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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 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm, to my mentality, I regularly walk around with at least twice that in my wallet. I figure I need enough to get by during an earthquake-disrupted e-banking scenario for the duration, and/or have enough to get to the airport by overpriced taxi at a moment's notice.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
It is a very, very rare day when I'm carrying more than $5. Most days I have about $1 in coins for vending machines. Everything else, where necessary, goes on plastic.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I guess I just can't bring myself to be that dependent on a system that has failed me too often. ;-)

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