The burnt dirham bills.
PHOTO BY DUBAI POLICE
DUBAI – A man who was trying to disinfect dirham bank notes in the microwave ended up burning parts of the money, according to Dubai Police.
The Dubai Police also issued a warning to residents after the bizarre incident, saying they must avoid using extreme disinfection methods on currency.
Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Saleh Al Janahi from the Criminal Evidence and Criminology Department at Dubai Police, said the incident happened during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Due to fear and panic, some members of the public take extreme efforts to disinfect their belongings, but they do so in inappropriate ways,” Al Janahi said, adding it was not an isolated case.
In another incident, a man left bank notes under the sun, causing part of it to burn, the police official said.
The UAE Central Bank has issued a guideline saying that bank notes must be disinfected with antiseptics, and that anyone handling money must wash their hands.
UAE authorities also urged the public to opt for contactless payments, whenever possible, when making transactions. ICA/Expat Media
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