Forged Euro's in Germany - tentatively related to St Adalbert (lived and died in Germany)
Tentatively related to St Adalbert (German connection). I was working in Celle in
Germany for a few days, visiting clients around 2010. This was my third or fourth visit and I was
staying at the same hotel as I had stayed before – Ringhotel Celler Tor https://www.celler-tor.de,
a really nice hotel with great food and pool/jacuzzi and sauna. I had landed at Hannover and taken a cab the
20 miles to the hotel. I paid the driver,
checked in and went to my room. A few
minutes later I had a call from reception asking me to come back down to
The taxi driver was there, I
assumed he wanted to give me a card and let me know he could drive me to my
appointments, however, he did not. He
had realised that the Euro’s I had given him were forged. He showed me how he knew, of course I had no idea
not dealing with Euro’s often. Luckily,
I had enough Euro’s to pay him still.
Apparently, in this
situation the police are usually called but I must have looked shocked enough
for the driver to realise it was a genuine mistake.
At the time I was living in
a small town in Devon and was a regular at the Post Office, getting foreign
currency. As soon as I was back in my room,
I phoned the Post Office and explained what had happened. Fortunately, the lady who had served me the
Euro’s a couple of days before remembered doing so and said they would sort it
out when I got back, which they did.
It turns out that a couple
of men were going into different post offices around Devon – and possibly
elsewhere, with forged 20 Euro notes and exchanging them for pounds. I had to give a statement to the police
although as I was only the receiver of the notes, I am not sure how helpful
that would have been.
Anyway, that was a lesson
learnt for both me and the post office who are now a lot more aware of forged