The Bank of England Knows How Many People Are Eating Its Cash
Fury broke out amongst the vegetarian community in the U.K. yesterday when it emerged that the new polymer five-pound note contains traces of animal fat.
The discovery prompted an online petition for the Bank of England to make the new notes meat-free — it boasted more than 100,000 signatures at the time of writing.
While in the grand scheme of things the outrage of the vegetably-inclined may seem something of a minor issue, there is serious data showing the scale of the risks the new fivers pose to the meat-averse.
Since 2003 nearly £1.5 million ($1.87 million) of U.K. cash has been destroyed by being chewed or eaten, the bank's own figures show. Worryingly, as the chart below suggests, this is a problem that has being getting getting worse in recent years.
With the central bank planning to make all of the U.K.'s currency polymer in the years ahead, the non-vegetarianness of the banknotes is an issue that clearly needs to be addressed
Or, people could just stop eating them.