Students at a prestigious school in one of the priciest districts in Australia reportedly used phony currency to con a small-business owner out of $100.
Jim Cho, the manager of the Double Bay Newsagency business, reports that two Scots College students from Bellevue Hill in eastern Sydney visited his establishment last Sunday and requested to swap four $50 bills for two $100 bills.
Two of the $50 bills, according to him, were false.
Mr. Cho said that his son, who was manning the register at the time, failed to recognize the false money and gave the student $200 instead.
The newsagency lost $100 to the pupils because two $50 notes were much shorter than the rest before Mr. Cho noticed and examined the register.
He asserts that the same bunch returned on Tuesday and attempted to play the same prank once again.
This time, it was too evident and quite disrespectful. I couldn’t believe they returned,” he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“Yesterday I printed up warnings to hand out to the majority of the (neighboring) establishments, and several stores indicated they recognized them,” the author writes.
Mr. Cho said that when he reprimanded the youngster for allegedly attempting to repeat the scam, the pupil started sobbing.
We had a really kind client who requested that we leave the child alone. How can you help? said he.
Mr. Cho circulated the youngsters’ pictures throughout town after uploading his surveillance video of them on YouTube out of frustration and a desire to alert his neighbors about the purported fakes.
He said that on Wednesday, a teacher from the esteemed school—whose annual tuition may reach $40,000—visited his establishment to discreetly resolve the issue.
But in spite of the teacher’s attempts, Mr. Cho made the decision to call the police and denounce the pupils.
Ian Lambert, the head of Scots College, said the institution is working with the authorities and would take “necessary disciplinary measures.”
According to him, “The College is cooperating with NSW Police and will continue counseling the student and assisting his parents until the situation is thoroughly handled.”
When all the facts are known, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken because “The College takes the issue very seriously.”
The institution attested to the owner’s complete repayment.