London shop refuses to serve Judy Murray because of Scottish £10

A campaign has been launched to make Scottish currency legal tender across the UK after Judy Murray was told she couldn't buy doughnuts with it.

The 59-year-old coach – and mother of tennis superstars Andy and Jamie – tried to pay for two doughnuts at a London bakery on Sunday, but was told her Scottish currency was not valid.

Murray, whose sons have won Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon, tweeted: "When you go to pay £9 for 2 donuts (yes, really) in London and your £10 Bank of Scotland note is refused because "we only take British ones".

When you go to pay £9 for 2 donuts (yes, really) in London and your £10 Bank of Scotland note is refused because “we only take British ones”. ?? pic.twitter.com/SCCzIfolDn

— judy murray (@JudyMurray) April 8, 2019

Now a Scottish MP is trying to change the law to have Scottish banknotes accepted throughout the UK and to force businesses to accept them as payment.

Image: Scottish banknotes are legal currency in the UK but, contrary to popular belief, they are not legal tender

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael has lodged a bill in the House of Commons, saying: "It's beyond time we give legal force to the well-known phrase 'that's legal tender, pal'".

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Judy Murray and her son Jamie Murray after he received his OBE in 2016
Image: Judy Murray and her son Jamie after he received his OBE in 2016

Scottish banknotes are legal currency in the UK but, contrary to popular belief, they are not legal tender.

Andy Murray shared a snap with his mum, Judy. Pic: Andy Murray
Image: Judy Murray with son Andy

According to the Royal Mint, the phrase "legal tender" is a narrow technical term referring to the settlement of debts, and in ordinary transactions both parties can agree to accept "any form of payment".

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