Cup Foods employee Christopher Martin was questioned in court today about a possible fake $ 20 bill that George Floyd used to purchase cigarettes in the store on May 25, 2020.
Martin said after checking the bill Floyd gave him, he believed it was a fake. At first, Martin said, he thought he would just accept the bill and not confront Floyd with it. Martin testified that the company’s policy was, “If you took a fake invoice, you’d have to pay it out of your money.”
He said that at first he thought he would just take it and put it on its own “tab”. But then Martin decided to speak to his manager about the fake bill. His manager directed him to go to the car Floyd got into and ask for the bill. Martin said he went to Floyd’s vehicle twice.
Prosecutors played a security video from the restaurant across the street in which Martin and another employee went to Floyd’s car and asked him for the bill.
“I told them they had to come back to the store and the bill was fake and my boss wanted to talk to them,” said Martin.
He testified that Floyd “just seemed like he didn’t want this to happen. He was just like, ‘why is this happening?'”
Martin said Floyd would not agree to come back to the store.
He said he went back to the store and told his manager that Floyd was not going to come back to the store. His manager told Martin to go back to the car and try again.
After Martin and a staff member tried a second time, Floyd still did not agree to come into the store to speak to the manager. “George Floyd didn’t choose to come into the store,” he said.
He said after telling his manager a second time that George Floyd would not be returning to the store, someone called the police.
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