The Scary Reason You Should Never Pick Up A Dollar Bill Off The Ground

December 14, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Everybody knows that money is dirty. We’re taught from a young age to wash our hands after handling it. Think of all the people that have touched–or even worse!–those coins and bills over their long lifetimes (a dollar bill is in circulation for about 5.8 years!). Just thinking about it makes me want to use Purell.

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What if I told you that it’s *even worse* than you think? Don’t read this if you’re eating lunch, BUT there is a really sick prank that kids across the country are doing that will make you never want to pick up a stray bill *ever again*. If you can believe it, people are actually putting feces on dollar bills, leaving them on the ground to be found, and then filming as innocent bystander’s pick them up. It takes some people a few minutes to realize that the bill they’ve picked up is actually tainted. So gross! It’s not a new prank, but you should definitely be wary of any “free” money you come across. Just leave it on the sidewalk next time!

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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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