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    Last day to get rid of your old £20's....

    If you've got a sock full of Elgars under your mattress, today is the last day you can exchange them without too much hassle:

    BBC News - Final day for the Elgar £20 note

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    As Victor Meldrew would say, "I don't believe it!" - I just checked my wallet as I withdrew £100 from the hole-in-the-wall yesterday and what has it given me...... Elgar 20s - so it looks like a trip to the bank lunchtime! Grrrrrrr.

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    Oh Queenie.... Ergh, Elgar?! Why do you always find me at my lowest point?

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    This is the first I have heard of this, well publicised eh!

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    So thats what a £20 note looks like, never seen one of those before.

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    Back to straw in the mattress again then.

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    Heard this only last night! Does that mean we could potentially be stuck with these indefinately if we don't get them changed by the end of today? I thought the banks were obliged to change anything like this although the bbc article suggests this isn't the case (at their own discretion)..

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    If your bank or building society gets uppity you may have to send them to the Bank of England yourself.

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    Or stick them in a fruit machine in your local

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    £20 in a fruit machine!? Are you nuts?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    £20 in a fruit machine!? Are you nuts?!
    Sadly yes, It is one of my few vices... altho I do have a knack with them, im £300 up in the last 6 months, I put all my winnings in a jar and cash them in

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmith View Post
    Heard this only last night! Does that mean we could potentially be stuck with these indefinately if we don't get them changed by the end of today? I thought the banks were obliged to change anything like this although the bbc article suggests this isn't the case (at their own discretion)..
    You can always present an old note at the Bank of England and they will exchange it. You have to go in person though so might not be worth it unless you have a fair bit of cash.

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    I had a mate who was a mechanic and in the eighties and nineties he used to make more from fruit machines than he did from his job. Certain pubs actually banned him. He jacked it in when the machines became harder to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I had a mate who was a mechanic and in the eighties and nineties he used to make more from fruit machines than he did from his job. Certain pubs actually banned him. He jacked it in when the machines became harder to beat.
    There is no skill to it now, you just count what people put in and take out and pick your time to play, if your happy to walk away with £20 profit and not go for the big wins you can make £40+ a night off one gambler in a busy pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    There is no skill to it now, you just count what people put in and take out and pick your time to play, if your happy to walk away with £20 profit and not go for the big wins you can make £40+ a night off one gambler in a busy pub.
    I have a colleague from my previous job who does exactly that. He'll just camp out at the bar and watch the machines and then when enough people have played them and not won anything, he'll swoop in and go for gold.

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