Knucklehead who thinks washing cash will kill COVID-19 wrecks at least $19K

Knucklehead who thinks washing cash will kill COVID-19 wrecks at least $19K


A South Korean resident put a whole new spin on “money laundering” by tossing cash into a literal washing machine — in order to clean off potential coronavirus germs.

The person, identified only by the surname Eom, damaged at least 23 million won ($19,320) near Seoul earlier this year, then contacted the Bank of Korea to ask if it could be exchanged for new bills, the bank said in a statement.

It is unclear exactly how much money was damaged but the bank said it returned 507 of the damaged 50,000-won ($42) bills at half value. Bank rep Seo Jee Woun said the total amount of moolah lost during the sudsy snafu was “considerable.”

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Under the bank’s policy, it will provide new cash at face value if damage is minimal, and half value — or not at all — damage is significant.

Earlier this year, a different person with the surname Kim, damaged cash in a microwave during an

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