Man Tries to Pay Applebee's Tab with Trillion Dollar Bill

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | February 24, 2014 | 1:23 PM EST

After Michael Williams' debit card was declined at a Wisconsin Applebee's, he reportedly tried to pay his tab with a trillion dollar bill.

Unfortunately for Williams, the Applebee's staff was skeptical that the currency was real and promptly called police on Williams.

When police got there, they arrested Williams - but not for his effort to pay with the trillion dollar bill.

Shockingly, Williams was wanted on a separate charge of contempt of court for which he was sentenced to probation and $262 in court fees, which will now be far more difficult to pay since if authorities have confiscated his trillion in cash.

Currently, the highest value for a Federal Reserve note is $100 dollars, though there once was a $100,000 Series 1934 Gold Certificate featuring the portrait of President Wilson.

Of course, had Williams' trillion dollar bill been legitimate, it would have provided a significant boost to the U.S economy and could have been used to pay out a large portion of the national debt.  Additionally, it would have more than covered the initial cost of president Obama's 2009 stimulus legislation.

Additionally, as fine an establishment as Applebee's is, economists believe that it is unlikely that Applebee's would have had enough cash on hand to provide Williams with the appropriate change, regardless of how much Applebee's cuisine he consumed that day.