Beware the colour of money

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 January, 1998, 12:00am

A large number of video-game amusement centres have adopted a practice which would seem to worsen the coin-shortage problem.

At amusement centres in various parts of Hong Kong over the past three months, I have observed many operators paint one-dollar coins in various colours - red, green, blue, black, - to deter people from taking them away for outside use.

This practice must reduce the number of one-dollar coins available for general use, and I wonder whether the relevant government department is aware of this, and whether there is any legislation preventing such a practice.

Anthony T.Y. Wong Central