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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 51, December 4, 2005, Article 11

BUS DRIVER REFUSES BOY'S LEGAL TENDER

The Bury Free Press of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk,
England reported on December 2 that " A teenager
was thrown off a bus for trying to pay his fare
with a Scottish banknote.

Distraught Adam Telford-Dinsmore, 13, of Bury St
Edmunds, was told the Royal Bank of Scotland 5
note was not acceptable and was turned off the
bus he catches every day to King Edward VI School
in the town.

His mother, former bank worker Sonia, said the
whole family was distressed by the incident."

"She phoned bus company First Eastern Counties
and was told that while Scottish notes were
acceptable, drivers had to manually key them in.

"We were fuming," added her husband, Paul.

A spokeswoman for First said: "It is our policy
to accept Scottish pound notes and we would like
to apologise for the inconvenience caused to
the passenger."

Mrs Telford-Dinsmore, who worked at Lloyds TSB
in Bury for more than a decade, added: "I dread
to think what could have happened in slightly
different circumstances  if it had been a young
girl trying to get home in the dark with no means
of communication."

"Scottish notes have been accepted as currency
in the UK since 1727  though curiously they are
not legal 'tender', in strict law, even in Scotland."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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