Dad arrested after using £100 coin to buy fuel at Tesco wins £5,000 payout

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A dad who was arrested for paying for petrol with a £100 coin has won £5,000 in damages.

Brett Chamberlain, 54, baffled Tesco fuel staff with a rare commemorative coin after filling up in July last year.

After being thrown out of the shop for his unusual method of payment, the carpenter was later investigated by police for fleeing the Exeter forecourt with a free tank of petrol.

Brett explained to the authorities he tried using a £100 coin to cover the £60 bill but had it rejected, the Mirror reports.

The father-of-four from Tiverton, Devon, used a Trafalgar Square special edition which is legal tender under a 1971 Act, with 45,000 such coins being minted in 2016.

He said he was interrogated by the police before he was released under investigation for using the coin.

Dad Brett was then sent a letter by the Devon and Cornwall Police force saying he would not be charged.

He launched legal action and has now received notice of compensation.

“They wanted to prosecute me for using Royal Mint coins," he told the Sun.

"You couldn’t make it up. I was trying to spend money like any other citizen.

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"I always use the coins to buy my fuel.

"Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s have taken them but Tesco are always difficult.”

While legal tender can be used as a form of payment, shops and businesses are unlikely to accept them as large denomination coins are usually designed as as limited edition collectables or gifts.

According to the Royal Mint website, in England and Wales the £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes are legal tender for payment of any amount.

It's to be noted, however, that they are not legal tender in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Coins are legal tender throughout the country for the following amount:

£100 – for any amount

£50 – for any amount

£20 – for any amount

£5 (Crown) – for any amount

£2 – for any amount

£1 – for any amount

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50p – for any amount not exceeding £10

25p (Crown) – for any amount not exceeding £10

20p – for any amount not exceeding £10

10p – for any amount not exceeding £5

5p – for any amount not exceeding £5

2p – for any amount not exceeding 20p

1p – for any amount not exceeding 20p

  • Tesco
  • Money
  • Police
  • Petrol

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