Many have had this said to them, in various parts of the world. Have you?
I have had my Indian money rejected in India, because it is not in good enough condition. The banks are willing to give it out in that condition, but nobody is willing to accept it as a payment for anything, and the banks are often unwilling to take it back.
And, I have the situation where my US dollars are too crumpled for our customers, so we will not change them for some of our currency.
And, the time I jumped in a lake to rescue my daughers shoe, forgetting that I was not using my water proof money carrier, so the money had to be dried out for a couple of days before I could buy anything with it.
etc etc etc
But, this one I read about yesterday wins the prize for the most annoying. At least, if makes a good story though.
There was a guy in Saudi Arabia who took money out of a cash machine. When he keyed in his pin, a hole opened and a mouse walked out. Then after that, his money came out, with bites taken out of it. It is a pity I only have a news blog in Dutch, but here is a link to it, so those who can read Dutch can confirm that this is what the news article says for real. :D
Mouse in ATM
Hi Mell. Happy New year.
I had a brief chat with Jo (Trouble) McCarthy when she was in Sydney recently. Sadly I wasn't able to meet up with her.
I haven't had your problem with Indian notes but I have had problems converting "old" US dollars into local currency in several countries. Something to do with them possibly being forgeries. I would have thought that forgeries would be more likely to look new.
[Edited: 2012 Jan 09 03:31 - John and Sylvia:18619 - Added message re Jo]
Ha ha love the mouse story Mell!
The most annoying thing we found with cash, travelling & ATM's was that the ATM's generally give out large amount notes. Whilst this is good in principal we always had a nightmare trying to break them down if we were out in the sticks. Shops and restaurants would either flat out refuse to take them or struggle for ages to change them.. often running to surrounding shops for help!
In Vietnam and Cambodia people won't accept dollars unless they are in mint condition.
Large notes is really annoying. In Thailand it was ok because you always know that 7-11 will be able to break a big note, but here in Vietnam, the ATM gives you 500,000 notes when no one can give you change from a 100,000!! we end up going back to the ATM in the hope of smaller notes and carrying around the big ones!
We can echo Sophie and Dale and Kris and Kate about the big notes thing. It annoys us when some shops or restaurants huff at us for giving them a big note and they can't give change...it's not our fault the ATM gave us big notes, we feel like telling them to complain to their banks instead!
My Mum told me a funny story about her Grandad, he used to iron his bank notes to make them look new! Wonder if this would work for slightly tatty bills? We now inspect each note given to us as change and refuse to accept torn or tatty bills and ask for a different one, as some countries try and palm off the tatty ones to tourists who don't know any better.