Reports say heat causing polymer notes to melt

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Monique LeBlanc, Atlantic Regional Office Currency Department, Bank of Canada, displays one the new polymer $20 bank notes in this file photo.

It appears some of Canada’s new plastic money can’t stand the heat of the summer.

There have been reports of the new 50 and 100-dollar polymer bills melting. The Bank of Canada though says it’s new bills are virtually indestructible.

Brittney Halldorson, a teller at the Interior Savings Credit Union in Kelowna, says the bills are supposed to withstand boiling water but she’s heard of cases where several of the bills have melted together inside a hot car.

She says the only way a person can be reimbursed is if they have the bill’s serial number.

In February, The Guardian reported a Charlottetown man had trouble getting his money back when three $100 polymer bills melted in his wallet on top of a toaster oven that was still warm.

Organizations: Bank of Canada, Interior Savings Credit Union

Geographic location: Canada, Kelowna

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  • Guy Cousineau
    July 11, 2012 - 18:51

    puts w hole new meaning to the expression "money burning a hole in your pocket."

  • Hot Toaster
    July 11, 2012 - 17:17

    Research also points to paper bills lighting on fire when they get too hot. lol. I think the plastic will be just fine. Just exercise caution, as you would with paper, when leaving your wallet on hot toasters, beside fires, or on other hot appliances..... come on people.

  • Scott Ward
    July 11, 2012 - 15:58

    Who leaves their wallet on top of a warm toaster oven?

  • Rikki-Leah Dawson-Parry
    July 11, 2012 - 15:35

    I can't believe this got past all the people who have to pass this thing. Well, considering some of the things I've learned about government incompetence...maybe I shouldn't be surprised at all. I'm keeping my money air-conditioned, I guess.

  • Sylvia
    July 11, 2012 - 14:43

    I can't understand why research wouldn't have been on this before printing these bills.

  • Rose Hicken
    July 11, 2012 - 14:15

    It's hard enough to hold on to money these days. Now we have to worry about it melting.