[00:08.66]Why did Jane cook John's wallet?
[00:12.81]Has it ever happened to you?
[00:15.14]Have you ever put your trousers in the washing machine
[00:18.45]and then remembered there was a large bank note in your back pocket?
[00:22.31]When you rescued your trousers,
[00:25.25]did you find the note was whiter than white?
[00:29.12]People who live in Britain needn't despair when they make mistakes like this (and a lot of people do)!
[00:36.16]Fortunately for them,
[00:37.88]the Bank of England has a team called Mutilated Ladies
[00:42.27]which deals with claims from people who fed their money to a machine or to their dog.
[00:48.66]Dogs, it seems, love to chew up money!
[00:52.90]A recent case concerns Jane Butlin whose fiance, John, runs a successful furniture business.
[01:01.05]John had a very good day and put his wallet containing $3,000 into the microwave oven for safekeeping.
[01:09.51]Then he and Jane went horse-riding.
[01:12.61]When they got home,
[01:13.77] Jane cooked their dinner in the microwave oven and without realizing it,
[01:19.13]cooked her fiance's wallet as well.
[01:23.02]Imagine their dismay when they found a beautifully-cooked wallet and notes turned to ash!
[01:31.05]John went to see his bank manager
[01:33.31]who sent the remains of wallet and the money to the special department of the Bank of England in Newcastle:
[01:39.98] the Mutilated Ladies!
[01:43.33]They examined the remains and John got all his money back.
[01:48.34]'So long as there's something to identify,
[01:51.17]we will give people their money back,' said a spokeswoman for the Bank.
[01:56.03]'Last year, we paid $1.5m on 21,000 claims.'