Sunday 25 September 2016

Keep your cash out of your crevices! Café owner asks customers not to store cash in their underwear

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 21/10/2015 | 19:10

The sign that Weeks erected in his café
Credit: Facebook/Facine Coffee
The sign that Weeks erected in his café Credit: Facebook/Facine Coffee

The co-owner of a café in Western Australia has hit the headlines after issuing his customers with an unusual request: Don't pay for your coffee with cash you've been keeping in your bra or underwear.

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Corey Weekes who runs Fascine Coffee in Carnarvon, a coastal town north of Perth, wants his till to be free of money that's come into contact with people's private parts.

"It's sweaty, my employees hate it and I don't like it," Weekes told Mashable Australia.

"It's just not a great thing to experience when you're at work."

With temperatures hitting highs of 47C during the hot summer months, one can imagine how the notes may get a little, sweaty shall we say.

Weekes said most of his patrons did not engage in the grubby practice but once or twice a month a customer would produce legal tender from their smalls.

"It's a problem that happens occasionally," he said. "I thought to myself, 'Why not put up a sign?'"

"I suppose all money is dirty when you really look at it, but it's just something that's not nice to deal with when you're working."

The sign has also been a point of discussion across several radio shows Down Under with one woman caller arguing that as women's clothing often does not have pockets, it's a practice that should be tolerated.

"I agree that money is dirty in terms of bacterial stuff, but I don't think being in a sweaty hand or being in a sweaty bra, [it] doesn't make any difference," she told ABC News.

Weekes appeared to take her comment on board, saying everyone has the right to their own opinion.

"No one has come up to me in person to complain about the sign, but I don't really mind."

The sign has been winning support from similar shops across the country, including nearby cafés near Fascine.

"We've been getting a lot of good comments from other stores," he said. "Some reckon they'll do it themselves."

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