BUGS BUNNY MONEY

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BUGS BUNNY MONEY

Post by redfishpaw » Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:02 pm

Anybody remember Bugs Bunny money, or Great America Dollars. SFGA's very own printed currency as shown in photos below. These are still uncut, the money was cut in house before being sold. This was suppose to make people spend more. Once people purchased these, they would obviously want to use them, as they are worthless everywhere else.
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Re: BUGS BUNNY MONEY

Post by RLAiello » Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:00 am

Oh my LORD do I remember these... and how. I worked in Cash Control for six years! :) I counted a LOT of Bugs Bunny Money in my time.

I remember the first year they were even more generic... I'll have to look through my Great America Box and see if I have any samples of that design in there. This design was used up until I left the park in '99. I have no idea if they use it anymore.
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Re: BUGS BUNNY MONEY

Post by segerken » Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:46 pm

redfishpaw wrote:This was suppose to make people spend more.
Actually, the intent of this type of money is to spend more money on something that was worthless. They cost the park a ~penny and if they sell them for $1.00 each, the park makes 99 cents for each one not used. That sure is a nice mark up.

Why would they not be used?

1) Buy them and then forget to spend all of them.
2) Buy a bunch of them for multiple trips to the park and either don't go as many times as planed or forget them when you do.
3) Buy them as a gift for someone who doesn't end up using them.

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Post by redfishpaw » Tue Oct 25, 2005 6:32 am

segerken wrote:
redfishpaw wrote:This was suppose to make people spend more.
Actually, the intent of this type of money is to spend more money on something that was worthless. They cost the park a ~penny and if they sell them for $1.00 each, the park makes 99 cents for each one not used. That sure is a nice mark up.

Why would they not be used?

1) Buy them and then forget to spend all of them.
2) Buy a bunch of them for multiple trips to the park and either don't go as many times as planed or forget them when you do.
3) Buy them as a gift for someone who doesn't end up using them.
All excellent points, I agree with you.

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Post by mulletman13 » Wed Oct 26, 2005 12:17 am

I used to work in the park in 2001 as a Games Attendent. These were only used in park buyouts, the people would present them to us and they were essentially as good as money. Outside of buyouts however I never recieved any of these.

I looove the old "SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA" logo in block letters... mmm such a nice design :)

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Post by CRK » Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:12 pm

They must have scaled back the use of the BB Money then. It was used during any and all operating days in the '90s. In recent years, I haven't heard about it at all, though...
I used to work in the park in 2001 as a Games Attendent. These were only used in park buyouts, the people would present them to us and they were essentially as good as money. Outside of buyouts however I never recieved any of these.

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Post by RLAiello » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:03 pm

It's been a while, but I found the Great America Dollars' original design. I KNEW I still had these somewhere. :)

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Post by redfishpaw » Wed Nov 02, 2005 7:27 am

I remember these earlier bills, but I dont have any. Thanks for posting them.

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Post by kiwigoodkid » Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:47 pm

I got some back in 2004 for the advocate health care buy out day. They gave us 10 of them.
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Post by moelladeville » Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:19 pm

Before Bugs Bunny Money, there were Fun Bucks. I worked in Cash Control for four years from 79 until 83, and these things were a PAIN for me -- literally. I sprained my ankle tripping over one of the many bags of those things in Cash Control.

But Fun Bucks weren't the worst. We all dreaded the pop can audits, where we would have to go to the front gate and count the pop cans (covered in sticky pop, swarming with bees and other vermin) to make sure that the front gate was counting them right! Gross and disgusting.

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Post by redfishpaw » Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:20 pm

moelladeville wrote:Before Bugs Bunny Money, there were Fun Bucks. I worked in Cash Control for four years from 79 until 83, and these things were a PAIN for me -- literally. I sprained my ankle tripping over one of the many bags of those things in Cash Control.


Did you work in CC at the Gurnee park? Day or evening shift?

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Post by RLAiello » Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:35 pm

I worked in Cash Control from 1990 until 1996. I remember talk of "Fun Bucks" being a loathsome and hated thing by a few of the people who had been there for a long time (Cash Control seemed to employ people for many, many years, although they no longer work there now.) Thankfully we never had to count pop cans though... that was done at the front gate (I did have to do it when I worked there from 1988-1989, though!)

The thing we hated most of all was line game pickups. They had these bill stackers that were awful machines and stacked the bill in such a mishmash way that the money came back folded, scrunched, wet, ripped, and otherwise destroyed. And we had to sit and make it all pretty so it could run through the bill counting machine (called "Shiba" because it was manufactured by Toshiba).

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Post by that_guy » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:11 am

lol, Great post

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