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Dear Ben and Jerry Apr 08

First of all, it’s only fair to mention that I do like your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream.

Now that’s out of the way, let me suggest that you’ve enacted a strategic error by making your branch on the Strand in London part of an easyInternetCafé. This allow me to complain online about your service literally seconds after being subject to it.

To be fair, the service itself would have been it OK had your staff been willing to accept a Scottish banknote. For future reference, let me explain.

  1. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom.
  2. The currency of Scotland is pounds sterling – the same as in the rest of the UK.
  3. There are lots of people in London who don’t live there. Some have travelled from Scotland.
  4. Scottish banknotes are legal tender throughout the UK and therefore people travelling from Scotland need not go to a bureau de change to change “Scottish money” into “English money”. Gosh, it’s not true. See the comments…

All I wanted was a cookie. I didn’t even particularly want a cookie, but I needed change for the slot machine to get my internet access. So you’ve lost out on a transaction and you’ve annoyed me. To avoid this happening in future, I suggest you accept legal tender currency when presented with it.

Oh, and I don’t like your Phish Food flavour ice cream.


7 Responses

  1. 1

    Actually, Scottish banknotes aren’t legal tender even in Scotland. See here.

    Although I do agree, I would hate it if my Scottish banknote wasn’t accepted (although I’ve heard enough scare stories to probably make sure that don’t go down south without a supply of Bank of England banknotes).

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    Wasn’t there a film about a man with a million-pound note? The problem was, no-one would accept the million-pound note, and in the end, the million-pound note was more trouble than it was worth.

    I think it was called “The Money That Couldn’t Be Spent”.

    Anyway, your story reminded me of it.

    And Phish Food’s ok. Cherry Garcia, on the other hand, tastes to me like the congealed vomit of a six year old who’s over-indulged at a birthday party.

  3. 3

    Try Pacito’s in Redcar or Suggit’s in Great Ayton.

    Much nicer ice cream and I’m sure they’s take bank notes from northern Britain 😉

  4. The problem with Scottish banknotes are that most people South of the border have never seen them, so clever criminals can make fake ones and get away with it.
    The same goes for English £50 notes, and is why a lot of shops except neither.

  5. 5

    I got used to them as we had a lot in cumbria but you would never try and spend them else where. You would probabley have had more luck with euros.

  6. When I was a scabby pverty-stricken student in Edinburgh, making trips south of the border, I would always take with me a good stash of Scottish banknotes, on the off chance that I would get them refused in the pub and would “unfortunately” be unable to pay for my round, and have to get someone else to cough up instead.

    You know what? Bloody pubs in London took my Scottish money without question every time. Gits.

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    When the new size BofE £5 came into circulation c.1990 it was roughly the same size as a RBS £1 note.

    Now the £1 note was by this time extinct in Englandshire so it was amusing to pass a Scottish £1 note over in a dimly lit club for a drink and get change of a fiver from the dimly lit bar person. Free drink!!!!

    Cue claims of Scots tightfistedness etc etc etc……