Notes of fake money issued by the “Children’s Bank of China” have shown up on buses across cities including Changchun, Chongqing, Haikou and Neijiang after being thrown in cash collection boxes by passengers who apparently can’t tell the difference, China News Network reports.
The fake notes look similar to authentic notes in color, size and picture, making it difficult for elderly people to recognize that they are, in fact, currency for children. The notes are commonly used as teaching material in schools.
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A bus driver surnamed Cong who drives for the Line 156 bus in Changchun says he has received more than a dozen of these notes, which look exactly the same as real ones, except that the words “Children’s Bank of China” are printed in place of “People’s Bank of China”.
Cong says there is no way of telling if the notes are fake when the passengers drop their money into the fare collection boxes. One yuan is the standard fare required for a bus ride, although it’s not much, the bus company’s loss gets accumulatively higher if they continue to receive fake notes, according to Cong.
Other bus lines in the city have also met similar issues as they receive buttons, game coins, and even notes torn and folded in half from passengers wanting to keep the other half for another ride.
According to statistics, the losses from fake and incomplete notes collected in Changchun each year amounts to millions of yuan.
Some buses are now equipped with “smart boxes” that can detect and eject fake money.
By Lucy Liu