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Teen was left to walk home after bus drivers refused Scottish bank note

Jack Banfield had to walk home after two bus drivers refused to take a Scottish bank note. Photo: Wales News

A teenager was left to walk home after two bus drivers refused to accept a Scottish £10 note for his fare.

Sixth form pupil Jack Banfield was making his way home from Morriston Comprehensive School in Swansea on Monday afternoon, when he tried to pay for his £1.70 trip to the Plasmarl area of the city with a £10 note given to him by Scottish relatives for his birthday on Monday afternoon.

I got on, the weather had been chucking it down, I gave the conductor a Scottish £10 note, but he said he couldn't take it.

He said he has problems putting it in the machine and that he would have to change it in his break. I thought it must've been that one conductor, so I got on the next bus and that conductor told me the very same thing...

It seems that nobody wants to have them - every excuse is you can't bank it, but you can, it's legal tender.

– Jack Banfield

The bus company, First Cymru, has since apologised to the 18 year old.

Scottish currency is legal tender in the UK and it should have been accepted on our buses as payment for the journey he was making.

We will investigate what has happened here and will talk to those staff involved to ensure that nothing like this happens again.

– First Cymru spokesperson
Scottish banknotes are legal tender. Credit: TIM BRAKEMEIER/DPA