One of those little news stories that somehow seems to sum up everything

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Police are searching for a man who paid for $150 in groceries at a Food Lion grocery store with a $200 bill.

The man walked out of the store with his groceries and $50 in change before the fake bill was discovered Sept. 6.

The bogus bill — the U.S. Mint does not print a $200 bill — bore the image of President George W. Bush on the front and had the White House on the back. It also included signs on the front lawn of the front lawn of the White House with slogans such as “We like broccoli” and “USA deserves a tax cut,” Roanoke Rapids police said.

Instead of being labeled a Federal Reserve note, the fake bill was marked as a “Moral Reserve Note.” The bill bore the signatures of Ronald Reagan, political mentor, and George H.W. Bush, campaign adviser and mentor.


Update: via an alert reader who does more research than the reporters who wrote the story, here’s a source where you can buy $200 George Bush bills. They’re not exactly the same ones as pictured, but they do have the same signs on the White House lawn.