Friday, 17 October 2014

Money Weighing Machines – Beware!

I was standing in line at an HSBC branch, as the man in front of me wrote out and cashed a cheque for £2,500. The cashier took a pack of £50 notes, put them on a money-weighing machine, told the customer that the amount was right and asked him whether he also wanted them manually counted. Yes, was the customer’s response.

And… surprise, surprise… it was £500 short.

There was a short apology by the cashier, who added that this had never happened before.

SO: are these money-weighing machines unreliable or was it a case of an unreliable cashier? Neither alternative is very attractive.



3 comments:

  1. zu einer Zeit, da die Gewinne der Banken durch hohe Strafzahlungen geschmäert werden und Bonuszahlungen ein Riegel vorgeschoben wird, ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass man neue Wege beschreitet, um Einkommen zu generieren. Es mag auch sein, dass die Geldwaage auf eine höhere Inflationsrate programmiert ist aufgrund der Überlegung, dass Geld, das weniger wert ist, auch weniger wiegt..Man sollte halt nicht zu viel Bargeld mit sich herumtragen!

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  2. This must be something novel. So far I have only encountered weighing machines for coins and mechanical counting machines for notes. The latter are quite fast (say, 10 seconds or less for a mere 50 notes) and they definitely wouldn`t be out by 20%.
    I wonder therefore why they would introduce weighing machines for notes in the first place?

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  3. Well I understand that..Do you recommend money counter with Fake note detector ?

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