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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?


Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I think I once walked across part of Dublin carrying about £20,000, and have occasionally handled cheques of several millions of pounds, all many years ago, when I worked for a bank.

Someone did once ask me if it would be possible to even physically pick up a million pounds, which of course it would be, quite easily*. Bank notes come from the mint in bundles of a thousand, so for instance a bundle of fifty pound notes would be £50,000, so you'd only have to carry twenty of those, and only ten bundles of tenners.

I just thought I'd mention that!

(Leaving aside the one million pound notes the Bank of England issues, of course...)
Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I thought you were joking, but


says that there are million AND HUNDRED MILLION pound notes. Holy crap.

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