Headcorn Post Office hangs “We do not accept Scottish Money” sign
A common view ONCE south of the border could make a comeback, as a post office in England refuses to accept ‘Scottish money’.
The local post office in the village of Headcorn in Kent has confirmed it will not accept Scottish banknotes – although a reason has not yet been communicated.
The National was briefed on the policy by local teacher David Mingay, who spotted a sign while visiting the village where he lived.
Mingay – from Barrhead – sent a photo of the sign, which read: “We don’t accept Scottish money.”
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He said, “This is a village that I lived in for years and I went back the other day and saw the sign, but I didn’t tell anyone about it.
“It’s something I haven’t seen for a very long time – in the 80s it was prevalent everywhere – so I was surprised to see it.
“It’s not something Michael Gove would be happy to see if he tries to make the Union stronger.”
He added: “It doesn’t seem to be common, but I wonder if it will become more common. ”
Scots have long struggled to get their banknotes recognized south of the border, with the response ‘It’s legal tender’ becoming something of a trope.
The Bank of England website states that this claim actually has no basis and that legal tender “has narrow technical meaning that has no use in everyday life.”
He continues, “A store owner can choose which payment he accepts. If you want to pay for a packet of chewing gum with a £ 50 bill, it’s perfectly legal to refuse. Likewise for all other tickets, it is a matter of discretion.
Headcorn Post Office said its postmaster would be in touch to explain the policy.
The headquarters of the post office were also contacted for comment.