High school boys arrested for swindling store clerk with toy money, evades forgery charges due to exceptionally poor quality

On 11/5 around 11:35 AM, two high school boys aged 16 and 15 gave a 10,000 yen ($100) bill to a cigarette store clerk (76) and requested it be broken into smaller bills. The boys were successful, and received 10 1,000 yen bills. “We knew we’d easily get caught if we went to a convenience store, and thought that maybe smaller shops wouldn’t notice” and admitted to the crime.

In most cases, using counterfeit money can result in charges in forgery, but the police noted that “they can’t be considered counterfeit due to their poor reproduction quality,” and instead arrested the boys for fraud.

Most people have thought of copying money as a kid, but high school kids?