One man tried microwaving his cash to kill the coronavirus. That’s gonna cost him. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A bank teller made a video in which he’s holding up fifty dollar bills that had been charred, because a customer tried to kill coronavirus by putting his cash in the microwave, and now wanted to exchange the bills. Well, at least he didn’t try bleaching them. Yes, that’s how low we’ve set the common sense bar these days. Beyond the foreseeably silly way to disinfect and destroy cash, we often tear or wash bills accidentally.

What happens to money you’ve damaged? According to the Federal Reserve, a dirty, defaced, torn, or worn out currency note that is clearly more than one-half of the original note, and doesn’t require special examination to determine its value, can be exchanged so take it to your bank for a fresh bill. If less than half the bill remains, or its value is questionable then trained experts at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) need to examine it so go to for instructions. And rather than trying to sanitize the bills, next time, just sanitize the hands that touched them.

From the Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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