Australia just got a fancy new $5 note, but there’s a major design issue creating problems across the country.
The transparent anti-counterfeiting strip is causing the note to be rejected by automated shop readers and vending machines when customers attempt to pay.
Woolworths is recalibrating self-service check-outs and vending machines, while Kmart self-service check outs are still reportedly not accepting the notes. Even TAB betting terminals and pokie machines have been affected.
“This clearly seems to be a failure of planning and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be accepting the new $5 note,” Erin Turner from Choice said.
“They need to get their act together and fix it as quickly as possible.”