All Herman Houser said all he wanted was change for a $20, but that bill got him into trouble.
Police told the Day of New London that Houser asked the employee to give him two $5 bills and one $10 bill in exchange for the counterfeit $20.
The employee at the Coogan Boulevard restaurant later noticed the bill was smaller and felt different than an authentic $20 and it did not have the required security measures, the Day reports.
Investigators say Houser has a long rap sheet and he's been convicted 10 times in Connecticut since 2001. His latest charges include first-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny to that list.