This is one of those, “seriously?!” kind of stories, so I couldn’t resist sharing it. Apparently, the swanky new Canadian money—which is made of hard-to-counterfeit plastic polymer—is melting in the hot summer sun.
According to a National Post story, a teller in BC’s desert, the Okanagan, testified to seeing bills “stuck together” and another woman claims to have received an $800 reimbursement cheque from a bank in Ontario for her melted bills. For its part, the Bank of Canada is denying the claim and saying its bills can withstand up 140 degree heat.
In other parts of the internet, people are pretty amused by the story, though some (notably banks) are calling it a tall tale. I guess the only way to test would be to put some new bills in the oven or something…any takers? No? Me neither.
One story I came across featured a man who said that his $400 in $100 bills were all melted together on the dashboard of his car when he returned from shopping one day. One the one hand, melted money is crazy no matter what. On the other, leaving $400 in $100 on your car’s dashboard is just stupid. Wouldn’t it be awesome if this was “smart money” and it only melted when its bearer was dumb enough to leave it out?
Another funny aspect of the story is its Canadianness. When I told an American friend about the melting money, he said it was “pretty Canadian to assume it would never be hot enough to melt it.” True that!