[00:11.88]Why did Jane cook John's wallet?
[00:17.13]Has it ever happened to you?
[00:20.06]Have you ever put your trousers in the washing machine
[00:22.67]and then remembered there was a large bank note in your back pocket?
[00:27.92]When you rescued your trousers,did you find the note was whiter than white?
[00:33.49]People who live in Britain needn't despair when they make mistakes like this (and a lot of people do)!
[00:41.21]Fortunately for them, the Bank of England has a team called Mutilated Ladies
[00:47.01]which deals with claims from people who fed their money to a machine or to their dog.
[00:53.10]Dogs,it seems,love to chew up money!
[00:57.68]A recent case concerns Jane Butlin whose fiance,John, runs a successful furniture business.
[01:06.68]John had a very good day and put his wallet containing `3,000 into the microwave oven for safekeeping.
[01:15.96]Then he and Jane went horse-riding.
[01:20.44]When they got home,
[01:21.34]Jane cooked their dinner in the microwave oven and without realizing it,cooked her fiance's wallet as well.
[01:29.78]Imagine their dismay when they found a beautifully-cooked wallet and notes turned to ash!
[01:36.93]John went to see his bank manager
[01:39.03]who sent the remains of wallet and the money
[01:41.41]to the special department of the Bank of England in Newcastle:the Mutilated Ladies!
[01:47.78]They examined the remains and John got all his money back.
[01:53.67]'So long as there's something to identify, we will give people their money back,'
[01:58.30]said a spokeswoman for the Bank.
[02:00.75]'Last year,we paid `1.5 million on 21,000 claims.'