Denis Kilcommons: Note of caution if you’re taking cash on holiday
I HAD to laugh when I read that an armed gang had stolen the holiday spending money of the Dubai Royal Family.
Yes, I know, threatening people with guns isn’t funny, but the amount of cash involved was.
I mean, how much cash would you lose if someone stopped you on the way to Bridlington and said give me your holiday money?
A hundred pounds? Two hundred? Because, after all, most people carry a cash or visa card with which to buy a new T shirt if the weather turns warm. Or they take another fifty quid out of the bank if they need more beer money.
Even if you're going to Miami you’re not going to take a lot of cash, are you? This is a world where transactions are conducted with plastic. Go into a bar in the States and you hand over a card.
But the Dubai Royal Family obviously don’t trust such items. They've read the news and seen the scare stories about someone having their debit card cloned and, when they get their next monthly statement, discover they have bought several mobile phones, an iPod, a set of Janet Reger underwear and paid for a topless massage with extras at a spa parlour in Bradford.
I mean, how do you explain that to the wife?
So the Dubai royal family were taking no chances. They phoned the Emirates Bank in Mayfair to arrange to pick up some cash. How much holiday money, sir?
Two million pounds, please.
Two million quid in bundles of £50 notes. They filled two suitcases, a million in each.
Now you could have a really good time in Bridlington with that sort of spending money.