Campus Police Investigate Two-Dollar Bill Spent On Student's Lunch

Police were called after a teenager tried to pay for her school lunch with a $2 bill.

Danesiah Neal was given a $2 bill by her grandmother, Sharon Kay Joseph, to pay for her school lunch of chicken nuggets at Fort Bend Independent School District's Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Houston, Texas.

"I went to the lunch line, and they said my $2 bill was fake," she told KTRK. "They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. A police officer said I could be in big trouble."

Danesiah was facing the possibility of third-degree felony charges. Over chicken nuggets. Frankly, I’ve never spent the few $2 bills I have for similar concerns.

Officials from the school contacted her grandmother to get her side of the story.

"She's never in trouble, so I was nervous going in there," Joseph recalled.

"'Did you give Danesiah a $2 bill for lunch?'" she was asked. "He told me it was fake," she said.

In order to determine whether the $2 bill was counterfeit, a campus officer went to the convenience store where Joseph got the bill, then to a bank to examine it officially.

All this over $2 chicken nuggets? I imagine at least $2 of gas was wasted on this wild goose chase.

The bank stated that the bill was real. As the bill was printed in 1953, it was too old for the school’s counterfeit pen.

"He didn't apologize," Joseph said of the officer. "He should have, and the school should have because they pulled Danesiah out of lunch, and she didn't eat lunch that day because they took her money."

Joseph said the entire incident was “very outrageous.” Personally, I can't help but agree. 

"There was no need for police involvement," she said. "They're charging kids like they're adults now."