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The Friday question: money

One of the restaurants where I sometimes eat lunch contacted me to say that they had made a mistake and billed my credit card €2260 instead of €22.60 last time I was there with a friend. Apparently they couldn't just reverse it but wanted to refund me in cash. So I dropped in today, picked up the €2k and change, and walked it straight over to my bank, fortunately just around the corner.

I got to thinking, though, about handling large amounts of cash. I once had to bank £7000 in takings from a shop I was managing, which is certainly the most British currency I've ever handled. But in the wild days of my time in Bosnia, I routinely did the Sarajevo-Banja Luka run with more than that in Deutschmarks, probably going up to DM 50,000 occasionally, though I don't remember exactly.

These days, so much is done electronically that it is rare for me to have even a hundred euro on me in cash (muggers please note).

So, what's the most worryingly vast amount of cash you have ever handled?

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bopeepsheep
Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
In my younger days I blithely walked around London with £10K or so in my rucksack, day-in day-out. I worked as a courier for a travel firm that dealt with a) first class flights b) visas and c) other random travel things that cost large fees, for (mostly Arab) clients who liked to pay in cash. I clearly didn't look like someone who might be worth mugging, because I never was...

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