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Chinese worker told to ‘re-assemble’ mice-chewed cash

Last Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 17:00

Sydney: A migrant worker has been told to ‘re-assemble’ hundreds of dollars worth of savings by a Shanghai bank 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 stash of money he had been hoarding.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Zhao had asked his wife to store about CNY 7,200 inside the pocket of a coat, but the infestation of mice transformed the cash into a worthless heap of pink, white and purple confetti.

A dejected Zhao said that he had planned to use part of the money to pay for their child’s studies at school and give the rest to their elderly parents.

A number of local banks have refused to replace 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.

The Shanghai Daily reported that a local bank official said they could help the migrant worker exchange the money only if he could put the tiny pieces together.

Employees were now ‘waiting for the worker to assemble the pieces’, the report added.


First Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 16:59
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