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From: Keith (
Subject:         Re: $2 Bill
Date: November 26, 2005 at 10:06 am PST

In Reply to: $2 Bill posted by John(HI) on November 25, 2005 at 5:07 pm:

I didn't know that there was a 2-dollar bill south of the border!

We used to have them here, but on the prairies many people wouldn't accept them. At one time, apparently, $2 was the standard price for a hooker on River Street in Moose Jaw. It was therefore presumed, somewhat illogically, that anyone posssessing a $2 bill must have been associating with River Street hookers, even if they were 500 miles away from Moose Jaw. We used to have many hassles like your story.

Then, they came out with the $1 coin, the "loonie", and withdrew the $1 bill from circulation. (The name derives only partly from the loon on the design. It was mostly called that because people thought it was a looney idea.) Many businesses disliked the loonie so much that they would not accept it. Again, the story got repeated. I left an ice cream cone on the counter (pre-vegan days) when a store refused to accept my loonie. Feelings against the loonie were so high that the dreaded $2 bill finally became the preferred low-denomination currency.

Until it got replaced by the "toonie"...


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