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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?

Comments

arwel_p
Feb. 22nd, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. When I was treasurer of the UEA student TV service back in 77-78, we used to raise a lot of our finances from Sunday evening film shows, at 30 or 35p admission. I remember the most I ever banked with the student union next day (after having taken it to my flat in central Norwich on the bus overnight, and back again) was £196 for three showings of Ralph Bakshi's "Fritz the Cat" (look it up on the IMDB!), mostly in 10p pieces...
nmg
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
I know of, but have never seen Fritz the Cat.
arwel_p
Feb. 23rd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
In nearly 2 years of showing movies most weeks, it was the only time we had to put on an unscheduled third performance in order to meet public demand! (And trying to get permission from the university's Estates Office on a Sunday night when you'd only hired the lecture theatre for two showings was an interesting experience...)

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