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Don’t expect that shiny new $10 note to work in machines right away

A new $10 note was entered into circulation on Wednesday, and it is sure to cause some headaches when used in machines.

The Daily Telegraph marched down to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) head office on Martin Place and got 10 new $10s to give them a bit of a test run.

The results were less than stellar.

According to The Daily Telegraph, TAB betting terminals at various pubs in the Sydney CBD spat out the note and thirty out of thirty pokie machines – including a brand spanking new one – weren’t having it either.

The experiment continued at Central Station, where many machines rejected the note, with one even accepting it but not adding credit. Better luck was had with OPAL card top-up machines, which did accept the notes.

Self-service checkouts at the IGA Romero Food Hall supermarket on Martin Place rejected the note but it was accepted at Coles, Woolworths and Kmart self-service checkouts across the CBD.

The National Vending Association told The Herald Sun that it is spending $4 million to upgrade vending machines around Australia but the process would take several weeks.

In the meantime, if you are really keen to put a few bets down, you can exchange those new $10s for other notes.

This is not the first time a new note has played havoc with Australia’s machines.

When the new fiver came out last year, there were similar reports.

The new $10 comes with a slew of anti-counterfeit measures and has images of Aussie writers Dame Mary Gilmore and Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson.

Dame Mary Gilmore wrote both prose and poetry and campaigned for the rights of the disadvantaged. Her best-known poem is ‘No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest’ which was written to boost morale during World War II.

Paterson was an Australian bush poet who is best known for penning ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘The Man from Snowy River’.

The new $10 may not work everywhere till mid-October but at least it doesn’t look like this:

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