My mother is single-handedly trying to reintroduce the two-dollar bill into circulation. I find this to be an admirable goal and do my part to aid this mission as well. Most people have stopped using cash (unfortunately I usually don’t have any on me), but now that you can hardly find anything for less than a dollar it seems that the two-dollar bill would have increased in popularity. Many people I encounter in retail settings, however, seem not to realize that the two-dollar bill is in fact still legal tender in this country.
Now, I admittedly hesitate to use two-dollar bills in vending machines and automatic checkouts, because… well, because I don’t trust machines of any sort, but also because the two-dollar bill is often omitted from lists of bill denominations that are accepted. Cashiers almost always give me very odd looks when I hand over my two-dollar bills, and I inevitably have to have a conversation with them about the two-dollar bill. Which I don’t mind; especially when the conversation proceeds to a discussion of Thomas Jefferson. But I don’t even bother using two-dollar bills when the cashier is my age or younger. You remember the story that circulated the internet a few years back about the guy who tried to buy a seven-layer burrito from Taco Bell with a $2 bill and the manager did not think it was real. Whether or not this story was exaggerated does not remove the fact that it seems entirely plausible.