This is what happens when you leave your stuff lying around. This is not a Belgian joke, but a real story that happened to a resident of Liège. RTL Info recounts his misadventure, which fortunately ended well. A few days ago, Grégory placed 2,000 euros in cash in an envelope. A sum, explain our colleagues, which must serve as a deposit for the purchase of a car. So far, nothing out of the ordinary, especially since he places the envelope on a sideboard behind a frame, you never know. He goes to his garage for two short hours and is amazed when he returns: the envelope is on the floor, all the banknotes that were in it scattered in the four corners of the room.
Blame it on… his dog. Sally, an 8-month-old golden retriever “sniffed” the right shot and took care of the tickets. “I had the immense surprise to discover the envelope as well as the shredded and scattered tickets on the dog’s cushion”, describes Grégory. Of the 2,000 euros, more than 1,100 euros went up in smoke. Obviously not angry with his dog (it is true that he could have put the envelope in a drawer), the man first thought of sticking the tickets back together. “It was a real puzzle. I spent the evening there. Some were more or less complete and others more heavily damaged,” he says.
Two meetings in Brussels
In any case, he would never have been able to use the tickets afterwards. No car then? Grégory did not disassemble so far, says RTL Info. By contacting his bank, he learns that he can contact the National Bank of Belgium (BNB). Problem: the only counter is in the capital, and if his bank could take charge of the procedure, it would have taken much longer. The man will therefore take a day off and go to Brussels hoping to find his money.
According to RTL Info, if the BNB is the only body able to make an immediate exchange of money, certain conditions must be met: an “involuntary deterioration of the ticket”, but also the fact that “50% of the ticket exists”, otherwise its owner could trade twice. Bad luck, as he had taped them, the BNB had to carry out a “thorough verification” of at least ten days. With no transfer possible, Grégory had to return to Brussels a second time to recover his money. Two expensive round trips, but worth it given the amount involved. The National Bank of Belgium says it is already working on stronger banknotes to avoid this kind of inconvenience.
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