History Main / ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt

30th May '17 9:58:10 PM nombretomado
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* Averted at least once in RobertJordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series. After a man who tried to kill Rand is found to have Tar Valon coins one of the Asha'man [[spoiler: who is a traitor himself]] argues that this is evidence that the Aes Sedai planned it. CoolOldGuy Davram Bashere promptly points out that many men in the area, including Davram himself, have more than a bit of Tar Valon currency.

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* Averted at least once in RobertJordan's Creator/RobertJordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series. After a man who tried to kill Rand is found to have Tar Valon coins one of the Asha'man [[spoiler: who is a traitor himself]] argues that this is evidence that the Aes Sedai planned it. CoolOldGuy Davram Bashere promptly points out that many men in the area, including Davram himself, have more than a bit of Tar Valon currency.
6th Mar '17 7:12:21 PM nombretomado
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* [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] was suspected of being a spy when he entered the USSR because he had rubles. But he had simply exchanged his dollars for rubles with another passenger on the train, not knowing that he had to do it through official channels. So in his case ''domestic'' money was proof of guilt.

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* [[MarxBrothers [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] was suspected of being a spy when he entered the USSR because he had rubles. But he had simply exchanged his dollars for rubles with another passenger on the train, not knowing that he had to do it through official channels. So in his case ''domestic'' money was proof of guilt.
23rd Dec '16 8:56:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one {{Blueberry}} story he stops a saboteur who was trying to slow down a railroad company. After arresting him they find gold coins of California Republic. This proves to them that the saboteur was hired by their rival railroad company, who uses those coins to pay their workers.

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* In one {{Blueberry}} ''ComicBook/{{Blueberry}}'' story he stops a saboteur who was trying to slow down a railroad company. After arresting him they find gold coins of California Republic. This proves to them that the saboteur was hired by their rival railroad company, who uses those coins to pay their workers.



* In ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'', Theron is exposed when he is caught with Persian coins. In RealLife, Persian money was made from precious metals but Spartan money was made from iron; metaphor alert! While there's no clear reason that he would carry them with him, it does make sense since he fully expected the Persians to take over and make other currencies worthless.

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* In ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'', ''Film/ThreeHundred'', Theron is exposed when he is caught with Persian coins. In RealLife, Persian money was made from precious metals but Spartan money was made from iron; metaphor alert! While there's no clear reason that he would carry them with him, it does make sense since he fully expected the Persians to take over and make other currencies worthless.
5th Dec '16 12:23:39 PM Xtifr
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* ''Film/TheGirlInGoldBoots'' has Critter introduce himself by asking for change for a hundred, then a fifty. Buzz then tries to rob ''him'', inverting the trope. Later on, we learn that said money is actually Nepalese money. [[spoiler: But this trope is then played straight when it's discovered that Critter was hiding in Nepal and now here to keep from being drafted for the Vietnam War.]]

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* ''Film/TheGirlInGoldBoots'' ''Film/GirlInGoldBoots'' has Critter introduce himself by asking for change for a hundred, then a fifty. Buzz then tries to rob ''him'', inverting the trope. Later on, we learn that said money is actually Nepalese money. [[spoiler: But this trope is then played straight when it's discovered that Critter was hiding in Nepal and now here to keep from being drafted for the Vietnam War.]]
13th Nov '16 12:45:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': When someone hired to kill ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' was caught, his payment clued the heroes to the fact the one who hired the hitman was [[spoiler:Orm]].

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* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': When someone hired to kill ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' was caught, his payment clued the heroes to the fact the one who hired the hitman was [[spoiler:Orm]].
18th Oct '16 5:13:04 PM nombretomado
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* In the Craetor/{{BBC}} series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Franchise/SherlockHolmes suspects a car dealer of having lied about traveling overseas. He sneaks a peak in the man's wallet and sees a Colombian banknote, the final clue he needs to solve the case.

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* In the Craetor/{{BBC}} Creator/{{BBC}} series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Franchise/SherlockHolmes suspects a car dealer of having lied about traveling overseas. He sneaks a peak in the man's wallet and sees a Colombian banknote, the final clue he needs to solve the case.



* When Phoebe was a Salvation Army bell ringer during the holidays on ''{{Friends}}'' she was disillusioned by her customers and was rude back and her corner was taken away. When the new girl came to take over Phoebe said she would give her one piece of advice: to "watch out for that bitch" (a lady who tried to donate a Canadian coin).

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* When Phoebe was a Salvation Army bell ringer during the holidays on ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' she was disillusioned by her customers and was rude back and her corner was taken away. When the new girl came to take over Phoebe said she would give her one piece of advice: to "watch out for that bitch" (a lady who tried to donate a Canadian coin).
11th Jun '16 10:21:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheMasterAndMargarita'' there was a guy who got arrested because the police found foreign currency in his apartment; he had accepted a bribe from {{Satan}}, but in roubles. Woland/Satan then anonymously called the police, who found the currency, now mysteriously American dollars.

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* In ''TheMasterAndMargarita'' ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' there was a guy who got arrested because the police found foreign currency in his apartment; he had accepted a bribe from {{Satan}}, but in roubles. Woland/Satan then anonymously called the police, who found the currency, now mysteriously American dollars.



* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Feast for Crows]]'', Cersei Lannister discovers one of the jailers who was guarding Tyrion had a gold coin minted by House Tyrell, who were trying to marry their daughter to her son. Since Tyrion had just [[spoiler: murdered their father and escaped after being found guilty for killing Cersei's other son, Joffrey]] this made her suspect the Tyrell's had bribed the jailer to free Tyrion, even though Lord Tyrell wanted Tyrion dead since his daughter could have died at his hands. It's implied the jailer [[MasterOfDisguise was actually spymaster Varys]], who presumably left the coin there to encourage Cersei's paranoia about the Tyrells.

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* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Feast for Crows]]'', ''Literature/AFeastForCrows'', Cersei Lannister discovers one of the jailers who was guarding Tyrion had a gold coin minted by House Tyrell, who were trying to marry their daughter to her son. Since Tyrion had just [[spoiler: murdered their father and escaped after being found guilty for killing Cersei's other son, Joffrey]] this made her suspect the Tyrell's had bribed the jailer to free Tyrion, even though Lord Tyrell wanted Tyrion dead since his daughter could have died at his hands. It's implied the jailer [[MasterOfDisguise was actually spymaster Varys]], who presumably left the coin there to encourage Cersei's paranoia about the Tyrells.



* There was a variation in ''{{Journeyman}}'' in which an FBI Agent caught on to the fact that Dan Vassar was a time traveller, part of his case being that Vasser was in possession of money from different eras.

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* There was a variation in ''{{Journeyman}}'' ''Series/{{Journeyman}}'' in which an FBI Agent caught on to the fact that Dan Vassar was a time traveller, part of his case being that Vasser was in possession of money from different eras.
25th Apr '16 8:43:11 PM FordPrefect
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* There is an urban legend of an influencial Soviet man who made a lot of money illegally and converted it to US dollars. However, thanks to his influence, the KGB couldn't even search his house for evidence. He was about to emigrate to the US, and invited many influencial friends to his going-away party, including the American ambassador. After the party, he boarded the plane and left. The KGB search his luggage and find no money. They then search his house and find a large pile of ash. Turns out he had the ambassador witness him burning all his cash and sign an official document that a certain amount of currency was indeed destroyed. All the man had to do was go to the nearest Federal Reserve bank in the States and show them the document to get his money back. (It ''is'' US government practice to replace ''provably'' destroyed currency.)

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* There is an urban legend of an influencial influential Soviet man who made a lot of money illegally and converted it to US dollars. However, thanks to his influence, the KGB couldn't even search his house for evidence. He was about to emigrate to the US, and invited many influencial influential friends to his going-away party, including the American ambassador. After the party, he boarded the plane and left. The KGB search his luggage and find no money. They then search his house and find a large pile of ash. Turns out he had the ambassador witness him burning all his cash and sign an official document that a certain amount of currency was indeed destroyed. All the man had to do was go to the nearest Federal Reserve bank in the States and show them the document to get his money back. (It ''is'' US government practice to replace ''provably'' destroyed currency.)
25th Apr '16 8:42:03 PM FordPrefect
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* This trope collided with PoorCommunicationKills during U.S. Special Forces "Robin Sage" excercise in 2002, a month long war game/ final test for graduating Green Berets where several counties of North Carolina become "The People's Republic of Pineland", complete with police and local government participation. During a traffic stop, a participating Lieutenant and Sergeant attempted to bribe the Sheriff's deputy with "Pineland Don", the official Monopoly-esque currency of the excercise, not realising that the deputy had not been briefed. This led to an escalating series of events culminating in the Lt. getting a [[EyeScream full can of mace to the face]] and a fatal gunshot wound, and the Sgt. taking two non-fatal shots in the back while attempting to run to cover with his blank-firing machine gun.

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* This trope collided with PoorCommunicationKills during U.S. Special Forces "Robin Sage" excercise in 2002, a month long war game/ final test for graduating Green Berets where several counties of North Carolina become "The People's Republic of Pineland", complete with police and local government participation. During a traffic stop, a participating Lieutenant and Sergeant attempted to bribe the Sheriff's deputy with "Pineland Don", the official Monopoly-esque currency of the excercise, exercise, not realising that the deputy had not been briefed. This led to an escalating series of events culminating in the Lt. getting a [[EyeScream full can of mace to the face]] and a fatal gunshot wound, and the Sgt. taking two non-fatal shots in the back while attempting to run to cover with his blank-firing machine gun.
26th Mar '16 9:38:23 AM nombretomado
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* Part of the evidence used to convict former South African {{Cricket}} captain Hansie Cronje of a match-fixing scandal was the fact that he was in possession of foreign money. In South Africa, it is illegal to possess foreign money unless one is travelling to or has recently arrived from a foreign country.

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* Part of the evidence used to convict former South African {{Cricket}} UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} captain Hansie Cronje of a match-fixing scandal was the fact that he was in possession of foreign money. In South Africa, it is illegal to possess foreign money unless one is travelling to or has recently arrived from a foreign country.
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