Australian cafe sparks controversy with ‘sweaty’ money ban

Perth, Oct 20 (IANS) A cafe in Western Australian town of Carnarvon has sparked controversy by banning people from paying with “sweaty” money stashed in their underwear, the media reported on Tuesday.

Fascine Coffee Lounge owner Robin Weeks told ABC that his staff, including his son, were “fed up with accepting sweaty money from patrons”.

“A couple of people pulled out money from their undies, other people from their bras,” he said.

He said he put up a sign on the register spelling out the cafe’s policy, but he feared it had simply forced the problem out of sight and not prevented patrons’ unorthodox cash-carrying habits.

“We did keep the sign up for about two months, but then people just caught on that they could take their money out of their bras before they came in,” he said.

He said he had turned customers away and would continue to do so, and urged women particularly to carry a purse.

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