Have You Ever Spent a Forged Banknote?
Have you ever tried to pass a forged banknote? I’m not talking about deliberately issuing dud notes all around town, but in all innocence, having been given one without realizing it was fake. It happened to me once.
Years ago, when I worked on the roofs, my workmate and I took a load of slates we had stripped from a roof to a depot, where we would exchange them for cash. Used slates in good condition are worth a lot of money, and new slates are expensive, so many people opt to use recycled ones.
We took the van loaded with these slates to a the depot of local roofing contractor. After unloading the slates, we were given a couple of hundred pounds for very little work. My share in this was a single twenty-pound note.
On the way home, I called in at my local fruit and vegetable store to get some potatoes, and when I handed over the note, the cashier slid it straight back to me. I had no idea the note was counterfeit. According to the cashier, it wasn’t even a good copy, as the colours were wrong, and it didn't feel right to the touch, but I hadn’t inspected it. I felt a proper fool standing there in dirty work clothes, my face covered in black slate dust, and other customers giving me the suspicious once over.
I was well known in that shop, so the cashier accepted my plea that I knew nothing about the note. I rang the roofer, and he came down with a genuine note immediately. He told me that he’d found two other such notes in the bundle he got for the slates, but he was such a fly-by-night character, it wouldn’t have surprised me if he’d been the one to pass it on to me. It was an embarrassing situation, and it was lucky that I was known in the shop, or the cashier might have called the police.
Have you ever been saddled with a dud note?
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