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Rugby fan gets apology after RWC shop refuses Scottish bank notes

Rugby fan gets apology after RWC shop refuses Scottish bank notes

A Scottish rugby fan has received an apology after being told he couldn't buy World Cup merchandise with Scottish bank notes.

Peter Mechan, a Milton Keynes-based IT project manager, was informed by staff in the RWC shop at Tuesday's Fiji v Uruguay match that they had been told not to accept any Scottish notes.

He filmed the incident at the Stadium mk and subsequently complained to the RWC 2015 Shop.

Mr Mechan told STV on Thursday he had received an apology from an official at the tournament's Twickenham-based retail division.

But he said he was still angry at the fashion in which he had been treated.

via STV via STV

A spokesman for the RWC Shop told STV: "We are aware of what happened after Tuesday's game.

"This has been a miscommunication at one of our outlets [at the Stadium MK].

"This incident was a one-off and we obviously wish it hadn't happened.

"But we have had thousands of Scottish supporters in England for the World Cup and we do accept Scottish money."

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Mr Mechan confirmed that a Rugby World Cup Shop official had been in touch with him.

But he said: "He just phoned me and did apologise, but he has not talked directly with the shop's manager at the stadium who I was told issued the advice to her staff.

"So he doesn't actually know for sure that it was a 'miscommunication'.

"His apology also doesn't make up for the embarrassment or the public insult to me and my country."

  (Peter Mechan)
via STV via STV

He added: "It also doesn't make up for the fact that I had to change my money in what I am told is MY own country - the UK - in order to buy something.

"I want to speak to the local manager and get an apology from her."

Scotland have the chance to secure their qualification for the quarter-finals of the event by beating Samoa on Saturday.

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