There are typically a lot of things that businesses or government are requesting to be stopped. Some of these things range from changing policies or stopping certain actions from happening. However, there is a unique and hilarious request by one bank in Canada that is infuriating this specific bank.

The Bank of Canada has apparently made it public that they want fans of Star Trek to stop what the bank refers to as spocking their five dollar bills. In case someone is wondering what it means to spock a piece of currency, apparently some people with unique senses of humor have taken the liberty of writing on the money and editing it to make the person on the five look like Spock from Star Trek.


The currently individual who is on the five-dollar bill is the seventh prime minister in Sir Wilfrid Laurier. As of now, however, the former prime minister has a new look with pointy ears, the signature Vulcan haircut and eyebrows and Spock’s mantra and has the mantra written saying live long and prosper.

According to Bank of Canada it’s not illegal to do this but:

“…However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”

The act is not illegal; however, it comes off as extremely unprofessional on the side of the bank to be loaning money or giving deposits of cash with Spock all over the currency. People would most likely treat it as a joke and not even accept such currency, unless it was Spockless to say the least. Snack and drink machines are quite stingy in the bills that they take and permanent marker or even a pen can cause the bill to not be accepted and be a waste of perfectly good money.

As funny as the illustrations are, it is a huge waste of a good five-dollar bill to be using it on a joke of this nature. The creativity of the individual who started this trend should be respected for its unique thinking. This is ultimately a hindrance to banks, however, and an obvious loss of cash so it would be better for this trend to end sooner rather than later.


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