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Posted: 25 April 2010 at 15:39 | IP Logged Quote haste ye back

What is it with the ignorant shop assistants of Peterborough???

Are they either too stupid or ignorant (or both?) to know what a Scottish £20 note is??

They scrutinise these notes as if they were from some far off land (it's only 200 miles or so up the road) but I bet they would take a bag of them is if they were offered!!

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Posted: 25 April 2010 at 20:58 | IP Logged Quote Joff

I believe some retailers may have a policy of not accepting Scottish bank notes so the shop assistant (who might not come into contact with Scottish currency from one month to the next) is better off checking than leave the till short of £20 at the end of the day (which would then need to come out of their wages).




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Posted: 27 April 2010 at 12:43 | IP Logged Quote Jenny

Can't remember the last time I saw a Scottish bank note, so I'd look twice at it.

Although banks and the post office accept them with no problems, retailers are not forced to accept them and some do have policies in place not to as Joff said.

In fact I believe retailers can refuse to accept any currency they are unsure of.



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Posted: 27 April 2010 at 14:59 | IP Logged Quote Petemac

Let no one fob you off with 'Scottish notes aren't legal tender in England'.

This is an urban myth and total pigcrap.

Traders may refuse to take them as payment but they can still be banked as part of the normal days' takings. They can't be given out by traders as change.

Just as traders can refuse to take anything as payment.


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Posted: 27 April 2010 at 15:06 | IP Logged Quote Joff

Petemac wrote:
Let no one fob you off with 'Scottish notes aren't legal tender in England'.

This is an urban myth and total pigcrap.


From what I can remember (I could search for it again, but I'm not that bothered), Scottish bank notes AREN'T legal tender as far as the definition goes, but they are accepted methods of payment (assuming the parties involved agree).


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Posted: 27 April 2010 at 15:16 | IP Logged Quote Petemac

Joff wrote:
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Let no one fob you off with 'Scottish notes aren't legal tender in England'.

This is an urban myth and total pigcrap.


From what I can remember (I could search for it again, but I'm not that bothered), Scottish bank notes AREN'T legal tender as far as the definition goes, but they are accepted methods of payment (assuming the parties involved agree).


That's a great  argument.


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What argument? 

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Posted: 27 April 2010 at 16:43 | IP Logged Quote Jenny

Petemac....Scottish notes have a value here and in Scotland, but look up the definition of 'legal tender' and I believe they don't even qualify as legal tender in Scotland!!

As you say they can be banked and retailers can refuse to accept anything as payment.

If you're not the business owner and must rely on your employees knowing and recognising what is genuine, then a policy of when it doubt don't accept it is possibly understandable, especially smaller businesses.



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They're not legal tender as the Bank Of England explain:

"Are Scottish & Northern Irish notes legal tender?
In short ‘No’ these notes are not legal tender; only Bank of England notes are legal tender but only in England and Wales."

If offered one Scottish £20 note or a whole bag of them I'd still look twice. For a start there's three different banks issuing three different designs and it's been bloody years since I've seen any.
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Posted: 28 April 2010 at 08:42 | IP Logged Quote Halfaperson

I come from Scotland and when i'm down here and paying with a Scottish note i always say "sorry, its a Scottish note" and that normally does the trick.

You get the odd Scottish Nationalist (and they are all very odd) ranting about this subject, but i'm quite sure the very same people would query a Bank Of Ulster note



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