Businessman flushed money down toilet.

Posted: June 13, 2011 in General

IlieWhen police first raised fears of a flood of counterfeit banknotes on to a Scottish island, businesses were quick to react.
Banks tightened up their routine checks, shops invested in ultra-violet scanners, one businessman even tore up notes and flushed them down the toilet. Hmmm, do I smell insurance claims in the air.

Unfortunately after further investigation it was found there was nothing suspect about any of the notes at the centre of the forgery alert.

At one point, several retailers in Stornoway stopped accepting £10 and £20 notes, while the Bank of Scotland also refused notes which they believed to be counterfeit.

Panic started in the town towards the end of May after a pub and an Indian restaurant were said to have been conned by the counterfeiters of many hundreds of pounds in Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, and Bank of England notes. Mind you pubs and restaurants do take money from punters in a dim light, that’s why villains pass off funny money in them.

Comhairle nan Eilian Siar trading standards officers, that’s a name and a half fancy asking directions to there, even issued a press release urging shops and businesses to scrutinise cash from customers, and telling them that ultra-violet light scanners would help detect the security markings on genuine notes. At least the shop selling ultra-violet light scanners made money out of the panic.

Northern Constabulary sent a batch of notes that had been refused by banks to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), the UK-wide body responsible for major crime such as money-laundering. But confirmation arrived at the weekend that all the notes tested were in fact real.

Yer gotta laugh!


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