A retiree in northern Germany flushed some 30,000 marks worth $18,900 down the toilet, believing the old bank notes were worthless, police said. Officials were alerted by a blocked pipe in the northern city of Kiel. A cleaning company employee extracted soggy bundles of bank notes, but more money got away as the water started flowing again. Investigators then discovered that the retiree had reported a blocked pipe at his house the same day. They visited the man at his apartment, and he confirmed he had flushed the money, police said in statement late Wednesday. The 64-year-old “was of the opinion that mark notes no longer had any value,” the statement said. He still had another 30,000 marks at the apartment, as well as $17,300 in euro bills. Police accompanied the retiree to a bank, where he deposited the money. Euro notes and coins replaced 12 national currencies in 2002, but Europeans can still exchange the old money at their central banks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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