Banks have been circulating BlueBills since the inception of the project, though many banks are leary of BlueBills before they do the research.
after 2 years and nearly $1400 in BlueBills circulated (that we know
of) and circulation around the nation, we got the first BlueBill rejection we've heard of, and
from a long-time friend! Her arguments would be
interesting enough to others to post here.
It was Aug. of 2014. When offered a free BlueBill and hearing the explanation, she said she was skeptical about the whole
concept, saying that she believed that, a) it makes no
difference what color money is, BlueBills could be used for ill; b) people won't accept them (despite the
100% record so far); c) it won't change anything; and d) that people
would still pass them on regardless of their own disbelief. So we tried
to call her bluff. Standing in front of an ice cream shop, we asked if
she would prove us wrong by buying a cone with our BlueBills,
despite the fact that she didn't believe in them. Unfortunately she
refused the invitation. This seemed the perfect proof of our
argument, but of course it was lost on her.
Well, at least she gets to
go down in history as the first!
Victoria wants the Euro to be bluer than it is.Conversing with Victoria in Portugal who is thinking about doing this idea with Euros, a tougher nut to crack since the Euros are colored for different denominations. Most world currency is actually multi-colored, a trend the US is reluctantly picking up as well. We are discussing possibilities that would work for a local currency but would constitute a sign across borders, since the BlueBills concept is one that citizens around the world can embrace and participate in with equal cause. Some ideas:
- Somehow making each denominational color a "day glow" hue--like those text highlighters.
- Dye only one end of a bill, or a strip along the bottom, or some way of leaving most of the bill unaffected, but carrying the signal.
- Use a shade of blue that responds to a particular currency design to still honor the original color but with added blue. (Has the advantage of "plausible deniability"– something we Americans have learned well from our government in recent years– where if a Blue Biller in a repressive nation were caught they could claim innocence: they "washed their bills in their new blue jeans.")
arret Garrels held up a BlueBill on W
all St. for a photo to send us.
Here you can see him holding one up before the doors of the
New York Stock Exchange moments before the cop (in the background
grabbing his gun) riddled him with bullets for trying to take back the
economy from the Wall St. raiders.
OK, just kidding about the bullets part but the rest is true!