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Netlore Archive:  Is the U.S. Treasury recalling the state quarters of Texas, Alabama, West Virginia and other states because they won't fit in parking meters and vending machines?

Description:  Email Joke
Status:  False
Circulating since:  March 2003
Analysis:  See below
 


Email example contributed by A. McNeely, 20 Aug. 2003:

RECALL ON TEXAS QUARTERS

Hold on to your Texas quarters. They may become collector's items.

The United States Treasury has announced they are recalling the new Texas quarters.

"We are recalling all of the new Texas quarters that were recently issued," Treasury Undersecretary Russell Shackelford said in a press conference Monday. "This comes in the wake of numerous reports to this agency that the quarters will not work in parking meters, toll booths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices."

"We believe the problem lies in a design flaw," said Shackelford. The winning design for the Texas quarter was submitted by Texas A&M student William Doutrieux.

"Apparently, the duct tape holding the two dimes and nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices."




Email example contributed by L. Johnson, 4 Nov. 2003:

WASHINGTON, DC -- Hang on to any of the new West Virginia quarters if you have them, they may be worth much more than 25 cents. The US Treasury announced it is recalling all of the West Virginia quarters that are part of its program featuring quarters from each state. The quarters are being issued in the order in which the various states joined the US

"We are recalling all the new West Virginia quarters that were recently issued," Treasury Undersecretary Jack Shackleford said Monday. "This action is being taken after numerous reports that new quarters will not work in parking meters, toll booths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices."

"The problem lies in a design flaw," Shackleford said.

The winning design was submitted by a West Virginia University student. "Apparently," Shackleford said, "the duct tape holding the two dimes and nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices."


Comments:  Evidently, a few folks are taking this ubiquitous email joke seriously because they haven't read through to the punchline:

"Apparently," Shackleford said, "the duct tape holding the two dimes and nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices."

Get it? The [insert name of state here] university student who designed the quarter is an idiot. Nyuk nyuk.

For the benefit of the humor-impaired, no, the U.S Treasury isn't recalling the state quarters of Texas, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, or any other part of the country named in variants of the joke. Nor is there an Under Secretary of the Treasury named Shackelford; if there were, he ought to be fired.


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Sources and further reading:

50 State Quarter Program FAQ
United States Mint

List of U.S. Treasury Officials
U.S. Department of the Treasury


Last updated: 03/01/04


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