Royal Mail pays £450 compensation for chewed letter

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Bruce Goulborn, a dog owner, has won £450 compensation after his pet chewed a parcel which contained historic £5 notes. This incident took place when the Royal Mail postman dropped the letter through the letter box.

The court on Thursday ordered Royal Mail to pay £450 compensation for the damaged notes which were worth £350.

The collector said that Benny (the dog) chewed two white fivers from the Liverpool branch of the Bank of England. These notes were given to Mr. Goulborn by a client and he had paid for registered delivery.

Royal Mail said that they will cover the losses under the special delivery services, but they argued that Mr Goulborn cannot prove how much he paid for the notes. On the other the hand, Mr. Goulborn showed an invoice saying that the customer had paid £800.

The postal services further argued that, the compensation is paid on the actual loss and it is does not include the cost of acquiring it.

A Royal Mail spokesman said that they will consider the judgment of the court and respond accordingly.

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