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Fear of a corona infection led the 74-year-old property manager to a dangerous overreaction. Good money.
Tel Aviv. A 74-year-old caretaker in Jerusalem has taken drastic action against his residents’ banknotes for fear of being infected with the corona virus: a pensioner puts 10,000 shekels worth of banknotes in a container of liquid bleach into the microwave, the National Bank of Israel has announced. On Thursday, November 18, 2021.
The notes, valued at less than just 2900 euros, were heavily ignited when heated. As the woman explained in her letter to the bank, she wanted to disinfect the money through the process.
“I feel very guilty because it is not my money. I am an honest citizen who never wastes money,” the letter said. The woman sent more than 70 notes to the bank.
The Monetary Department examined them and found that they were genuine. The bank then decided to transfer the woman’s money.
The banknotes contain iron threads – which ignite instantly in the microwave
Amir Spernovitch, of the monetary department, said: “Needless to say, the banknotes in Israel contain iron threads that can ignite in the microwave.”
According to German experts, the risk of corona virus infection from banknotes or coins is very low.
A bank spokesman said the bank replaces thousands of damaged bills each year. “But we do not yet have a case of rupee notes being steamed.” (DPA)
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