A pig farmer in China accidentally shredded a year’s income in a corn grinder.
The Changchun-based City Evening News is looking for a jigsaw expert to recover five thousand yuan (€ 536) worth of banknotes from pig farmer Ji Zhankui, which were accidentally ground in a corn grinder.
Early last year, Ji decided to store the money in the corn grinder, as his home had previously been burgled. He believed the grinder to be a safe place. A few months later, he needed to grind corn for pig feed but forgot the money was there.
By the time he realised that the red scraps of paper pouring out of the machine represented the family’s total income for the previous year, it was already too late.
All the banks he has contacted have refused to accept the money. Ji’s only hope now is to reassemble three-fourths of each note, which the People’s Bank of China will exchange for the full face-value.