Newspaper Article – Leather Cheque

Hastings butcher John Tobin got more than he bargained for when his friend John Hunt paid him for his Christmas meat order.

Mr Hunt, a leather worker, thought he’d like to put “The other side of the animal” into Mr Tobin’s shop, so presented him with a leather cheque, cut in the shape of a buffalo.

Mr Hunt’s 13-year-old son Glenn drew the buffalo, and Mr Hunt made it up as “a bit of a joke.”

“We’re always playing jokes on each other,” he said.

The cheque was accepted by the Bank of New Zealand yesterday, but they have returned it to Mr Tobin to hang on the wall of his shop.

Picture shows: Miss Joanne Charlton, A BNZ teller, pictured holding the cheque for $81.68, yesterday.

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Text on cheque –

Pay Tobin’s Tasty Meats ltd.
The sum of Eighty one dollars and sixty eight cents   $81.68
Huntsman Leather   JA Hunt
020644  0091817 00”

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Tobin's Meats Ltd

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  • Miss Joanne Charlton
  • Glenn Hunt
  • John Hunt
  • John Tobin

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