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PostSubject: You need clean money, not dirty!   Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:38 am

Every time I travel abroad I now make certain I have 'clean notes' on me, the sort of 'last resort emergency fund' that I fold and keep stuffed into my zipped leather belt - you know the type, the one that looks 100% like a normal 'hold up your trousers type belt.

Let me explain. You know on Britsh banknotes there is a white roundel where idiots who can't count jot down what total they have reached? Well I found myself in a remote town in Malaysia, more like a village, where amazingly they had a bank but very little else.

Hungry and thirsty I tried to change two notes - a £10 and a £5. They didn't want to know. Why? Because one had 175 scrawled on it in red ink and the other 37 in black (okay I'm guessing what numbers but you get the idea).

They wouldn't budge, despite me trying to explain the white roundel was designed specifically so bank staff could write totals in. A pathetic explanation I know, but really could think of any other excuse. I thought I may be able to swing it as they spoke fluent English, but they obviously weren't stupid. So, without any Malaysian Ringgits to my name I just had to go hungry and thirsty for the day, all because I couldn't exchange the Queen's currency. mad

You have been warned!

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PostSubject: Re: You need clean money, not dirty!   Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:25 pm

Interesting - I have never even considered that!

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PostSubject: Re: You need clean money, not dirty!   Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:56 pm

Oh, a information important. Thank for you share.

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PostSubject: Re: You need clean money, not dirty!   Sun May 20, 2012 4:25 am

It works the other way too - try and get the cleanest non ripped local notes when ever anyone gives you change, its common practice to dump mucky ripped notes that the locals would not accept on visitors. Had this issue in India when a tuk tuk driver wouldn't accept my money. Don't think he understood as I told him to take it or leave it but its all I had as I climbed out of his vehicle, so if someone gives you ripped notes hand them back and get them changed.

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PostSubject: Re: You need clean money, not dirty!   Sun May 20, 2012 10:36 am

Ripped ... in one piece ... I just wish somebody would give me some notes!!!

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PostSubject: Re: You need clean money, not dirty!   Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:07 pm

I'd just like some money! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: You need clean money, not dirty!   Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:26 pm

Hi,
Whenever we travel any country or any city we know so many new things. this post is one of them! cuddles
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