Strippers Are Very Good at Telling if Money's Counterfeit, as Some Local Cabaret Customers Are Finding Out

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Counterfeit money just feels different.
On the night of October 9, Juan Herrera and Willie Jones went to a strip club. They showed up at Dallas Cabaret on Harry Hines Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m., where they paid $20 for their cover. Herrera then went to the bar for drinks when the bouncer, Brian Rodriguez, stopped him. The $20 bill was clearly a fake and Rodriguez asked where he had gotten the money. Herrera said Jones had given it to him, but when Rodriguez went to ask him, Jones ran out the back door of the club and drove off.

Police showed up a few minutes later and arrested Herrera, who was carrying a couple of fake $50 bills and a fake $20 bill. They also arrested Jones, who for some reason drove back to the club. Both men were charged with forgery of a government instrument.

Their case may be cut-and-dry: Two guys want to see some titties but don't have any money, so they decide to print up some cash. Or maybe they were trying to launder bills as part of a larger counterfeiting operation. (Or, of course, they could be innocent.) Whatever the outcome, their case is part of a trend.

Since August, local strip joints have filed 11 reports with Dallas police of customers trying to pass forged bills. They don't appear to be related. Sometimes, it's someone slipping a $20 to the bouncer. In other instances, it's larger denominations. Just this morning, Dallas Cabaret reported that two men had tried to pass off a pair of $100 bills, which might have worked if they weren't noticeably waxy and if the security strip wasn't backwards. The men were able to drive away before police arrived, but they left six fake $100s lying in the middle of Harry Hines.

To be sure, 11 reported instances over four months doesn't constitute an epidemic, but compare it with the previous seven months, when Dallas police didn't receive a single report. I tried calling some of the frequent targets to see if they've seen an uptick or have begun reporting cases more aggressively, but no one picked up the phone at Dallas Cabaret or the Dallas Gentlemen's Club, and the woman at Beamers directed me to a generic email address.

So maybe this is a case of criminals targeting a business they see as deviant, a la some recent TCU research. Or maybe guys who counterfeit money just really like seeing titties.

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There has been forged money in clubs for at least the last 3 years, with it peaking substantially sometime in 2010-2011.  There has always been a range in quality and passability, but the best ones I've seen involve taking a $5 bill and washing the ink off, leaving the right currency paper, an imprinted abraham lincoln head, and the money strip.  Then the $10, $20, and $100 label is printed over the top.  If inspected, you will see a Big face hundred with abraham lincoln face inside, or a $5 amount printed on the currency strip, dead give away.  They have passing these guys in strip clubs for years, but the GMs dont allow staff to call it in to the police because they don't want their clubs getting lawsuits against them from the city and possibly getting shut down because of too many incidents.


Strippers hate me because I always tip with Golden Presidential dollars.


These girls take so much cash from us guys trying to just have a good time

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Enough already - Please publish the rest of the photo or take down the article

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The paper is a dead giveaway. You know immediately by the feel if it's fake.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I was wondering where this was going. I couldn't imagine someone going through all the trouble to counterfeit a bunch of singles to stick into the garters and g-strings of our local talent.


People who handle a lot of cash get real good at spotting fakes. I'll bet your average stripper can spot a fake faster than a bank teller.


@Josh204 Then stop giving it to them mark.  Nobodys going into your pockets, your handing it over, dip&*#^


@TheCredibleHulk @albert.finney000 - Funny, I had you figgered for someone who has yet to pop a curly.


@NewsDog @albert.finney000 @ -hard call, but to paraphrase furry freak brothers, money will get you through times of no tit better than tit will get you through times of no money... Unless you're a pimp I guess

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