursement is the serial number.

Many of these come from hidden stashes in houses. Many seem to be left from the 1930s and the Depression, when so many banks failed. The author said the worst were the ones ants or termites had gotten into, because they largely chewed the bills into pulp and little could be recovered. She said she was pretty good with those that rodents had destroyed.
leonAzul
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 6:02:18 PM

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RuthP
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 6:07:07 PM

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That's hysterical!

I really wish I could remember where the article I read was published. I remember being stunned at the amount of time invested in recovering the money. The author said it was important, because sometimes it was the only (or a large part) of the 'savings' someone had put away.
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