A hairdresser was fined $4,000 yesterday for trying to pay for a bag with a home-made $500 note. Tsang Man-hon, 30, pleaded guilty in Eastern Court to a charge of tendering counterfeit notes. He made the note by sticking half of a real $500 note on an old $5 note, out of circulation since 1975. He admitted using the fake $500 when he tried to buy a $30 bag from Vietnamese hawker Le Thi Thu Hang in Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, on October 8. Tsang's note was immediately found to be a fake by the hawker. Tsang ran off, but was caught and arrested by a patrolling police constable. Under caution, the defendant admitted the offence, the court heard. Sentencing Tsang, magistrate William Lam Kui-po said the note was so obviously fake as to be easily identified. In view of his early guilty plea and clean record, the magistrate fined Tsang $4,000. In mitigation, Tsang's counsel, Munira Moosdeen, said Tsang lost his wallet containing $4,500 a few days before the incident. When he collected it from police, all his money save for a torn $500 note was gone. Tsang was upset about it and made the fake in order to get $470 change from the hawker.