Canadian New $20 Can’t Be Laundered

So those fancy new $20 bills in Canada are pretty snazzy.  I laughed out loud when a grocery store cashier in Winnipeg gave me an impromptu review and a warning.  She jabbed a finger at the new bill and stared me down. “Make sure you don’t leave that new 20 in a pocket and put it through the washing machine. It melts in the dryer, you know.”

She thrust the grocery bag at me as I was overcome with the memory of finding an American single in my freshly washed jeans some years ago.  It made it okay.  As did the electronic key to my husband’s car.  Whew!  So you can run a high-tech German car key and an American bill through the laundry, but make sure to guard those Canadian bank notes.

I wouldn’t doubt it.  The bill is made of a special slippery substance, which is like plastic and features clear windows and some high tech graphics.

I found this background video that explains the choice in the artwork and how this the new bill offers increased security.  I think this is pretty neat.  And yes, I will always check my pockets before I do laundry.

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