A Homeless Man Is Suing After Being Wrongfully Accused of Using Fake Money at Burger King

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  1. Matt84

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    BOSTON) — Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, was hungry so he went to Burger King one morning in 2015. But instead of breakfast, Ellis got a ride to the police station and more than three months in jail after he was wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash, he says.

    Now Ellis is suing the fast food giant and franchisee for nearly $1 million, saying he was discriminated against because of his appearance. The lawsuit comes on the heels of recent cases of police being called on black people that have sparked uproar and claims of racial profiling.

    Ellis’ attorney said the cashier likely wouldn’t have questioned if the money was real if a white man in a suit handed him the same bill. Even if he did, the cashier probably would have apologized and said he couldn’t accept the cash instead of calling police, attorney Justin Drechsler said.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/homeless-man-suing-being-wrongfully-081540515.html

    So this man is trying to buy food with real money, goes to jail for three months, and never got his money back. There can't possibly be a defense for why this was okay..............
     
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    How hard would it be to check the bill right on the spot?
     
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    So who foots the bill this time: taxpayers or Burger King?
     
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    Steve N Well-Known Member Donor

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    Ummmm....Burger King didn't arrest the guy, the cops did. And it's not against the law to call the cops these days, is it?
     
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    So after watching some black guys get arrested, he decides he now has a case months after he was arrested.

    Hmmm.

    Did the money look like this?

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  6. Matt84

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    Burger King will probably foot this one.
     
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    Counterfeit cash is a tough crime to prove, because it's very plausible that you got counterfeited and didn't realise.

    I can't imagine it'd be a tough case for any decent lawyer.
     
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    Not with the Secret Service behind you. They verified the money was real.
     
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    Well there you go then, problem solved.
     
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    There has got to be another side to this story. I don't believe a guy spent 3 months in jail for paying for a burger.

    But hey those Massachusetts liberals are terrified of black people so ya never know....
     
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    He won't get $950,000, but probably enough to at least get him on his feet.
     
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    You can give him the full million; he'll be broke and homeless again within a year or so.
     
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    Well please do and supply us with the missing information that apparently only you possess.

    And I like how you snuck that least sentence in before I responded........
     
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    Not as easy as you might think. Some counterfeit operations are state run and sophisticated.

    That said I found this quote from the article pure crap: "Ellis’ attorney said the cashier likely wouldn’t have questioned if the money was real if a white man in a suit handed him the same bill."

    Every time I proffer a 10 or 20 the cashier hits it with one of those counterfeit markers. Every damn time.
     
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    Well, they'll be paying out more than a flameboiled whopper....
     
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    Something is missing from this story.

    We are being presented with a story from Yahoo News, that this homeless black guy walks in to a Burger King, orders food and pays for it with money an employee suspects as being counterfeit. In response, nothing else discussed, the cops are called. Upon arrival, we are led to believe the cops immediately arrest him, and he spends the next 3 months in jail.

    Something else had to have taken place, and Yahoo doesn't appear to feel a need to report it.
     
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    This sounds like a 100% government problem.
     
  18. Matt84

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    Um, every news outlet covering this story says the same thing.
     
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    Once again, someone (the lawyer) just has to toss the race card into the mix. Who gives a **** about the white guy in a suit? What about the homeless white guy? Or might it not be quite PC enough to ponder—what about the black guy in a suit? :0

    Seriously, it sounds like a clear winner without making it into a racial component, so why spin one into it?
     
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    Burger King is legally responsible for its employees. If the employee did something that was illegal, in this case, a civil complaint, they are still repsonible.
     
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