Mice-chewed cash must be reassembled, Chinese saver told
A bank in Shanghai has told a migrant worker he must "reassemble" hundreds of dollars worth of savings after mice chewed his cash "into thousands of tiny pieces".
Zhao Zhiyong, who has lived in Shanghai for about 10 years, returned home to find the rodents had broken into his closet and eaten their way through a stash of money he had been hoarding.
Mr Zhao had asked his wife to store about 7200 yuan ($A1114) inside the pocket of a coat. But the infestation of mice transformed the cash into a worthless heap of pink, white and purple confetti. "Almost all the 100-yuan notes were in small pieces," the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported yesterday.
"We planned to use part of the money to pay for our child's studies at school and give the rest to our elderly parents," a dejected Mr Zhao told the newspaper.
Media exposure may prove to be Mr Zhao's salvation – if he is able to patch-up his shredded notes.
A number of local banks have refused to replace Mr Zhao's savings, arguing that they are too badly damaged. But the Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank said it would accept the mangled money – if the owner managed to revive his mouse-ravaged wad.
"A local bank official said yesterday that they could help the migrant worker exchange the money only if he could put the tiny pieces together," the Shanghai Daily reported.
Employees were now "waiting for the worker to assemble the pieces".
The Daily Telegraph