ECB probes fishy tale of Dutch euro bank note

GERMANY - The European Central Bank was investigating an embarrassing breach of security on Monday after a man used a five-euro note to buy fish food from a Dutch shop three months before the single currency becomes legal tender.

No notes are supposed to be in the public's hands before 1 January, 2002 and an ECB spokeswoman said this was the first such incident involving the new cash. But she declined to give any further details pending the outcome of the probe.

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