AN American visitor’s holiday funds ran short when banks and hotels around the coast refused to exchange his traveller’s cheques.
Brian Guthrie, from California, bought American Express traveller’s cheques with him during a visit to his daughter in Bellair.
Guthrie said: “I bought them for safety, really, to save me carrying a wedge of euros around with me during my holiday.
“Nobody mentioned that I might have issues exchanging them here in Spain. I tried to change them in a number of banks, and when I had no luck I went to a couple of hotels, but they said no as well.”
He was finally able to find a bank to change the cheques, the BBVA Algeciras branch.
“The clerk said I could cash the cheques there, but there was a really long queue and I needed to drive my daughter to the ferry terminal.
“They told me I would be able to cash them at any branch of BBVA so decided to go to the local branch later in the day.”
On arriving at BBVA Estepona, however, he was told they wouldn’t be able to exchange the cheques.
“In the end I drove back to the Algeciras branch and was finally able to get my money. It’s ironic, really. The advert says ‘don’t leave home without them’ but in my case it would have been better if I did!”