New $5 note causes gaming machine issues

Unfitted: The new $5 bank note isn't a good fit for all machines.

Unfitted: The new $5 bank note isn't a good fit for all machines.

Australia’s new $5 note entered circulation three weeks ago yet not everyone is welcoming the updated currency with open arms. 

While coin-gobbling parking meters have been spared the change, recreational establishments with gaming machines have been forced to adapt their software or leave punters unable to use the new note.

Manager of Macey’s Bistro in Warrnambool Peter Walsh said while their machines won’t accept the new notes, the cost to upgrade the software outweighed their use at the moment.

“Five dollars are the least-used notes so it’s not worth paying the $700-to-$800 cost to update the machines, and the new $10 note is due next year too,” he said.

A spokesperson from TAB assured users that the teething problems would soon be sorted out. 

“Terminals are being upgraded as quickly as possible and we’re hoping they’ll all be completed before the end of the year,” he said.

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