There’s A Major Problem With Australia’s New $5 Note

2016-10-04 23:33:46Z
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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. 

“The note reader starts to read the note and sees the clear strip, it identifies that as the end of the note and of course it can’t recognise it, so it spits it back out,” Nick Aronis, president of the National Vending Association, told The Daily Telegraph

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.”

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