Filthy lucre

A few years ago I had a meeting with a rather successful Danish businessman. As we talked, he had the rather irritating habit of jangling the coins in his pocket. This was annoying in itself, but as I have now discovered, it made the handshake with him one of the more dangerous activities I have undertaken. According to recent research, Danish coins and banknotes are the dirtiest, most bacteria-infested pieces of money you can come across.

As it happens, the Euro, and even Sterling, do relatively well. But the best bet is to go fully cashless and refuse to do business with coins and notes. And avoid meetings with businessmen jangling Danish coins.

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6 Comments on “Filthy lucre”

  1. V.H Says:

    I heard someplace that everyone could be prosecuted for there are traces of Coke on every used banknote. You wouldn’t think that many out there are shaking the bejapers out of a can that would cause such ire to the State

  2. Anna Notaro Says:

    Good news about your immune system if you survided to tell us the tale today 🙂 & good news about the Euro, it needs all the good news it can get these days, but then why am I not surprised that the research in question was a study by a credit card company?

  3. Chris Says:

    if we are moving to non-cash mobile payments on-the-go – using our mobile phones then we need to watch out too according to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona. He recently stated that cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats

  4. There’s also another option. “Don’t worry. Be happy”. The risk from bacteria on notes and coins is, I believe, miniscule.

  5. S.C. Says:

    I don’t agree that we should quit using notes and coins. I like the anonymity that buying things with cash provides – even though, you know, I’m not buying anything that would get me in trouble, it’s still nice. Besides, it’s easy enough to wash your hands before doing something like eating. Germs are everywhere anyway.

    But I agree that coin-jangling is a really annoying habit. Somehow I feel like it’s even worse if you’ve got a lot of money.

  6. OMF Says:

    This will work for about 5 minutes before the bank decides to unilaterally seize 10% of everyone’s account in order to pay for its pension fund. Shortly thereafter, people will go back to using cigarrettes.

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