I've read that legal tender laws require a debt collector to accept any legal tender for the debt. Does the law also obligate the debt collector to return any change owed?
So suppose I walk into a sit-down restaurant, order a $2 soda, drink it, and then ask for my check. I'm now in debt for $2 to the restaurant. Suppose I somehow had managed to acquire a rare $10,000 note (which is technically still legal tender), and were to present it as payment for my bill (obviously not the smart choice, as the note is undoubtedly worth more than face value to collectors!). If I'm not mistaken, the restaurant is legally obligated to accept my note as payment...are they also legally obligated to provide me with $9,998 in change?