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This is a lesson we all can use in life (That is, if we're in possession of counterfeit bills and try to use a phony $50 bill to buy french fries):

Eating the evidence will not help.

The Associated Press says it happened at an amusement park in New York State. And it sounds like Larry Jones could get some time to think about his situation if he's convicted. He also won't have to pull out cash to pay for french fries.

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DARIEN, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 35-year-old man tried to swallow several counterfeit $50 bills after he was caught trying to use the bogus money at a New York amusement park.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to Darien Lake Theme Park and Resort on Sunday night after Larry Jones, of Buffalo, bought french fries with a $50 bill.

Deputies say a park employee spotted the fake and called security. While being taken away, deputies say, Jones stuffed five bills into his mouth and tried unsuccessfully to eat them.

Investigators say Jones told them he had received the bills as pay for a remodeling job.

He was charged with possessing a forged instrument and tampering with evidence and jailed without bail. He's expected in court with a lawyer Sept. 25.