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SANTA FE, NM ? A Santa Fe woman has parlayed her sister's $1 investment in an old ammunition box into a $5,500 payout.

Marlene Arsola received the check this week from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

She tells the Albuquerque Journal that her sister bought a couple of metal ammunition boxes for $1 each at an auction about eight years ago.

One box was empty but the other had shredded currency.

Arsola's sister took the bills that were partially intact to the bank and received $400 to $500 for them. She turned over the smaller shreds to Arsola, who enjoys doing puzzles.

She didn't put the pieces together but eventually contacted the Treasury Department about the mutilated money.

She discovered the check in her mail Thursday. :)

from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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uhhh, What?

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uhhh, What?

Don't read English?

Banks will replace a damaged bill if a certain % of the bill is intact.

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Don't read English?

Banks will replace a damaged bill if a certain % of the bill is intact.

The clip in the OP is so fragmented and poorly written it's hard to even decipher what exactly was going on, and the LINK to the story goes directly to the homepage of the site, not a story.

And YES, I "read English", don't be a jerk.

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Uh yep banks will replace damaged currency within reason.

Article should be removed, it's so badly written.

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Uh yep banks will replace damaged currency within reason.

Article should be removed, it's so badly written.

The rule is, if it's over 50% of the bill, it will be replaced or honored. The other half that is 49% of less is no longer of any value.

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The rule is, if it's over 50% of the bill, it will be replaced or honored. The other half that is 49% of less is no longer of any value.

Yup, exactly the same over here (UK). So long as 'around' half a note remains, you'll have it replaced. That's what i was getting at, sorry if my post made no sense.

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The clip in the OP is so fragmented and poorly written it's hard to even decipher what exactly was going on, and the LINK to the story goes directly to the homepage of the site, not a story.

Here's the direct link, but it pesters you for a 'survey':

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/12/14/news/shredded-cash-nets-5500-windfall-2.html

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The clip in the OP is so fragmented and poorly written it's hard to even decipher what exactly was going on, and the LINK to the story goes directly to the homepage of the site, not a story.

And YES, I "read English", don't be a jerk.

I had no problem understanding the article. :/ It's clear and concise and not really fragmented at all.

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Some people have all the luck.

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