They don’t make money like they used – at least not in Canada anyway. Back in November, America’s next door neighbor rolled out their fancy new bills made of plastic instead of paper with the intent of making them more durable out there…wait for it…in the wild!
How are they holding up? Here’s The Consumerist with the story:
Canada’s got some pretty fancy new money — $100 and $50 polymer bills that last longer and aren’t damaged as easily as paper notes. But as the saying does not go, “All that is plastic might melt at some point, so, sorry your money shriveled.” In some cases, the money has been said to curl up like bacon in a frying pan. Yum.
“The Bank of Canada cannot rule out that polymer notes may be damaged under certain extraordinary conditions,” Julie Girard, a currency spokesperson for the Bank of Canada, told the Toronto Star Thursday.
The bills were designed to be veritably indestructible, but when they’re near intense heat like inside a hot car or next to something emitting heat, they’re reportedly melting, shriveling and otherwise turning in on themselves.
Despite the fact that the Bank of Canada says the bills, which were introduced in November, underwent a barrage of scientific tests to see if they could withstand certain conditions, money holders are saying the money is anything but impervious to heat.
Alternative titles for this post included:
- Paper or Plastic? Canada’s Money Problems
- Got $50 Burning a Hole in Your Pocket?
- Cold Hard Cash: The Answer to Canada’s Money Problems
- New Bills No Match for Canada’s Extreme Heat (sarcasm)
That’s it for today.