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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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bibliophile1887
Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
When I would have to open the bookstore in the mornings, I would frequently have to take the deposit of the day before to the bank. Usually it was just $4,000 or so, but I did have a few that were topping $10k. Granted this was in my car and across town. Which just made me wary of having an accident.
marnanel
Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
The closer would leave $10k in the shop overnight unattended? That sounds kind of risky (not that I know anything about the bookstore's arrangements).
bibliophile1887
Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
It was left in the locked safe, but since the nearest bank the company did business with was across town and the closer frequently didn't leave the store until after 9:30, it was determined to leave the deposit in the store. Otherwise, the closer would have to lock up, drive across town, do the night deposit thing, drive back to the store, unlock it, clock out, lock the store back up and go home.

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