The strange case of the egg and the cow

It is legal to write a cheque on anything so long as it contains all the relevant details. i only know this because I once wrote one myself on the back of a till receipt when in the bank. However some bank’s “Terms and Conditions” now state that you must use the cheque book issued I presume that this is to stop fraud. The cow cheque was true and, according to an old Farmers Guardian, was a protest by a farmer to a UK/European policy that led to his cattle being practically worthless. Although I believe the bank insisted on keeping the cow as evidence of the cheque and so had to pay market value for it.

Chris, Halifax UK



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