No, I don’t want to take your silly notes

This morning reading the Beeb website I came across this:

‘Legal’ bid over Scots banknotes
An attempt is to be made at Westminster to make it legally binding for shops and businesses in England to accept Scottish banknotes.

Scottish NotesFor those who have never ventured North of the border, may be suprised to find that the Scots don’t just have their own version of our notes, but 3 different versions each issued by different banks.
The reason why shops don’t accept them is that with any currency you need to know that the note is worth the paper it is written on.
I’m pretty good at spotting a forged twenty. The feel, the watermark, the silver foil, the bit that rubs off etc. But I have no idea what a scottish twenty looks like, and the same goes for many staff in shops outside of Scotland.
Forcing shops to accept them will just result in a large number of forged notes being passed around in the smaller shops miles away from the issuing banks.

Luckly this is a Private Members Bill, so hopefully it’s not going to go far in Parliament.

One thought on “No, I don’t want to take your silly notes

  1. Ouch awa wi’ ye blether laddie. Oop here North of the Border we know oor banks have taken a beating but we also “need to know that [ye’re Bank of England note] is worth the paper it is written on” there is debate will all these bails out that this is not the case.

    Give me your Flainian Pobble Beads now!


    On a serious note. I look forward to the days I don’t have to rush around Edinburgh or Belfast looking for a Bank of England cash dispenser before heading off to England. Especially when the first time I forget and hand over my Sterling [that would be a Scottish standard right ;)] gets stared at before I can glared at and asked “Do you have any British Money? We don’t take foreign stuff here?”

    (note: my serious note did intend to remain serious ho hum)

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