Greenback Dollar


Alfred Kennedy III was handcuffed and taken to a police station after trying to pay for food at a Baton Rouge Jack in the Box with a $100 1974 Federal Reserve note. The note wasn't counterfeit, but no one at Jack in the Box or the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office seemed to recognize the almost 30-year-old note was legal tender. Kennedy was finally freed after about 40 minutes, after deputies confirmed the note was real money. That happened in 2001. An appeals court recently said Kennedy should get a trial on a defamation charge against the restaurant and a false arrest claim against the sheriff's office. Both the Jack in the Box and the sheriff's office opposed that decision. The sheriff's office says Kennedy wasn't really arrested, just detained until the bill could be checked out.