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Melissa Caddick's hidden millions

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The long-awaited report into Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick's financial affairs has revealed she allegedly misappropriated 25 million of investors' funds.</p> <p>However, the report has been met with disappointment from investors, saying that "nothing's been answered".</p> <p>“It doesn’t reveal a lot we don’t already know,” said one person owed a considerable amount of money by Ms Caddick to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/melissa-caddick-s-missing-25m-report-reveals-scale-of-lost-funds-20210303-p577ju.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>.</p> <p>“The report is so heavily-redacted it’s hard to make any sense of it,” said another who added that “it doesn’t say where the money’s gone."</p> <p>The report had two parts, the first part diving into Caddick's financial affairs and the second part investigating her company Maliver.</p> <p>According to the report, Caddick would use Maliver as a money-laundering vehicle.</p> <p>“Money went in [to the company] and then money went out,” said one of the investors.</p> <p>The report comes as the search for Caddick enters a crucial phase with NSW Police divers preparing to search waters near her home in Dover Heights.</p> <p>Several theories have emerged around Caddick's death, with many thinking she is still alive.</p> <p>Police have not currently ruled out foul play or that she took her own life.</p> <p>Corporate watchdog ASIC has said that it remains a priority to retrieve funds for investors, with a two-day hearing taking place next month.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-03/nsw-police-divers-suspend-search-for-melissa-caddick-remains/13210394" target="_blank">ABC</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woman’s unbelievable $357k discovery

<p><span>A woman cannot believe her luck after she found what is believed to be a piece of expensive ambergris washed up near her beach house.</span><br /><br /><span>Siriporn Niamrin, 49, revealed she was walking along the sand after a rainstorm when she noticed the bizarre mass in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand, on February 23.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Niamrin investigated the substance and found it had a fishy smell.</span><br /><br /><span>She dragged it back to her house about 500 metres away in hopes that it could be something she could sell.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman asked her neighbours for help and was shocked when they informed her that it could be ambergris, also known as whale vomit.</span><br /><br /><span>Ambergris is a result of sperm whales bile ducts in the gastrointestinal tract making secretions to ease the passage of large or sharp objects.</span><br /><br /><span>The whale vomits the mucilage, which solidifies and floats on the surface of the ocean.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840103/daily-13.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/be514a4bab2f46bba0bbea982437552f" /></p> <p><em>Image: ViralPress</em><br /><br /><span>The solid chunk has a terrible smell at first but after the mucilage dries out, it develops a sweet and fragrance that lasts a long time – making it a deeply sought-after ingredient in the perfume industry.</span><br /><br /><span>They are now waiting for experts to visit her house to confirm that the lump is genuine ambergris.</span><br /><br /><span>The oval-shaped lump weighed in at 7kg and was around 30cms wide and 60cms long.</span><br /><br /><span>The weight gives the chunk of ambergris an estimated value of around A$357,000, based on previous sales.</span><br /><br /><span>"If I really have the genuine ambergris, I can help my community once I find a buyer for it," Siriporn said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I feel lucky to have found such a large piece. I hope it will bring me money.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm keeping it safe in my house and I have asked the local council to visit to check it."</span></p>

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Just stop it: Mum slams ALDI shoppers' “unacceptable” habit

<p><span>An ALDI customer took to Facebook to slam fellow shoppers as she spotted a major mess in the shelves.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know what kind of human did this,” the frustrated mother wrote in the ALDI Mum’s Facebook page, and added two photos to show the “upsetting” scene.</span><br /><br /><span>The pictures showed a pile of boxes of glad wrap ripped open and the cling film unravelled, along with boxes of ziploc bags that had been opened with bags removed from each packet.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840080/daily-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b9997c9c2194f7e8ce5efcd04c8affd" /><br /><br /><span>“What did they expect to see from cling wrap boxes til they had to rip it apart and also why open the sandwich bag boxes as the measurements are written on the packaging,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“They didn’t think what they did cost Aldi and the employee time and money.”</span><br /><br /><span>A number of other shoppers took to the comments to share what they themselves had witnessed as a result of horrible shopping habits.</span><br /><br /><span>“Someone had ripped open a tv the other day, why?” one user wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Another person commented: “I’ve seen women ripping tags off bags (that didn't hinder opening them to look inside) or yanking stuff out of boxes that's clearly marked on the outside. It's especially bad on special buys days and nothing seems to be off limits.”</span><br /><br /><span>"It seems to be an ALDI culture. I don’t see this at other stores but always at ALDI," a third shopper wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Other people revealed they had bought items and taken them home only to find parts were missing.</span><br /><br /><span>"They still have a heap of reusable nappies and swimmers which I would buy BUT the parents have opened every single box and they’re all over the place," one person said.</span><br /><br /><span>"What s***s me, is when the morons rip open boxes or packs, then they put it back and get an unopened undamaged pack!" a second shopper wrote.</span></p>

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Be prepared for a second rate rise in just six months

<p>If you thought you’d done well to escape the worst of 2020’s annual private health insurance rate rise, think again. Premiums are increasing at the start of April - just six months after insurers last put their prices up.</p> <p>Health fund premiums will be rising by an average of 2.74% in 2021*, but when you combine this with October’s average, it’s actually a 5.66% increase for most households over six months. Ouch.</p> <p>So how do you keep your health insurance affordable while still making sure you’re covered for everything you need? It’s simple: compare and if you get a better deal, switch.</p> <p><strong>How much does loyalty cost to your health insurer?</strong></p> <p>Staying loyal to the same health fund could really cost you. Let’s use an example.</p> <p>In 2016, the average health insurance premium rose by 5.59%. Let’s say a family was paying $4,500 a year for combined hospital and extras cover.</p> <p>Now let’s assume that the family didn’t switch cover and had the average annual rate rise applied every year, including April’s 2.74% average increase. They’d be paying $5362.09 on the same policy. <strong>That’s an extra $862 since they took out the policy.</strong></p> <p>Not sure how much your premium could go up by? Use <a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/form/step1/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=hic-march-rate-rise-v4&amp;utm_content=article&amp;utm_term=cta" target="_blank">our calculator</a> to work out your insurer’s average premium increase.</p> <p><strong>It's easy to get a better deal</strong></p> <p>It’s surprisingly easy to ignore your health insurance and end up overpaying by hundreds of dollars.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/form/step1/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=hic-march-rate-rise-v4&amp;utm_content=article&amp;utm_term=cta" target="_blank">Health Insurance Comparison’s</a> CEO Andrew Davis says that there’s some demographics who are sometimes hit harder than others:</p> <p>“We’ve found that older Australians are especially vulnerable to falling victim to the common health insurance traps like staying on an outdated policy, being talked into a higher level of cover, and fund loyalty incentives.”</p> <p>Fortunately thousands of smart Aussies have already beat the system by switching with <a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/form/step1/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=hic-march-rate-rise-v4&amp;utm_content=article&amp;utm_term=cta" target="_blank">Health Insurance Comparison.</a> You can join them too in just a few clicks and beat the health insurers at their own game.</p> <p><em>Disclaimer</em></p> <p><em><span>This article is opinion only and should not be taken as medical or financial advice. Check with a financial professional before making any decisions.</span></em></p> <p><em>References</em></p> <p><em><span>*Department of Health, </span></em><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/privatehealth-average-premium-round/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=hic-march-rate-rise-v4&amp;utm_content=article&amp;utm_term=cta" target="_blank"><em>Average annual premium price change by insurer</em></a><em>, December 2020</em></span></p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/form/step1/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=hic-march-rate-rise-v4&amp;utm_content=article&amp;utm_term=cta" target="_blank">Health Insurance Comparison</a>.</em></strong></p>

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"Stark but not surprising": Qantas CEO reveals staggering loss

<p><span>Qantas has announced they have had a $1.08 billion half-year loss, following their dramatic $6.9 billion plunge in revenue due to restrictive travel bans and rules.</span><br /><br /><span>The net loss before tax was $1.47 billion, however the airline will be able to offset part of that against future tax bills.</span><br /><br /><span>"These figures are stark but not surprising," Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.</span><br /><br /><span>"During the half we saw the second wave in Victoria and the strictest domestic travel restrictions since the pandemic began. Virtually all of our international flying and 70 per cent of domestic flying stopped, and with it went three-quarters of our revenue."</span><br /><br /><span>The airline remains hopeful and said they still have $4.2 billion in available cash to keep going until Australia's international border reopens and domestic travel ramps up to more normal levels.</span><br /><br /><span>Qantas is currently expecting international travel to resume more broadly at the end of October.</span><br /><br /><span>They have started selling tickets to the UK or US for travel as early as July.</span><br /><br /><span>The airline is hopeful of a "material increase" in trans-Tasman flying.</span><br /><br /><span>Unfortunately there has been a COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland that has seen several states already reimpose quarantine restrictions on New Zealand arrivals.</span><br /><br /><span>Qantas is hoping to have 60 per cent of pre-COVID domestic capacity by the end of March and 80 per cent by the end of June.</span><br /><br /><span>The airline is currently running at just 8 per cent of international capacity.</span><br /><br /><span>They are doing this through trans-Tasman and repatriation flights.</span></p>

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ALDI shopper's fury after jaw-dropping find

<p>An ALDI customer has spoken of her frustration after discovering large amounts of produce "dumped" in the supermarket skip bins at the back of her local store.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, shopper Danielle shared images that show bags of potatoes, tomatoes, bread and other fresh fruit and vegetables in the waste units.</p> <p>She also took photos of meat, eggs, pet food, cheese, small goods and other popular buys taken in a household kitchen, but apparently ripped straight from the bins as well.</p> <p>To the naked eye, most of the produce appears to be intact and fit to eat.</p> <p>“How about you pay attention instead to what’s going out your back dock and into the bins. Look at this!” said Danielle in her post, tagging in<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/ALDI.Australia/" target="_blank">ALDI Australia</a>.</p> <p>“Perfectly good food dumped by you EVERY SINGLE DAY. How much is that costing you?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:373.6842105263158px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840023/screen-shot-2021-02-24-at-103713-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/099458e64bc345cb9c173386529a61d4" /></p> <p>Danielle's post sparked furious reactions from commenters, with one saying she was "literally shocked".</p> <p>An<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.aldi.com.au/" target="_blank">ALDI</a><span> </span>spokesperson has told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/" target="_blank">7NEWS.com.au</a><span> </span>that the supermarket “actively” donates to food rescue groups and only disposes of foods that are ‘inconsumable’ and pose a health risk.</p> <p>“We have a number of processes and policies in place to ensure that very few products on our shelves end up as waste,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Every ALDI store in Australia is linked to one or more food rescue partners including OzHarvest, Foodbank and SecondBite and in 2020 alone, we donated over 10 million meals to charity partners and more than 66,000kg of non-food items.</p> <p>“We will only discard product from our stores should it be unsuitable for sale or donation.</p> <p>“While we actively donate to food rescue organisations, our partners have an obligation to provide their communities with food that is still of a high standard and, as such, are sometimes unable to take foods that are inconsumable or considered a high risk, such as meat, eggs and produce.”</p> <p>One Facebook user had another environmentally-friendly suggestion to combat food waste.</p> <p>“I guess that legislation, put in place to ensure our collective well-being, forces some of this supermarket behaviour (to change),” she wrote.</p> <p>“Perhaps enrolment in a food to compost program might at least recycle that deemed unfit for human consumption.”</p>

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ALDI shopper shares trolley hack that'll leave you $5 richer

<p>Aussie bargain hunter and Youtuber Frugal Aussie has shared a trick that'll help you score some quick cash if you're shopping at ALDI.</p> <p>She posted a video about how she collected $5 in just 15 minutes.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VG-KurE9TXY"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Natalie, who runs Frugal Aussie, said that the trick is to look for ALDI trolleys around the supermarket carpack that haven't been returned to the trolley area.</p> <p>As ALDI trolleys require a gold coin or ALDI token to use, it means you can check and see if anything has been left behind.</p> <p>“Fifteen minutes work, I had $5 in my hand,” Natalie said in the video.</p> <p>“When I heard about this hack from the UK I was sceptical but I tried ALDI which was great.</p> <p>“I found trolleys with a baby cot in them the best and trolleys a long way from the store.</p> <p>“I guess people just can’t be bothered returning their trolley.”</p> <p>Natalie said it's a great way for people to make extra cash, as some people can find $20 a day.</p> <p>“Apparently people use this as a cash side hustle and some pensioners made about $20 a day to supplement their income,” she said in the video.</p> <p>“Some days you make a bit, some days you don’t.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Here's how to get free money from Coles

<p>Coles will discount its prepaid MasterCard gift cards by 10 per cent from Wednesday, essentially giving customers money for free.</p> <p>The supermarket giant will apply the promotion to its $50, $100 and $250 gift cards from Wednesday 10 February to Tuesday 16 February.</p> <p>The discounts also apply to the purchase fee which is $5 for $50 and $100 cards, and $7 for $250 cards.</p> <p>On a $250 Coles Mastercard gift card, plus its associated $7 purchase fee, the total comes to $231.30, meaning customers effectively get $18.70 for nothing. Customers can purchase up to five gift cards, meaning if someone were to buy five $250 cards, they'd save $93.50.</p> <p>“After a summer of spending, we know that our customers are looking for extra value in everything they buy and this is the ultimate way we can help them save on their everyday purchases,” Coles general manager of non-food Jonathan Torr said.</p> <p>“It’s very simple to purchase a Coles Mastercard Gift Card and take advantage of this special, you just need to buy it in store.”</p> <p>Coles revealed this is the first time in retail history that a retail Mastercard has been discounted. While Myer as run promotions in the past where shoppers are offered a bonus $10 gift card for every $100 spent on gift cards, the Mastercard promotion isn't limited to a certain store.</p> <p>“Coles Mastercard Gift Cards are accepted anywhere that accepts Mastercard so the possibilities on what and where customers can save with this special are endless,” Torr added.</p> <p>Shoppers have been urged to come in quick as it's only while stocks last.</p>

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Seniors’ tips for switching energy providers

<p><span>The kids have moved on, you’re getting ready for retirement or have already done so – now it’s time to start thinking about you. Time to get out and have some fun, look after yourself, and avoid overspending unnecessarily.</span></p> <p><span>One of the ways you can cut back on the spending is by <a rel="noopener" href="https://goswitch.com.au/" target="_blank">switching energy providers</a>. Although it won’t make you rich, even saving $50-$100 a month can make a huge difference in your retirement fund. And it’s a fast and easy way to save. Before you switch though, there are a few things you need to take into account.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Understand your current plan</span></strong></p> <p><span>To start with, check your contract to see if there are any clauses that may prevent you from switching or that result in a fee if you do so. This could be included on your bill or you can give them a call and ask. Better that you understand this up-front than to be surprised down the track.</span></p> <p><span>Now, before you switch to another plan, get to know what you’re currently dealing with. You can’t get a better deal if you don’t know what you’re paying right now. Your bill should include a <em>daily supply charge</em> – which is a fixed charge to supply electricity to your property; and a <em>usage charge</em> – the charge you pay for the electricity, based on cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh).</span></p> <p><span>Some bills may also include a <em>single rate</em>, so you pay the same amount regardless of the time of day, <em>time of use</em> which is different rates during peak and off-peak, and <em>controlled load</em> – one rate for general use and another for specific appliances. Understanding what you pay now will help you through the next step...</span></p> <p><strong><span>Know your entitlements</span></strong></p> <p><span>Did you know that once you have a Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card, you’re entitled to a Government discount? Ah, the benefits of getting older and wiser. Here’s a breakdown of the states:</span></p> <p><strong><span>NSW: </span></strong><span>In New South Wales, seniors receive a $200 discount, paid directly into the concession card holder’s account. </span></p> <p><strong><span>ACT:</span></strong><span> ACT offers seasonal discounts of $2.88183 per day during winter, and $0.76925 a day during summer. </span></p> <p><strong><span>WA: </span></strong><span>In Western Australia, the energy assistance payment is $305 per quarter. </span></p> <p><strong><span>SA:</span></strong><span> South Australia offers a direct daily rate cut of $0.634.</span></p> <p><strong><span>QLD: </span></strong><span>Queensland is around $340 per quarter, or </span>$0.8489 per day.</p> <p><strong>VIC: </strong>Victorians receive a 17.5% discount annually off their total bill and an extra $0.09053 off their daily rates, for electricity bills below $482.90. If your bill is more than that, you can apply for the Excess Electricity Concession.</p> <p><span>Other discounts are available as well depending on the service carrier, so do your research.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839821/goswitch-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/04cc6129ff8a4d30b4e2f714f0e780f0" /></span></p> <p><strong><span>Compare, compare, compare</span></strong></p> <p><span>Anyone can call you up and say, “Hey, have we got a great deal for you!” But let’s face it: in this day and age you really want to be doing your research before you take their word for it.</span></p> <p><span>Using a <a rel="noopener" href="https://goswitch.com.au/compare-electricity/" target="_blank">comparison tool</a> that allows you to see the different prices, features and benefits of each energy option is your best bet. It’s a great way to determine what you want versus what you need versus what they’re trying to sell you. You can work out how much money you’ll save per quarter, find out the exact features in each plan, and learn about a range of special discounts each provider offers.</span></p> <p><span>And don’t forget to check if they have Plans for Seniors! You’ll save even more.</span></p> <p><strong><em><span>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </span></em></strong><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://goswitch.com.au/" target="_blank"><strong><em>GoSwitch</em></strong></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></span></p>

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Road rules change that has seen speeding fines triple

<p>They look like regular cars parked on the side of the road.</p> <p>But in fact they're part of dozens of mobile speed cameras, catching unknowing drivers more often than ever before.</p> <p>According to 9News, the NSW Government's overhaul of the speed camera program, which includes removing warning signs, stripping back vehicle markings, and increasing enforcement time on our roads, is having a massive impact.</p> <p>The amount of fines handed out per month has more than tripled since the changes were put in place, with revenue surging to a record high of almost $2.5 million in December.</p> <p>In comparison, the figure was under $400,000 for the same month in the previous year.</p> <p>The State Government claims the changes to mobile speed cameras will ensure safety on our roads, but critics believe keeping the camera visible is a more effective way to change driver behaviour.</p> <p>NRMA's Peter Khoury says removing warning signs eliminates the opportunity to educate drivers about speeding in real time.</p> <p>"Is it a good policy? Well no, it's not. Will it save lives? Probably not," he said.</p> <p>"We've lost all of that education, we still have the enforcement but all too often people don't find out they've done the wrong thing until two to three weeks later [when they receive a fine in the mail]."</p> <p>NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole announced changes to the mobile speed camera program on public safety grounds on November 19 last year.</p>

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Mind blown: Woman reveals little-known gift card hack

<p>Got some leftover gift cards from Christmas and not sure what to spend it on?</p> <p>An Australian model has revealed an amazing "life hack" for those looking to spend them.</p> <p>Taking to TikTok, Alex Davidson explained that many gift cards don't have to be used within the shopping centre that issued them.</p> <p>“I feel like this is a life hack so imma share,” she wrote in the caption.</p> <p>Davidson revealed the cards can be used anywhere that has EFTPOS, not just at the shopping centre they came from.</p> <p>Which means you can use Westfield gift cards to pay for petrol.</p> <p>She came across the revelation after an employer tried to pay her in gift cards and told her they could be used outside the centre.</p> <p>“They’re actually just EFTPOS gift cards,” she said.</p> <p>“Most shopping centres just label the cards themselves with their logo or shopping centre names, but it’s usually like an EFTPOS gift card.</p> <p>“I just thought I’d let you all know that when people are giving you gift cards for shopping centres as a whole, it’s kind of annoying, I don’t really enjoy that.</p> <p>“But they’re literally an EFTPOS gift card, it is not just for the shopping centres.”</p> <p>The video has been viewed over 230,000 times with workers jumping in the comments to confirm the news.</p> <p>“I actually tell this to all my customers, you are very correct. It’s just an EFTPOS card,” one person said.</p> <p>“I work in a shopping centre that’s not Westfield but I let people use their Westfield cards all the time,” another added.</p> <p>Others called it “so smart” and said their “mind is blown” while some said the hack didn’t work for them.</p> <p>“I tried this and they said no,” a TikTok user replied.</p> <p>On Westfield's website, they confirm that the hack is correct.</p> <p>The shopping centre states their cards are “redeemable at participating retailers in Australia with EFTPOS facilities.</p> <p>“For this reason, we do not feature a definitive list of retailers outside of Westfield on our website for our card – It will work in the same capacity as an everyday debit card,” he said.</p> <p>“Gift Card acceptance is at the retailer’s discretion and some retailers may choose not to accept the Westfield Gift Card.”</p>

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“If you pay up, I’ll shut up”

<p>A woman is in a vicious battle with her bank after they informed her she’d have to travel to Japan to cash in 30-year-old cheques.</p> <p>Joy Gordon, 78, told <em>A Current Affair</em> she finds the situation “just stupid. Insane.”</p> <p>"It's my money. I'd like it please."</p> <p>Ms Gordon has been trying to cash old cheques she believes would be valued at over $1000 now, for over 18 months.</p> <p>The bizarre scenario began when the 78-year-old attempted to cash in the cheques in September 2019 at a Travelex, a company that sells foreign currency to travellers.</p> <p>She had been waiting for years for the currency to improve but was firmly turned away and told to send her cheques to a bank in Japan. she said would be valued over $1000 now.</p> <p>Ms Gordon told the Channel 9 program she did indeed send her mail to a Japanese bank, but when her mail came back unopened, she went to ANZ as they had sold her the traveller’s cheques over 30 years ago.</p> <p>The woman says she was again told by ANZ the only way they could be processed is if they were sent to Japan.</p> <p>She was later told to go to Japan herself if she wanted her money bank.</p> <p>"Due to the high value of the cheque, ANZ Japan have confirmed you will need to be in attendance in their branch, before they will process the cheque,” an email addressed to Ms Gordon from ANZ read.</p> <p>"By time you pay for airfare and accommodation, quarantine in Japan, quarantine back here in Brisbane, the cost of that far exceeds the previous value of the traveller's cheques," Ms Gordon said.</p> <p>Travel expert Quentin Long told<em> A Current Affair</em> that purchasing foreign currency in the form of a cheque is a much safer decision than using actual cash.</p> <p>"They're meant to be a legal currency that has no end date, so theoretically you can cash them at any stage," he said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839755/sponarticle10-7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/88bfa9b8c77141cbad3e40f18e9a1e9c" /></p> <p><em>Quentin Long for A Current Affair. Image: Channel 9</em></p> <p>Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case for Ms Gordon, who despite having her paperwork, was still turned away.</p> <p>But this doesn't appear to be the case for Ms Gordon, even though she said she has the paperwork to prove she got her traveller's cheques from her local<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/anz" target="_blank" title="ANZ">ANZ</a><span> </span>branch 30 years ago.</p> <p>Jo Ucukalo from<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://handlemycomplaint.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Handle My Complaint">Handle My Complaint</a><span> </span>told the Channel 9 program that the problem stems from the traveller’s cheques being in Japanese Yen.</p> <p>"If they'd been in Australian or American dollars it probably wouldn't have been an issue," she said.</p> <p>However she went on to say: "The bank seems to be coming up with a raft of excuses.”</p> <p>"When the traveller's cheques were sold to Joy, she was told that they never expired and she would be able to redeem them all over the world. So why is this any different?</p> <p>"My advice to ANZ is to show some common sense and compassion."</p> <p>ANZ has since honoured the traveller checks and pay Ms Gordon.</p> <p>"We can advise that we have reviewed this matter and, in line with our fairness principles, we have resolved this issue with the customer," an ANZ spokesperson said.</p> <p><strong><em>Statement by an ANZ spokesperson:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Whilst ANZ doesn't discuss the specific details of individual customers, we can advise that we have reviewed this matter and, in line with our fairness principles, we have resolved this issue with the customer. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused Mrs Gordon.</em></p> <p><em>While cases like this are very rare, we will be reviewing our processes to ensure this doesn't happen again.</em></p>

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Aussie company launches fully paid internships for over-55s

<p>Advertising agency Thinkerbell has launched a new internship aimed specifically at Australians over the age of 55.</p> <p>The eight-week fully paid program called<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://thinkerbell.com/?thrive=true" target="_blank">Thrive@55</a><span> </span>offers older people in Sydney and Melbourne the opportunity to work across all areas of the business.</p> <p>The aim of the program is to bridge the growing age gap in the advertising, media and public relations industries. It also presents opportunities for companies to tap into a wealth of experience and expertise.</p> <p>Emma O'Leary from Thinkerbell's culture, operations and people team said that the agency wants its teams and clients to benefit from a more diverse staf, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://mumbrella.com.au/thinkerbell-launches-over-55s-internship-to-curb-ageism-643388" target="_blank"><em>Mumbrella</em></a>.</p> <p>“We’ve created this internship program because our older generation are massively underrepresented in the advertising industry, and have a lifetime of experience to bring to our agency, and our industry,” she said.</p> <p>“You could be a retired hotel concierge that’s interested in running our front of house, a detective who wants to do some insights work, or a newspaper cartoonist who’s looking for the next creative challenge.</p> <p>“We don’t mind where your experience comes from, as long as you think you have something to give to our industry.”</p>

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Restaurant staff blown away by enormous tip left by generous customer

<p>A group of restaurant workers was left shocked and amazed when a regular diner left them a hefty tip, then disappeared before they could say thank you.</p> <p>The employees at Eggs Up Grill in South Carolina, USA, said this particular diner always tips well and has been generous even during the pandemic.</p> <p>But they were certainly not expecting his generosity after a meal.</p> <p>After dining at the restaurant, the man left an envelope containing the tip for his $10 meal (AUD $13).</p> <p>Inside was a note, and over $2,000 cash (AUD $2,575), which he wrote should be split among all the staff working.</p> <p>"The gentleman that left the tip is a regular who comes in at least 6 days a week," Eggs Up Grill Managing Partner Adam Bair told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/south-carolina-restaurant-staff-2k-cash-tip-note-regular-customer" target="_blank">Fox News</a><span> </span>via email.</p> <p>"The gentleman paid for his $10 meal and left the envelope with the money and the note without waiting around for his server to open the envelope. We tried to catch him in the parking lot to thank him, but he had already left."</p> <p>The note revealed four servers at the restaurant received $400 (AUD $515), with the rest of the cash split between other staff based on the hours worked.</p> <p>While staff considered him a generous customer, no one was expecting the enormous tip he had left.</p> <p>"It was very surprising. It made a huge impact on all of us above the monetary value," Bair wrote.</p> <p>"It made the servers feel appreciated during a very turbulent time with COVID. Their tips have gone down tremendously and I know the money was very much needed. It was perfect timing."</p> <p>The tip was allegedly left as part of the 'Just Be Nice Challenge' which encourages diners to leave large tips for their servers.</p> <p>Now, staff are keen to see the man again to say thank you.</p> <p>Waitress Selene Montalvo told WYFF4: "He paid most of my bills this month, and that's why I can't wait to see him to really thank him."</p>

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"Above and beyond": Woolies worker's simple act of kindness

<p>A Woolies checkout operator has been praised for her generous deed after a relieved mother shared the experience online.</p> <p>The mum was a few dollars short and asked the woman at the checkout to remove an item so that she could afford the bill.</p> <p>The checkout worker disappeared and returned with $2 in hand and covered the difference in the bill.</p> <p>“My husband took our daughter to my in-laws so I could clean the house and have a little me time,” Jessica Hayat Atalla began in the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/515507852491119/permalink/725151458193423" target="_blank">post</a><span> </span>on the Facebook group The Kindness Pandemic.</p> <p>“Pretty much the first alone time I have had at home since she was born 10 months ago (and the longest we have ever been apart!),” the Woolies customer continued.</p> <p>“So I was a little excited , even though I missed her soooo much !</p> <p>“After I finished cleaning I walked across the road to the local Woolworths to pick up some afternoon treats but in my excitement I had left my wallet in the car, which my husband was driving, as it has the (baby’s) car seat.</p> <p>“I had a little bit of cash but ended up also getting some cleaning supplies and was just short.</p> <p>“I asked the young lady at the self checkout if she could remove one item as I didn’t have my wallet and I didn’t have enough cash on me.</p> <p>“She told me to hold on and I was thinking maybe she needed to get a senior staff member to remove the item, instead she came back with two dollars which was more than I needed and she even told me to keep the change.</p> <p>“It really made my day!!</p> <p>“Thank you so much the kind gesture was very appreciated.”</p> <p>The post was a hit with members of the group, with the post racking up more than 3,000 likes.</p> <p>Woolworths was impressed with the worker's kind act and wanted to find the worker so it could offer a reward.</p> <p>“At Woolworths, our teams strive to bring a little good to everyone everyday, and this is yet another great example,” a spokesperson told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/business/retail/woolies-worker-pays-for-womans-grocery-when-she-cant-afford-it-goes-viral-c-2045503" target="_blank">7NEWS.com.au.</a></p> <p>“It was a very thoughtful gesture and we’re glad it was well-received by the customer.</p> <p>“We’d love to hear from the customer directly, so we can recognise the team member for going above and beyond.”</p>

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"Particularly appalling": Petrol prices set to soar before long weekend

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Petrol prices are set to soar as Aussies get prepared for the long weekend.</p> <p>Peter Khoury from the NRMA in Sydney told<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>that most capital cities will see prices above 140 cents a litre, and branded the hike "appalling".</p> <p>"It's particularly appalling," Mr Khoury said, adding "I would be social distancing myself from all companies from the next week or so at least.</p> <p>"The price cycles in Australia are now defying gravity. They are going up three times faster than they fall.</p> <p>"It's absurd in the middle of a pandemic to be doing this when we know so many families are struggling. I'm lost for words, to be honest."</p> <p>Sydney is tipped to hit 145 cents a litre, while both Brisbane and Melbourne will see prices of 150 cents a litre.</p> <p>Perth will hit 137.5 cents a litre and Adelaide is a bit lower hitting 139.2 a litre.</p> <p>Canberra and Hobart will hit 125.0 cents a litre and Darwin will have the nation's lowest prices at 119.2 cents a litre.</p> <p>Mr Khoury urged shoppers to use fuel comparison apps to get the most bang for their buck.</p> <p>"We're getting ripped off," he said.</p> <p>"In every one of those cities, there are a whole bunch of servos that are still sitting between $1 and $1.10 some $1.15, go and find them. Fill up there.</p> <p>"Drive past the $1.50 servos, don't give them your business, go to the cheaper servos... as long as we put our money into those servos we will keep having some degree of competition."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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