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Cockney rhyming slang at East End cash machines

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist A cash machine operator has introduced Cockney rhyming slang to two ATMS in the East End. People withdrawing dough at Bow s famous Roman Road Market, on the corner of Grove Road and St Stephen s Road, can chose to have their prompts and o

By Else Kvist

A cash machine operator has introduced Cockney rhyming slang to two ATMS in the East End.

People withdrawing dough at Bow's famous Roman Road Market, on the corner of Grove Road and St Stephen's Road, can chose to have their prompts and options displayed in rhyming slang.

They will be asked to enter their Huckleberry Finn, rather than their Pin, and select how much sausage and mash (cash) they want. They can also expect to see prompts such as a speckled hen (£10), while the machine may inform users that it is contacting their rattle and tank, rather than bank.

The other machine with Cockney rhyming slang is on Commercial Street in Spitalfields, by the corner of Wentworth Street and Fashion Street.

Ron Delnevo, managing director of Bank Machine, said: "Whilst we expect some residents will visit the machine to just have a butcher's, most will be genuinely pleased as this is the first time a financial services provider will have recognised the Cockney language in such a manner."

The ATMs displaying prompts in Cockney are free to use, although the majority of the group's cash machines charge a £1.50 fee. The Cockney language option will be available for 3 months.

Cash points with Cockney rhyming slang have been introduced in Chingford, Walthamstow and Barnet.


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