Store rejects coins as Maryborough man calls for change

A MARYBOROUGH man was stunned when an Optus phone store refused to accept loose change when he tried to buy a $30 recharge card - but the store said it was its legal right to refuse to accept change if the amount exceeded $5.

Michael Clad, 57, went into Optus in Maryborough's Station Square to buy the recharge card and said he tried to use $1 and $2 coins to complete the purchase.

However Cara Swanney, regional manager at the Optus store, said Mr Clad had nothing higher than 20 cent pieces when he tried to make the purchase and he was politely informed the store did not have the space to keep the change.

Ms Swanney said the Optus store did not refuse Mr Clad service, but told him he would need to exchange the change at a bank or another business before coming back to buy the recharge card.

"We just can't do it," Ms Swanney said.

She said she understood where Mr Clad was coming from, but that didn't change the space issue the store faced.

In the end Mr Clad used a $50 note to make his purchase but he said he was stunned that businesses could turn away legal tender.

"I could understand if it was five and ten cent pieces."

Mr Clad said he would not go back to the Optus store again.

"Not as long as my rear end points to the ground," he said.

He also wondered if the store would have refused his money if he had wanted to buy their most expensive phone in small change.

"They'd soon find space for that," he said.

According to the 1965 Commonwealth Currency Act, in the case of coins of denominations of five, ten, twenty or fifty cents, it is legal tender for a payment of an amount not exceeding $5.

Topics:  change maryborough optus

Two fires at the same time, same location

A QFES crew going into a house at Urraween yesterday, to make sure everything is okay.

And, both were at addresses within 100m of each other.

Could we get a new pontoon?

Fraser Coast Regional Council - first official meeting in the Maryborough Council Chambers. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

A new site has been earmarked

Weather on the Fraser Coast for last week of October

Rain falls out to sea at Pialba beach.

But Wednesday is the pick of the week weather wise.

Local Partners

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.