SAN ANTONIO - A Texas mother says she was humiliated after WalMart employees took her real $100 bills, ripped them up, and falsely imprisoned her in the San Antonio store nearly two years ago, the Huffington Post reports.
The Wal-Mart employees, who believed the money was fake, didn’t bother to test Julia Garcia’s cash before destroying it and calling the police. Now she is suing the company for putting her through an embarrassing, three hour-ordeal, according to her lawsuit.
Garcia said she was shopping for Christmas gifts in December of 2010 when she approached a checkout lane at 2:00 a.m.
The cashier examined her $100 bill, had a discussion with a manager, and told Garcia her bill was fake. The cashier then tore up her money without running a counterfeit detection test.
When Garcia pulled out a second $100, the cashier grabbed it and ripped that bill too, according to her complaint.
The plaintiff says the manager told her she would have to wait for the police in front of the store. Employees reportedly told other customers passing by that Garcia tried to use fake money, humiliating her.
When police arrived about 5:00 a.m., they said both torn bills were legal.
She is now seeking punitive damages for emotional distress and false imprisonment.
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