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  • Just for fun to anyone old enough

    This is for fun but is there anyone out there that can answerer this?

    In the UK around about the mid 1970s there was a program called That's Life. Headed by a BBC TV presenter Esther Ransen. Somewhere in the north of England a man was annoyed that the council would not empty his bins. He decided to take revenge by withholding what he believed to be the amount of money for the bin collections. A year later he is held to account for not paying his council tax.

    He goes to a fish monger and buys a plaice. He paints it to look like a cheque and posts it to the council. As a valid document the council had to process the rotten fish and take it to the bank who had to store it for up to 6 years.

    When Esther Ransen told the story on national TV, thousands of people did the same thing. An urgent act of parliament was created Making it illegal to send rotting fish through the post as cheques.

    Anyone out there that can uncover this?
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    https://www.home.barclays/news/2016/...he-cheque.html

    3/4 of the page down is what I think you are referring to. This is the only thing I can find on what you are suggesting.

    Cheques are regulated by the Bills of Exchange Act 1882 and the Cheques Act 1957.

    I couldn't see anything on the face of it in that legislation which suggests an emergency act of parliament was passed. Do you know if it amended one of those Acts or was it an entirely separate act, and perhaps what year it was enacted?
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