Cambridge Rainbow vegetarian cafe refuses new 5 note – BBC News

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Image caption The coffee shop owners are contradicting the brand-new 5 note on ethical premises as it includes an
animal spin-off

A vegetarian coffee shop is contradicting the brand-new 5 note after it emerged the currency consists of animal items.

Sharon Meijland, owner of the Rainbow Cafe in Cambridge, has actually installed indications alerting clients about the policy.

There was protest from some vegetarians and spiritual groups when it was exposed the polymer utilized for the notes consists of tallow – a kind of animal fat.

The Bank of England decreased to state whether there was a legal responsibility to accept the notes.


Mrs Meijland stated she had actually made a “pledge” to clients that the coffee shop was an “ethical facility”.

” [Tallow’s] an animal item right? Our entire service is based around not having anything like that on the properties,” Mrs Meijland stated.

“Although the exact same individual does not deal with the cash that deals with the food, that’s not truly the point.”

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Image caption Posters have actually been put at the coffee shop entryway and at the money till

She stated she was “mystified” by the meat material in the currency, and included: “This is so repulsive … we are really going to need to state that we cannot take the notes in our dining establishment.”

Since the posters increased on Wednesday no consumers had actually grumbled, she stated.

Mrs Meijland stated most of clients paid by card however if they just had a brand-new 5 note personnel would “search for an option and accommodate them in some method”.

Image caption One of the indications has actually been placed on the stairs so consumers will see it as
they show up

Since the “bendy” notes were presented into flow by the Bank of England in September, a petition requiring the tallow to be gotten rid of, got more than 120,000 signatures within a couple of days of publishing.

The bank has stated its provider was dealing with “ prospective options ” to the concern of animal fat in its brand-new 5 notes.

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Image caption The brand-new notes were presented into flow in September

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