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A Long Goodbye

My current sadness has found bounds.

I am losing a friend for a long time, a definite time, soon. Just how soon, I don't know, I just know the length. Ten months. The owner of the diner that makes my wonderful grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon and always greets me by name out loudly, in a Cheers teleBision show "Norm!" sort of way, is going away to prison.

From the local Borger newspaper:

Shannon Nicole Washer, 36, Borger, went before U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson on January 24, 2012.

Walker was owner of Shannon's Restaurant in Borger. According to documents, Washer passed $440 in counterfeit currency at Buttons, Bows, and Balloons in Panhandle on August 9, 2011. Then, on August 12, 2011, she passed $180 in counterfeit currency at Allsups in Dumas. Also, she attempted to pass a $100 counterfeit note at the Valero South and Pak-a-Sak in Dumas. On the same day,Aug. 12 ,she attempted to make a $151 purchase at Hobby Lobby in Amarillo using counterfeit notes. The investigation revealed that she had also passed a counterfeit note at a Sonic in Amarillo. When taken into custody, she was carrying extra counterfeit notes and a search of her vehicle revealed more counterfeit notes and some sheets of paper that appeared to have counterfeit notes cut from them. She was also in possession of several $20 bills and two $1 bills. As officers looked at the denomination of the bills, it was determined that the $20s all had the same serial number and the $1 bills had the same serial number. Police reports state, there were 23 counterfeit $100s, 13 counterfeit $20s, and 13 counterfeit $10s all in total at that time. Washer was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison after she plead guilty in October 2011 to one count of dealing in counterfeit currency. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris L. Drake, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Amarillo, was in charge of the prosecution.

Update: 2012.02.05 - I don't know why Shannon isn't in prison yet, but a few days ago she brought my food to the table at the diner. I told her, "It's nice that while Shannon is in prison she has been replaced with an eXact duplicate, but I'm not sure if she is a human or a robot." She just smiled and giggled. Later I indicated that I didn't need more coffee when she came to the table with the pot, because I was fixing to leave. She just ignored me and kept right on filling up my cup. This time she responded with, "I know what you really need."


Aysh said...

I wonder what possessed her to do that? I'm sure you'll find another place to munch in!

Pearl said...


What we'll do for a little extra cash. Ouch.


esbboston said...

I'm pretty sure her restaurant is going to stay open, it has been open along time in her family. I have only started going there on a regular basis for the last eight months, although I had been there a few times after work a long tim ago when it ran under her mother's name, but essentially the same place. But I didn't know either of them back then, so this has been very difficult. I eat there quite often. But rumors have it that she's not the real counterfeiter in the situation, probably not the manufacturer. Well, I'm hungry, time to go eat my favorite sandwich!

DWei said...

That's really too bad. :(

I hope she gets out earlier than that.

Marianne said...

Wow. People never cease to surprise.

fmcgmccllc said...

Do you have one of those gold pens to check your change?

esbboston said...

fmcgmccllc: my wife has those pens. I check large bills by checking the security stripe and turning the bill 90 degrees to see if the color of the numbers change.

Julie Hutchinson said...

There's not a lot of money in grilled chicken sandwiches.

esbboston said...

Julie: That is why I tip generously.

Mia said...

Did you let the police know that she got most of that money from you?

esbboston said...

Mia: I thought I sent you a large enough share of our proceeds so that you wouldn't say anything!

esbboston said...

Mia: I gave you a silly answer, but that is just the silly funny guy in me who wishes it would all just go away. In reality overall this news has been rather devastating to me. She hasn't gone to prison just yet and I don't know when will be our last grilled chicken sandwich (together) for a long time. She will be in a prison all the way across the state from me. She is almost young enough to be my daughter, and has children of her own and lots of people who care for her.

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