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More homophobic custys spreading hatred.
The sever who received this awful note is Dayna Morales, a former Marine!
Here's what she said on facebook to all the comments supporting her:
"It took very fiber of my being not to spit in their food and say something. (Not gonna lie if kids weren't there it would of been a totally different story)"
She originally posted the pick on on Facebook's Have A Gay Day:
The note says "sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life"
NEVER in a million years did I think this would happen. Not only was it a family with two kids, but as I introduce myself and tell them my name is Dayna - the mom proceeds to look at me and say "oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!"
I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free. Sorry lady but I don't agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you're raising your kids but you didn't see me throwing that in your face and giving you shitty service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.
Here's the report from Gay Star News:
Could this family be the worst tippers ever?
A gay former marine, currently working as a waitress at an Asian restaurant in Bridgewater, New Jersey, has spoken out about the alleged horrific treatment she received from a couple with two young children.
Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro, introduced herself to the family.
Shocked by her short hair, the mother allegedly said ‘Oh, I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan! You sure surprised us!’
But it got worse when, after the family had paid for their meal, Morales discovered they had allegedly left a note on the check.
‘Sorry, I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life.’
‘NEVER in a million years did I think this would happen,’ Morales said, in an email to Have A Gay Day.
‘I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free.
‘Sorry lady but I don't agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you're raising your kids but you didn't see me throwing that in your face and giving you shitty service.
‘Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.’
After the LGBT Facebook group posted it on the page, it received hundreds of supportive comments.
‘Thanks everyone for your support,’ Morales said.
‘It took every fiber of my being not to spit in their food and say something.
‘(Not gonna lie if kids weren't there it would of been a totally different story)’
‘We cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD,’ the note said.
‘Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours.
‘We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly.’
Posted to Reddit by the server who titled the pic "18 reasons I want to quit my job."
Crooks who steal credit and debit card numbers have found a devious new way to snag this information. They’re using a small and relatively cheap piece of off-the-shelf technology to compromise computerized store cash registers.
We know about this because a band of brazen thieves was caught on security cameras installing these high-tech skimmers on cash registers at the Nordstrom store in Aventura, Fla., two weeks ago.
The skimmers are built into standard PS/2 cable connectors that plug into the back of a computer where customers can’t see them. They’re only about an inch long — and look so innocuous that even if employees saw them they might not suspect anything.
“It’s a little piece of plastic, usually purple, that fits into the port where your keyboard connects to your computer,” explained security analyst Brian Krebs, who first reported this story on his KrebsOnSecurity blog. “It intercepts any data that is sent on that communication channel, whether it’s keystrokes or somebody swiping a card through a terminal.”
PS/2 Keystroke loggers have been available for years. They sell for as little as $40 and are marketed as “professional surveillance products.” Krebs said this is the first time he’s ever heard of them being used to skim card information from a retailer.
Nordstrom confirmed that it had found and removed “unauthorized devices on a small number of cash registers” at their Aventura store.
“We take this situation seriously and have been working closely with law enforcement and forensics experts to investigate this and understand any impact on our customers,” Nordstrom spokesperson Tara Darrow said in a statement to NBC News. Darrow said they believe this was an isolated incident at this one store in Florida.
But Brian Krebs was able to obtain a copy of an information sheet prepared by the Department’s Crime/Intel Analysis Unit. It says Nordstrom located a total of six skimming devices attached to their registers.
The alert outlined what was seen on the Nordstrom surveillance footage. The thieves, all men, worked in teams of three. Two men distracted the sales staff while a third took pictures of the register, then removed its rear access panel and took additional photos.
Several hours later, three different men entered the store. Again, two of them distracted the sales staff while the third removed the register’s back panel and installed the skimmer. The police memo described the device:
It captures all track data from credit card transactions and stores it on the device, similar to a USB drive. The connector was made to match the connections on the back of the register to include color match. Therefore, no one would have detected it unless there was a problem with the register.
It’s unlikely customer card information was compromised in this case because the devices were discovered before the crooks could retrieve them and download the information they had recorded. But for as little as $135 they could have purchased keystroke loggers capable of sending the stolen information over a local wireless network.
Victor Searcy, director of the Fraud Resolution Center at IDentity Theft 911 said he wasn’t surprised the bad guys have found “yet another nefarious method” for stealing personal information from consumers.
“This scheme, involving smaller, harder-to-detect skimming devices, puts the onus on businesses to heighten their security efforts,” Searcy said.
Many retailers have card readers that connect to cash registers via PS/2 connections. These are now vulnerable to this sort of skimming attack and need to be secured.
We all need to be aware of the potential for this sort of identity theft. It can happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself. So you need to remain vigilant.
That’s why it’s so important to continually review all the transactions on your credit card and bank account statements. If you spot charges that aren’t yours, report them right away. And if you’re at a store and see someone tampering with a register, say something to a store employee.
Three weeks ago, 19 year old Red Lobster waitress Toni Christina Jenkins was working a regular shift in Nashville, Tennessee. Christina (as she prefers to be called) got a receipt with the words “None N*gger” in lieu of a tip. Then Red Lobster suspended her with pay for posting said receipt online in violation of company policy. Both stories brought forth a torrent of outrage on Christina’s behalf and rightly so. Red Lobster, wisely, dropped the issue. Partly because it would have been a public relations nightmare but also because their employee had been cruelly insulted so why bust her chops over it?
We here at Addicting Info see far too much of this kind of mindless hate and our bossman, Matthew Hanson, thought it might be nice to see if we could get Christina the tip she was denied while sending a big “Screw You!” to the kind of lowlifes that find this sort racist slur funny. In the first 12 hours, we hit our goal and raised $1,000. So we upped the goal to $5,000, and raised that in another 12 hours. We decided to raise it, one last time, to $10,000 and we hit that within 72 hours, even though the fundraiser had been scheduled to last 30 days. We could have kept going but we were concerned that Christina would get slammed with a huge tax bill (among other assorted problems) so we stopped at $10,719 dollars. Christina had no idea this was being done and when she was notified her reaction was:
I almost choked…I was like “wait that’s for me? Like to have?” Lol. I was stunned. But most of all I was touched. I had shed a lot of tears from the criticism and hate I was getting and it was a breath of fresh air to know that people were supporting me and actually cared enough to give to me when they didn’t even know me.
In an email exchange Christina said the results of the fundraiser didn’t make the racist slur any less hurtful but “What it did do was change my perspective on most people. Before I assumed most people wouldn’t care or think this was a big deal because it happens everyday all over the world. I just figured this would be another instance of racism and nothing would come of it, however the love and support I have received from strangers has shown me that most people do truly care about others and are just seeking an opportunity to give into someone else’s situation or current circumstance. It showed me the true unity that can exist when people come together.”
Oh my gosh yes!!!! Like I had released before when I took the picture initially I didn’t post it, I just wanted to show my parents. Well when I did my mom told me “you need to do something about this, don’t just sit back”….being 19 I was like “ok…”. Didn’t really know what to do so I put it in Facebook for my friends to see. I thought I’d get a few likes and some comments, and that was it. I had no clue the next morning it was going to be viral or the top ten searched on Google. I was like what?! My phone wouldn’t stop ringing, my dad had been contacted in California where he lives, my grandparents were contacted I was like “what the heck is happening”. Didn’t expect anything from it. Totally surprised.
Christina is a deeply religious woman and while she plans to use the bulk of the money to buy a car to travel to work, school and the community service programs she belongs to, she also plans to pay it forward. “I have a list of people I want to bless too,” She said, “because I truly believe I am blessed to bless others and there is always more given unto those who give.”
Clearly, Christina has a sense of pride and dignity lacking in the person that wrote the racist slur in the first place as well as in her detractors.
There’s a vocal minority that insist the whole thing was a hoax. I’ll let Christina answer her critics:
…to the people who believe it to be a hoax: you don’t know me, and you don’t know how I was raised. I could never do something so hateful or hurtful and preposterous. You can believe what you want but when it comes down to it, you are entitled to your opinion and there’s nothing I can do about that. God bless you.
She took a softer tone with Devin Barnes, the young man whose name is on the receipt. He denies that he wrote the racist slur but, regardless, Christina still had kind words for him:
To Devin Barnes: first I want to say sorry for any hate you received or any scrutiny that you endured. My intentions where never to have you attacked or looked down upon. Some of the comments I received from my supporters regarding you were so hurtful so I can only imagine the ones you had to deal with. I hope you can understand that my heart is genuine in my apology and that God touches your heart to accept my apology. When I posted that picture my intentions where to get a few likes and a few comments (50-100 comments is what I expected). That was all. And I posted it in audacity of the situation and to show that racism was still out there, not because I was angry, hurt, wanted revenge, or wanted any disdain towards you. In complete honesty I had NO CLUE your name was printed on the receipt. I knew your signature was on it but I couldn’t read it so I didn’t pay attention to it. When a friend pointed out that your name was clearly printed on there I immediately regretted putting the picture up there. Still at that moment I didn’t think anything would come of the situation because racism happens everyday and i was just another victim..I didn’t take it personal or anything. I want you to know being the person I am I hold no grudge. If I ever saw you in public I would most definitely notice you and if you wouldn’t be completely freaked out by it, I would hug you. I know we both went through a rough patch in dealing with the whole situation so I have sympathy for you. As a Christian, my God calls me to love people and that’s what I do. The night I received that receipt I wasn’t angry, I didn’t hate you, and I still don’t. I wish you the best of blessings in your future and I want to thank you for the impact you’ve had on my life. Through this experience I have learned that no matter the situation no matter the circumstance, unity and love is what matters and it will conquer all.
Christian Toni Jenkins is a far nicer person than I am.
She had once last thing to say to the thousands of complete strangers that leapt at the chance to show the bigots of the world that compassion and tolerance are stronger than their hate:
Words can’t explain how grateful I am. And I know that God will greatly bless you for blessing me. I appreciate all the kind words and know that the money will be used wisely. I never would’ve imagined being blessed by strangers on such a colossal level. You all are saints and I love you from the bottom of my heart.
So say we all.
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.
But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans—and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
The human supermarket checker is superior to the self-checkout machine in almost every way. The human is faster. The human has a more pleasing, less buggy interface. The human doesn't expect me to remember or look up codes for produce, she bags my groceries, and unlike the machine, she isn't on hair-trigger alert for any sign that I might be trying to steal toilet paper. Best of all, the human does all the work while I'm allowed to stand there and stupidly stare at my phone, which is my natural state of being.
There is only one problem with human checkers: They're in short supply. At my neighborhood big-box suburban supermarket, the lines for human checkers are often three or four deep, while the self-checkout queue is usually sparse. Customers who are new to self-checkout might take their short lines to mean that the machines are more efficient than the humans, but that would be a gross misunderstanding.
As far as I can tell, the self-checkout lines are short only because the machines aren't very good.
They work well enough in a pinch—when you want to check out just a handful of items, when you don't have much produce, when you aren't loaded down with coupons. But for any standard order, they're a big pain. Perversely, then, self-checkout machines' shortcomings are their best feature: because they're useless for most orders, their lines are shorter, making the machines seem faster than humans.
In most instances where I'm presented with a machine instead of a human, I rejoice. I prefer an ATM to a flesh-and-blood banker, and I find airport check-in machines more efficient than the unsmiling guy at the desk. But both these tasks—along with more routine computerized skills like robotic assembly lines—share a common feature: They're very narrow, specific, repeatable problems, ones that require little physical labor and not much cognitive flexibility.
Supermarket checkout—a low-wage job that doesn't require much training—sounds like it should be similarly vulnerable to robotic invasion. But it turns out that checking out groceries requires just enough mental-processing skills to be a prohibitive challenge for computers. In that way, supermarket checkout represents a class of jobs that computers can't yet match because, for now, they're just not very good substituting key human abilities.
What's so cognitively demanding about supermarket checkout? I spoke to several former checkout people, and they all pointed to the same skill: Identifying fruits and vegetables. Some supermarket produce is tagged with small stickers carrying product-lookup codes, but a lot of stuff isn't. It's the human checker's job to tell the difference between green leaf lettuce and green bell peppers, and then to remember the proper code.
"It took me about three or four weeks to get to the point where I wouldn't have to look up most items that came by," said Sam Orme, a 30-year-old grad student who worked as a checker when he was a teenager.
Another one-time checker, Ken Haskell, explained that even after months of doing the job, he would often get stumped. "Every once in a while I'd get a papaya or a mango and I'd have to reach for the book," he said.
In a recent research paper called "Dancing With Robots," the economists Frank Levy and Richard Murnane point out that computers replace human workers only when machines meet two key conditions. First, the information necessary to carry out the task must be put in a form that computers can understand, and second, the job must be routine enough that it can be expressed in a series of rules.
Supermarket checkout machines meet the second of these conditions, but they fail on the first. They lack proper information to do the job a human would do. To put it another way: They can't tell shiitakes from Shinola. Instead of identifying your produce, the machine asks you, the customer, to type in a code for every leafy green in your cart. Many times you'll have to look up the code in an on-screen directory. If a human checker asked you to remind him what that bunch of the oblong yellow fruit in your basket was, you'd ask to see his boss.
This deficiency extends far beyond the checkout lane.
"In the '60s people assumed you'd be reading X-rays and CT scans by computers within years," Mr. Levy said. "But it's nowhere near anything like that. You have certain computerized enhancements for simple images, but nothing like a real CT scan can be read by a computer—and the same thing would be true trying to separate arugula from everything else."
You could imagine certain ways to make the identification process easier for supermarket computers. For example, we could tag every produce item with an electronic identification tag. But that would be an enormous infrastructural challenge for a dubious return.
A representative for NCR, the world's largest self-checkout vendor, pointed me to a company-sponsored survey that shows that customers believe self-checkout systems are faster than cashier lanes. But I doubt those perceptions. When you actually watch self-checkout lanes matched up against cashiers, the cashiers come out significantly faster—read this Ph.D. thesis for proof, or go to your local store and marvel at how speedy the humans are.
Can computers beat them? Perhaps one day, but I doubt it will be soon. And that gets to the other issue: Unless the store gives me an explicit price break for scanning my stuff, why, exactly, should I be rejoicing about doing more work?
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We are a couple of weeks away from getting our newly designed $100 bills, and when they arrive on October 8, some will actually be worth $1,000 ... or more. No, the government isn't slipping in an extra zero. But it is including, as always, an eight-digit serial number. And as the Boston Globe explains, currency collectors will pay big if the numbers are "fancy." That's the collectors' term, not the Globe's, for serial numbers that fall in a number of categories: there are "low" (00000001 through 00000100), "ladders" (43210987), "radar' (43788734), "solids" (33333333), and "repeaters" (82118211). Then there are random ones: 31415927 (pi) or 07041776 (read that as 07/04/1776).
The low number ones are among the most valuable, with new $100 bills with 00000001 expected to sell for as much as $15,000. (Before the serial number you'll see one or two letters; these indicate which Federal Reserve bank issued it. As such, there can be more than one bill in any denomination with the same serial number in a given year.) So how do you get your hands on one? It helps if you have friends in high and very secure places. Bank employees, especially vault workers, are typically able to swap out a normal bill for a fancy one, says the director of currency of a Dallas auction house, and since bricks of money are marked with the serial number range, they can spot the bills fairly easily. But no one is going to become an instant millionaire: Bills in the 00000001 to 00000100 range are specifically split up. Still, feel free to pull out your wallet and take a look: Philly.com notes that CoolSerialNumbers is looking to buy these bills.
Both Butler and his friend are straight and say such prejudice is 'as unacceptable as racism' Judson's Bar, in Pocklington,
North Yorkshire has apologised and waitress who wrote the note has been 'disciplined'
From Daily Mail: A bar has been forced to apologise to two customers who were given a receipt describing them as 'gay guys on stools.'
Al Butler and his friend, both aged 26, were left fuming when they were handed the bill at the end of their lunch.
A waitress had written 'Gay guys...stools' on it to show fellow staff where the pair were sitting when they delivered their food.
He complained after spotting the line on the receipt at Judson's Bar, in Pocklington, North Yorkshire which was used as a guide to indicate to staff where customers were sitting.
Mr Butler has been left angered by the treatment he received calling it as 'unacceptable as racism.'
He said: 'My friend spotted it first and said "I think the manager's misconstrued our lunch"
'I obviously thought it was inappropriate. It took a while for it sink in. It was not insulting, it was just a shock.
'I was surprised. I would not expect it anywhere else. It's as equally unacceptable as racism.
'It's not a bad thing to be called gay - although I'm not and neither is my friend - but I think it's prejudiced. It's jumping to a conclusion without the need to do so.'
Mr Butler, who was visiting his home town from Derby, where he works as an aerospace engineer, claimed when he had complained in person at the bar he had not received an apology.
Instead the barman simply told him: 'Sorry, there's nothing I can do.'
He then sought out owner Mr. Ward and complained to him and Judson's Bar now says it has 'apologised unreservedly' and said the member of staff involved, who had been working at the bar for a few days, has been disciplined.
Bar owner Peter Ward said: 'We have apologised unreservedly. While it was completely wrong, I don't feel it was prejudiced.
'It was completely unprofessional and it is not what our business is about.
'We understand why the two gentlemen concerned were offended and we have apologised to them unreservedly.
'We have also disciplined the waitress concerned and put in place a procedure so it will not happen again. I would add that everyone is welcome at Judson's.'
But equality campaigners have still criticised the behaviour as 'inappropriate.'
James Lawrence, of the sexual equality charity Stonewall, said better staff training was needed in order to prevent behaviour like this in the first place.
He said: 'Incidents like this highlight the importance of staff training. Identifying customers by their perceived sexual orientation is unnecessary and could cause offence.
'It's right that the bar should apologise to the customers for this inappropriate behaviour.'
A spokesperson from the York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum said: 'Clearly this is an unacceptable and wrong stereotype made by a member of staff at the bar, but it is also a mistake which could cause great offence and upset to anyone involved, regardless of their sexuality.
'We would welcome any business to contact us should they feel their staff require training on issues of equality, where we would be more than happy to assist.'
Huff Po: A waitress at a Red Lobster in Franklin, Tenn., was reportedly left a racist message on a receipt over the weekend, according to multiple reports. In the tip section, instead of leaving a gratuity, the customer apparently wrote, "None n**ger."
Red Lobster waitress Tori Christina Jenkins, who is black, allegedly received the shameful message on Saturday. Her father posted a screenshot of the message to Facebook Sunday night, saying he hopes it will make people more aware "[t]hat we still have much ignorance to overcome."
Red Lobster spokesman Mike Bernstein told The Huffington Post in an email that the company is "extremely disturbed" by the situation and is currently investigating to determine exactly what happened.
"We take this extremely seriously," he wrote. "This kind of language is completely disgusting and has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else, and we are committed to getting to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible."
Bernstein also debunked the Daily Mail's report that Jenkins had been suspended, saying she has not lost a single day of work so far and is still scheduled to work this week as usual.
Jenkins had posted a photo of the offensive receipt on Saturday, but she has since pulled it down, perhaps owing to commenters and the media questioning whether the receipt is real. Her father's post remained up as of Monday afternoon.
Jenkins has worked at Red Lobster in Franklin since December 2012, according to her Facebook page.
From Mental Floss: Crack open your wallet, pull out everyone's favorite portrait of George Washington, and be prepared to learn about some odd symbolism that probably seemed perfectly normal in the 18th century. Here are the explanations behind some of the more baffling parts of our nation's smallest bills.
What's that weird pyramid drawing on the reverse of the bill?
The two circular drawings on the reverse of the bill are actually parts of the two-sided Great Seal of the United States. Although we don't see the entire seal outside of our wallets too often, the notion of having a great seal is actually as old as the country itself. The Continental Congress passed a resolution on July 4, 1776, to create a committee to design a great seal for the fledgling nation, and heavy hitters John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson got the first crack at creating the seal.
Congress wasn't so keen on the design these big names brought back, though, and it took nearly six years and several drafts to finally find a suitable seal. Congress finally approved of a design on June 20, 1782.
What's the story behind the Great Seal of the United States?
According to the State Department, which has been the official trustee of the seal since 1789, both the obverse (front) and reverse (back) of the seal are rich with symbolism. The obverse picturing the eagle is a bit easier to explain. The bird holds 13 arrows to show the nation's strength in war, but it also grasps an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 olives that symbolize the importance of peace. (The recurring number 13, which also appears in the stripes on the eagle's shield and the constellation of stars over its head, is a nod to the original 13 states.) The shield floats unsupported over the eagle as a reminder that Americans should rely on their own virtue and strength.
The symbolism of the pyramid on the seal's reverse is trickier. The pyramid has 13 steps—the designers apparently never got tired of the 13 motif—and the Roman numeral for 1776 is emblazoned across the bottom. The all-seeing Eye of Providence at the top of the pyramid symbolizes the divine help the early Americans needed in establishing the new country. The pyramid itself symbolizes strength and durability.
The divine overtones don't stop with the unblinking eye, though. The Latin motto Annuit Ceptis appears over the pyramid; it translates into "He [God] has favored our undertaking." The scroll underneath the pyramid reads Novus Ordo Seclorum, or "A new order of the ages," which was meant to signify the dawn of the new American era.
How did the seal end up on our dollar bill?
We can thank former Secretary of State Cordell Hull's busy schedule for that one. Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace had to wait for a meeting with Hull in 1934 and decided to kill time by thumbing through a State Department pamphlet on the Great Seal. The pamphlet contained an illustration of the reverse side of the seal with the pyramid, and Wallace was quite taken with the drawing. He took the seal to President Franklin Roosevelt and suggested the country mint a coin using the two sides of the seal.
FDR liked the seal, too. (Roosevelt and Wallace were both Masons and loved the all-seeing eye part of the reverse design, which echoed the concept of the Great Architect of the Universe.) He thought the seal should be on the reverse of the dollar bill rather than a coin, but he was worried the mystical imagery would offend Catholics. After Postmaster General James Farley assured FDR he didn't think his fellow Catholics would have any problem with the design, Roosevelt approved a new dollar bill design that first appeared in 1935.
Did the Founding Fathers swipe any ideas from a magazine?
Possibly. The familiar E Pluribus Unum motto that the eagle holds in its beak underscores the union and togetherness of the 13 colonies. It might also underscore early Americans' love of periodicals.
According to the State Department, recent historical research has indicated that this Latin motto may have been borrowed from Gentlemen's Magazine, a London publication that ran from 1732 to 1922.
The magazine was popular in the colonies, and its title page always carried the E Pluribus Unum motto.
Why don't the dates on the front of the bills change that often?
At the lower right of the portrait on the bill's obverse you'll see the word "Series" and a year. You might notice that these don't change each year the way the numbers on minted coins do. Why not?
According to the Treasury, the series date only changes when there's a new design for a bill, a new Treasurer of the United States, or a new Secretary of the Treasury. (These are the two officials whose signatures appear on either side of the portrait.) The series year itself changes when the Secretary of the Treasury changes, while a change in the Treasurer of the United States means that the series year remains the same, but a suffix letter gets tacked onto the end of the year.
What are the various other numbers on the obverse of the bill?
The bill's serial number is the most prominently displayed set of digits on the dollar, but they're not alone. If you take out a dollar, you'll notice there are four large numbers in the corners of the bill's open space. Like the encircled letter to the left ofWashington's portrait, these numbers tell which Federal Reserve Bank issued the note. (Each Fed's number corresponds the letter of the alphabet assigned to the bank, with A=1, B=2, and so on.)
The tiny letters and numbers that appear on the top left and bottom right of the bill's obverse indicate the position of the note on the Treasury's printing plates. If your dollar bill has a tiny "FW" before this code, those letters indicate that it was printed at the Treasury's facility in Fort Worth, Texas, rather than in Washington, D.C.
This story originally appeared in 2009.
From Tech Hive: You’ve never seen a PayPal like this before: Slide a “Check in” button to pay, walk into a store, and say “I paid with PayPal” then walk right out with your purchases. Or how about this: You’re finishing dessert at a restaurant and notice how backed up your server is, so you simply pay your bill at the table right from your PayPal app—including the tip. Or you find a truly stellar green velvet couch on Craigslist, but you’re coming up a little short, so you just use the Bill Me Later flexible credit line feature in your brand-spankin-new PayPal app. Are you getting the picture yet?
On Wednesday, the prodigious mobile payment company released a complete overhaul of its mobile app, with a redesigned user interface and upgraded features. The service's staple features, such as paying friends, purchasing online goods, and scanning a check, remain solid. And you can still, of course, manage your PayPal account and view activity. But now, you can also do a great deal more.
Upon opening the new PayPal app, you’ll see a list of nearby restaurants, stores, and businesses that accept PayPal as payment. PayPal has worked extensively with merchants to integrate the new PayPal (and its various features) into the stores’ point-of-sale systems, and the company's effort really shows—paying for an item at any of these locations is literally as easy as sliding the “Check In” bar on the PayPal app, then walking in, saying you paid with PayPal, and walking out with your Jamba Juice, or Starbucks, or what have you. The POS system shows your name and photo, and the clerk simply clicks your photo to process the payment.
You'll also notice tiny green tags in the list of affiliates, to indicate coupons—which can, of course, be automatically redeemed to your PayPal Wallet. Another new feature, the PayPal Wallet replaces your account and shows your PayPal balance and any bank accounts, credit, or debit cards you have linked to your PayPal account. Because you can do that now too, and you can switch between methods of payment with a few taps, which is hugely convenient. And—and! If you don’t have a credit card, maybe consider checking out the new Bill Me Later feature which offers up to $2,000 worth of PayPal credit. (Awesome green Craigslist couch, here you come.)
What else? Well, you can indeed pay a restaurant bill directly from your table using the app, which also makes it easy to review your bill, tip, and alert your server. There’s even an option to order ahead, saving you time from waiting in line to order and pay—you can view menus from directly within the app thanks to a partnership with Eat24. The new app is available for iOS and Android users, and anyone who wants to make it even easier to buy shoes.