For people who like to stash their cash under the mattress or store it in a cookie jar, rather than put it in a bank, it’s not just thieves or accidents like fire that they need to guard against. There is one more, and perhaps bigger, danger that could potentially wipe out their life savings: termites.
A mainland woman learnt this painful lesson this week as she found her precious savings eaten by an army of termites, proving that there is no real safe place to hide your money.
The woman, a 70-year-old senior from Fujian province, was shocked to discover her stash of about 10,000 yuan (US$1,626) notes partly eaten by bugs, cnr.cn reported Wednesday.
The lady, identified by her surname Cai, is said to have kept all her savings in a wooden clothes cabinet at home. She would take out the notes from time to time to check on her precious bundle.
But on Monday, when she conducted her latest inspection after a gap of one month, she got the shock of her life as she saw the banknotes partially eaten up.
While she was distraught, Cai’s daughter tried to lighten up the atmosphere by pointing out how “artistic” the banknotes now look, the report said.
Some notes were said to resemble “camels”, complete with the humps, limbs and tails. One can imagine the “00″ digits as the animals’ eyes, the daughter said.
According to the report, the Cais were able to exchange 1,950 yuan of notes with a bank, while the rest was said to be too damaged to be done anything about.
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