I keep finding them in the bottom of my bag after they have slid out of my purse. I have also nearly paid double in shops a couple of times because the notes have stuck together and I wouldn’t even dare to keep one loose in my pocket.
The slippery notes seem to just slide their way out of places. A friend of mine told me how she had recently found one in her kitchen bin – it must have got caught up with receipts or something she was throwing away.
I understand the need for the new material – to make the notes more durable and hard to counterfeit – but it is certainly taking me a while to get used to them.
The Bank of England has explained why the material was chosen, saying polymer banknotes are:
- Cleaner: polymer banknotes are more resistant to dirt and moisture, so they stay cleaner for longer than paper banknotes.
- Safer: the polymer material allows us to include enhanced security features, which make polymer banknotes harder to counterfeit.
- Stronger: improving the quality of banknotes in circulation.
Oh well, at least it won’t matter if I accidentally put one of the notes in the washing machine!