Detroit Firemen Refuse To Be Paid In “Unlucky” $2 Script

Today in Detroit Fire History, April 27, 1933

On April 27, 1933, Detroit Firefighters stood in line at the city’s script headquarters to exchange “unlucky” $2 city script for luckier denominations.  

Due to economic hardships brought on by the depression, Detroit Firefighters and other city employees were paid in city script. The stigma that $2 bills were somehow jinxed had carried over to the $2 script. 

Some firemen flatly refused to be paid in the $2 denominations on the grounds that even if it wasn’t unlucky many people believed it was and would not accept it as payment.  



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