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New notes are slippery customers

Is it just me or have the new polymer £10 and £5 notes got a life of their own.

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!

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