A toy €100 note is being treated as counterfeit currency after it was used to buy a sandwich in the North.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the note – which is carries an ELC logo – was accepted by a cashier at a fast food outlet in Newry, Co Down.
Officers were called to investigate because the shop owner was left out of pocket.
Writing on their Newry and Mourne Facebook page, the PSNI said: “Yep you are right you know, it’s a pretend €100 note from a leading kiddies toy store.
“So why do we have it in an evidence bag I hear you query? Well it’s in an evidence bag because it’s evidence. Evidence of the offence of tendering counterfeit currency.
“I know, I know a kids play note counterfeit currency?? Well believe it or not this was actually accepted as payment recently in business premises in Newry.
In Newry many businesses accept cash transactions in both sterling and euro.
Police have since issued fresh advice for businesses to thoroughly check all notes.
The PSNI added: “If you work in a cash handling job please take five seconds to check all notes you are accepting, the first check would be look at the thing! The second would be to swipe a counterfeit detector pen across it, you can buy these online for pennies.
“Then consider the feel of the note.
“Clearly no checks were done on this note and that business is now €100 down plus the value of the goods it was used to ’pay’ for!
“Isn’t it as well the £ is pretty strong against the euro?”