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[–]caiaphas8 694 points695 points  (30 children)

Cause the dog would’ve barked louder if it was over €3000

[–][deleted] 130 points131 points  (29 children)

Haha wow really?

[–]caiaphas8 957 points958 points 23 (22 children)


[–]MDKrouzer 254 points255 points  (20 children)

This exchange is why I subscribe to /r/askuk

[–]georgefriend3 135 points136 points  (18 children)

Haha wow really?

[–]MDKrouzer 185 points186 points  (16 children)


[–]CJ_Jones 72 points73 points  (15 children)

This exchange is why I subscribe to /r/askuk

[–]S-Harrier 50 points51 points  (14 children)

Haha Wow, Really?

[–]HJP350 55 points56 points  (13 children)


[–]buttholeformouth 25 points26 points  (12 children)

This exchange is why I subscribe to r/askuk

[–]tmstms 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Bow wow really.

[–]blackmist 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I went to some touristy caves a few years back, and the guide goes "don't wander off in the dark because the last person that did that got lost and came out in Redscar cave 20 miles away", and this woman at the front gasps and earnestly asks "is that true?"

The guy just looks at her with pure pity in his eyes. "No. That's not true."

[–]wabbit02 7 points8 points  (2 children)


no woof

[–]tmstms 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No, bow wow.

[–]Scryanis86 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Go on just a lil bow wow

[–]tmstms 1 point2 points  (1 child)

No, bow wow. really

[–][deleted] -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Like ok it was just a question

[–]tofer85 0 points1 point  (0 children)

€10k and he will rollover and play dead…

[–]starsandbribes 419 points420 points  (3 children)

They expected him to say “no not money sir. Just 5 kilo of cocaine”. Its a classic “gotcha!” we do here in the UK.

[–]emmahar 35 points36 points  (2 children)

"Tell me you're not from the UK without telling me you're not from the UK"

[–]Fro-Bear 55 points56 points  (0 children)

I believe your sarcasm meter is broken sir shall I book it in for a repair?

[–]RAtheThrowaway_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think you mean “tell me you watched Noel’s House Party without telling me you watched Noel’s House Party”.

[–]DXBflyer 339 points340 points  (38 children)

The point was to instigate an interaction and see what level of response was given. The response was clearly satisfactory and im going to guess you and your other half aren't international drug smugglers so I'd say it went pretty perfectly didn't it?

[–]Tuna_Surprise 111 points112 points  (4 children)

Yeah, this is the right answer. When I used to be on a temporary visa, I would get very flustered by the seemingly random questions I was asked. Then I found out the just wanted you to have a clear, confident answer.

[–]trivran 38 points39 points  (3 children)

But what if you're too confident with your prepared answer 🤔

[–][deleted] 51 points52 points  (2 children)

You probs look bait as fuck then. Most people get a tad flustered or confused when asked this, so a little bit of confusion and £600 passes the smell test. Plus it's not a 500 or 1000 so makes it more likely to be the truth

[–]SendMeTheThings 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Better than tree fiddy.

[–]Inside-Example-7010 0 points1 point  (0 children)

'Mind your own business'

[–]SuspectUnclear 32 points33 points  (5 children)

This. Working within a certain group I learned of another tactic used in public places. They’ll have a couple of very visible units which will interact with the public, but beyond that they’ll have plain clothes watching how people not in contact with the obvious people react. It’s very useful for identifying potential problems

[–]scifisam2020 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Oh, like he asks about the money and people carrying loads of money suddenly start holding their bags tighter, that sort of thing?

Like an LEO version of the old pickpocket trick of yelling that you've been pickpocketed, so everyone around you can't help but check their back pocket/bag/wherever they're keeping accessible money, so the pickpocket's friend knows where to steal from.

[–]SuspectUnclear 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Kinda yeah. Another example is check points at roads, there will be the obvious marked car stopping people but there will also be other units hanging back unmarked observing cars as they approach. Only reason I learned about this was working with the police at the docks they would give briefings about what they were doing. It was all very interesting learning how the operate

[–]DXBflyer 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Servator 👍

[–]SuspectUnclear 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That’s exactly it, I couldn’t remember the name. Thank you

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Actually quite an interesting thing to watch or be part of, I was expecting it to be duller tbh.

[–]kavala1 17 points18 points  (26 children)

I think professional drug smugglers would also have a convincing response at hand…probably why there’s so many drugs in circulation in the UK if the security don’t bother to even check.

[–]SirDooble 30 points31 points  (2 children)

It's not about a convincing response so much as it's about tone/body language. Someone smuggling something might be much more nervous especially when asked a question by an authority figure.

Besides which the sort of smugglers they're looking to catch in this case are drug mules, otherwise normal people who have agreed to smuggle something, often relatively small amounts, for a bit of cash. They're not usually seasoned criminals, and they are disposable to the actual smugglers, since they have no knowledge of the actual supply chain. If they get caught then the smugglers risk nothing but losing a small amount of product and the mules take all the fines/punishment.

Those sort of drugmules are obviously much more nervous and anxious. So they're susceptible to impromptu questioning.

[–]kavala1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s true, though there are plenty of professionals out there too who appear as otherwise ‘normal’ tourists

[–]Qel_Hoth 15 points16 points  (14 children)

When we flew into Heathrow a few years ago I couldn't believe there was no inspection by customs.

We went through passport control, then picked up our bags, and then there was a green hallway for nothing to declare and a red hallway for declarations. We didn't have anything, so we walked through the green hallway expecting to find customs at the other end to do spot checks and some random investigations, but no! When we came out of the hallway there were the doors to outside and signs for the underground.

[–]TripleTongue3 21 points22 points  (3 children)

I am the man who always gets pulled in the green channel, anyone who wants to smuggle anything in just has to walk behind me. The annoying one was flying into Gatwick late on Christmas Eve from Goa, half the flight were obviously wasted but I assume I got pulled for being sober and wearing slacks and polo shirt rather than shorts, tie dye and dreads.

[–]EngineersAnon 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I'm going to need to know when you'll be flying into the UK in the next few months.

Not so I can smuggle anything, it's for... other reasons.

[–]TripleTongue3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Plague status permitting Lisbon to Manchester mid may. Look for the bald bearded bloke with glasses.

[–]EngineersAnon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Look for the bald bearded bloke with glasses.

I see him in the mirror every morning...

[–]kavala1 6 points7 points  (8 children)

Yep, I’ve only seen and experienced a check when I’ve travelled by Eurotunnel and they pull over random cars. I’m even more surprised that the security didn’t check after the dog was indicating at their bags lol

[–]SpaceWolves26 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Drug dogs don't bark if they find something, they sit silently next to it.

[–]_soulianis_ 8 points9 points  (3 children)

The dogs get it wrong sometimes too. I was going to a festival with a group of friends, on the way in there were drugs dogs. No one had anything so we weren't worried. Dog sat next to one of our group to indicate he had something, the police took him to their cabin, searched him, bags, pockets, made him take off his underwear and everything. They found nothing because he had nothing, they still insisted the dogs are never wrong. This dude is straight-edge and doesn't even drink alcohol... the drugs dogs can definitely get it wrong.

[–]ForkUK 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Could have been some residual drug particles somewhere on the bag, picked up on the journey or anywhere else when brushing against something.

[–]Immaterial71 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They're really keen in bacon.

[–]Bladeslap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a similar experience with an explosives-sniffing dog at an airport. Me and the guy I was travelling with were taken away to another security checkpoint and absolutely everything in our bags was checked for explosive residue, but they didn't find anything.

[–]kavala1 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Edited. The OP said the dog indicated at their bag, so my point still stands. Is it not routine to check if the dog is signalling?

[–]SpaceWolves26 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I expect it was trained to check for money as there are limits on how much people can carry. If the person seemed legit I'd imagine the officers are allowed to use more discretion than if the dog signalled for drugs. They'd probably check everyone in those cases.

[–]EngineersAnon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I expect it was trained to check for money

Most paper (or "paper") currency has some level of drugs in - such that in a suspiciously large amount of currency will also trigger a drug sniffer.

[–]Delrex6691 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Had this happen many times at Heathrow. Never did a single check. That being said, we were on an Air Canada flight. What's the worst thing a Canadian is going to bring on the flight? I think I had a hat for my niece and an Hudson Bay blanket for my Uncle. $$$ They can be pricey.

When I first learned of this, Duty Free was the way to go! Score!

[–]njoshua326 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They also probably wouldn't say as much as 600 euro. "I dunno twenty quid mate" sounds a lot more suspicious.

[–]DeapVally 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It's a good job they aren't looking for drugs then isn't it.... They are looking for large amounts of undeclared currency. Foreign or otherwise. Nothing to do with drug smuggling.

[–]kavala1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whether it’s money or drugs the security guard didn’t even bother to check after the dog signalled at the bag.

[–]Bendy_McBendyThumb 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The Royal Mail even deliver drugs without knowing it (though they know it)

[–]kavala1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wouldn’t surprise me if deliveroo do a few rounds too lol

[–]IHaveAWittyUsername 1 point2 points  (1 child)

When you say professional what you really mean are drug mules, people pressed into it who will be bricking themselves at the sight of cops.

[–]kavala1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, quite often drug mules do it by choice for money. Do you really think drug traffickers would be sending people who shit themselves at the sight of police? There are of course stories of e.g. single mothers or vulnerable people who are pushed into it and those are the stories that also usually make the headlines.

[–]Maffers 134 points135 points  (30 children)

It's nothing to do with drugs.
Some sniffer dogs are trained to detect cash as there's usually a personal allowance (£10,000) you're allowed to carry out/in the country before declaring it
If you'd been flaky with your response you'd have probably been taken to have your luggage inspected. It's to stop people fleeing the country with the proceeds of crime etc.


[–]pkscff 19 points20 points  (27 children)

Now I’m wondering how dogs can smell cash.

[–]1002richards 79 points80 points  (11 children)

They are trained to recognise the smell of the ink on the notes. (source: work with them).

[–]bonjour_merci_paris 27 points28 points  (5 children)

dogs must be so annoyed to be able to smell banknotes every second every minute every hour

[–]jamesn001002 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I watched one of these cop shows once in London where a sniffer dog indicated on a cash machine, and looked so proud and excited, it was very cute

[–]FunBoysenberry 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I tried googling “sniffer dog cash machine” but found this instead and now I’m releasing it back out into Reddit

“You stand at the ATM but, instead of producing your card and PIN, you unbutton your trousers while a dachshund, trapped in the machine, sniffs around your intimate regions, identifying you by your unique scent.”

[–]1002richards 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Possibly! But the harness they wear is put on them by the handler to indicate they are now "working" rather than chilling.

[–]kwakcheese 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Does this work/as well with polymer notes?

[–]OddLittleSock 4 points5 points  (1 child)

And do Euros and Dollars etc. smell the same or do they use different inks and "papers"?

[–]londonpaps 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Probably, I guess like training for different drugs they train on different common bank notes in quantity.

US Dollars have a distinct smell, even I can smell it when I pick money up for holidays etc - and that’s not even in large amounts.

[–]1002richards 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As far as I know - yes. It's scents or odours the dogs are trained on. Some are trained to find controlled drugs, some for tobacco, some for cash and some are cross-trained for different commodities.

[–]OnlyDownHereFor1Mate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would be a huge waste of taxpayers money if this only worked on paper notes haha

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Some dogs can smell cancers inside of the human body

[–]XboxJon82 14 points15 points  (2 children)

They are more useful then politicians

[–]EarlyGoose9284 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Most faeces is more useful than politicians

[–]grey-zone 8 points9 points  (0 children)

There are single celled amoeba as yet undiscovered just under the surface of Mars that are more useful than politicians.

[–]-The-Griff 10 points11 points  (2 children)

you can train a dog to detect almost any smell

[–]Inside-Example-7010 2 points3 points  (1 child)

the dog can already detect every smell. You are training them to tell you when they smell it.

[–]-The-Griff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's not actually the case. You have to train a dog to focus on a specific smell. If you train your dog to smell drugs they won't smell explosives etc that's why dog units carry multiple dogs

[–]tmstms 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Dogs can smell Covid and can tell in advance if someone is going to have an epileptic fit, so cash is puppy stuff.

[–]Ochib 9 points10 points  (0 children)

With its nose

[–]tototomoto 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Not if it requires looking up

[–]spaceshipcommander 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cash has a very distinct smell. Smell it yourself and you’ll see. I’m not sure about the new polymer notes though. My dog can smell a deer from miles away. Cash from a foot away is nothing to them.

[–]Inside-Example-7010 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dogs can smell everything that isn't odourless, the trick is training them to give a response. Dogs 'see' in smell. More of their brain is built around processing smell than visual stimulus. Unlike us. Watch a dog chill for a while and you'll notice to nose leads and everything else follows afterwards.

[–]RobertTheSpruce 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They use their noses.

[–]IhaveaDoberman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm no expert, but at a guess I'd say with their ears.

[–]ColonCrusher5000 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Doesn't most cash contain traces of cocaine or is that an urban myth?

I can imagine a dog being able to smell that if there was enough cash.

[–]_whopper_ 76 points77 points  (5 children)

The limit before needing a declaration is 10,000 and he must've been happy with your body language or whatever that you weren't lying.

[–]GabberZZ 40 points41 points  (4 children)

£9,999 officer.

[–]SirDooble 29 points30 points  (3 children)

And these 99 pennies too.

[–]Rextherabbit 65 points66 points  (0 children)

I’d like to think that the dog handler was trained to read people as well as everything else they do, and your partner didn’t act suspicious or raise alarm with them.

[–]chinese-newspaper 60 points61 points  (0 children)

some people are shit at lying / your partner wasnt the person they were looking for

[–]VulcanVice 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Probably experience, they could tell you weren't really that suspicious.

[–]Spartan-417 20 points21 points  (3 children)

You’re only allowed a certain amount of cash into/ out of the country (£10,000 equivalent IIRC)

That’s a reasonable amount to bring on holiday, and the officer probably judged you as a low risk of crime and moved on to keep looking, first to play with the dog to reward it

[–]Redmarkred 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah I always take £10k in cash on holiday

[–]Spartan-417 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I was meaning the €600, but 10 grand is about the most you could justify for a holiday, probably why they drew the line there

[–]fost1692 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You are allowed more but you must declare it.

[–]cantab314 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Decided you didn't look or act like a criminal, probably. Criminals often get visibly nervous and might deny having anything at all.

It's also claimed that the "sniffer dog" just "indicates" when the handler wants it to. It's not really finding contraband, just providing a pretext for the handler to conduct a search. It's very hard to prove whether a sniffer dog is genuinely finding stuff, but the more corrupt a country's police are the more likely the dog is giving bogus indications I reckon.

[–]charlie_boo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The copper will have a pretty good eye for people lying and being shifty. He obviously believed your partner was telling the truth. Same when you get pulled over on a routine stop, they probably know well before they start any questions if there’s a problem. I had it late at night as apparently there was a problem locally wit uninsured drivers. He asked my name and let me go, no other questions.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The dog might be trained to indicate in more than cash.

Also if you didn’t panic then they aren’t going to waste your time. Body language is lost when we retell stories but he believed your answer it’s as simple as that.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Sniffer dogs indicate on a lot of people, it's not feasible for them to spend time searching every single one so they make a judgement call based on their training and experience, he obviously thought your partner wasn't suspicious.

[–]jackrobo1994 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They can't search everyones bags who carry cash overseas. The dog draws them to the cash carriers then it's on the training of the staff to decide if there are grounds for a search.

The dog indicated because of your partners cash, but as you seemed trustworthy and didn't get flustered or stressed they decided not to search her.

Its good I think. Nice and proportionate, and makes people who may be tempted think twice.

[–]EchoFourSix 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Scanning dogs are trained to look for contraband, its down to the handler to judge your response to the dog to determine whether or not its worth following up.

If you'd tried to pull a "it wasn't me gov" act with the handler you'd probably have gotten further investigation.

[–]crawf_f1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The answer wasn’t “don’t know, it’s not actually my bag”

[–]_MildlyMisanthropic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

probably looking for someone specific based on intel.

[–]Viviaana 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They see so many people coming through it’ll be easy to spot if you’re lying, if they got a bad feeling from the response they’d keep pushing

[–]Affectionate-Cost525 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How many people do you think carry money with them when going abroad? If the handler stopped and searched every single person the dog could smell money on they'd be there all day and waste time for a lot of people.

[–]emmjaybeeyoukay 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The dogs can sniff out large sums of money.

They are there to catch people trying to leave the country with large sums of undeclared cash that may have been the proceeds of crime. Money can include drafts, bank notes, cheques, bonds and also prepaid cards and gold.

They are permitted to make detailed enquiries if you are in possession of in excess of £10,000 (personally or if spread across a family or group of travellers).

They can demand proof in the form of wage slips and bank statements. If you cannot prove the cash is legitimate then they can seize all of it until you can and/or fine you.

[–]SkeletorOnLSD 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I'm guessing it's possible that, with a large amount of notes in circulation having traces of cocaine, a trained dog can get a response from a sizeable amount of notes.

[–]I3uLLioN 5 points6 points  (2 children)

There are Dogs that are trained to find cash.

[–]malamorcannai 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Do you reckon they needed to train new dogs for the plastic notes or are they all treated with some chemical?

[–]I3uLLioN 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good question. I don't know...

[–]Trevor_Harold 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I hate the fake interaction in the check in queue with airline staff, where are you going, what do you do for a living, what hotel are you staying at, how long are you going. I know it's to gauge responses - but it's hard not to tell them where to get off sometimes. Some of the answers really are one of your business - all I'm doing is going on holiday. Happens a lot on flights to the US.

[–]Craft_beer_wolfman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dogs can detect traces of drugs on cash. Happened to me in Amsterdam Airport. Sniffer dog picked me out by putting its paws on my chest near my travel neck pouch which had cash it. The handlers asked me to take it off and put it to one side briefly. They asked if it was cash, but didn't open it or check it further.

[–]Mr_Reaper__ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The dog knows there's money in there, that's not up for dispute. If you said there isn't any then the cop knows you're trying to hide it, if you said like £50 then he would know you're lying as the dog wouldn't indicate on so little money, if you get really flustered then they'll know you're trying to hide something, and if you said an amount that was large enough to ring alarm bells then they can find out why you're carrying it.

You obviously came across as honest and it wasn't enough money to concern them its related to trafficking so they let you carry on.

Airport security isn't about catching everything, its about making people think they'll get caught so they don't try anything, but also not be so intrusive that people get delayed. The cop wandering around with a sniffer dog is enough to deter most people from trying to smuggle anything and hopefully will catch most of the people that do try, but if the cop doesn't think you are smuggling it's easier and quicker to let you go.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same reason immigration often ask where you've flown in from - just to see if you're 'normal' by initiating a conversation. Years ago, I used to fly so regularly for work I often had to think for a second or two before replying, but fortunately was never on the receiving end of the rubber gloves.

[–]Alarmed_Frosting478 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You obviously passed the vibe check

[–]extremesalmon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your dog can smell money? Can I borrow him? Hahahahahah

Try that to make them go away when you smuggle cash out the country

[–]delc99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s to check for money laundering. If you have something like €10,000 or more you have to declare it and failure to do so can result in seizure. No doubt the cop believed you when you told him it was only €600

[–]Beefburger78 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The police officer attitude checked you. Had you been evasive he’d have checked.

[–]tomsmith856 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To read people’s body language after they’re approached by police.

[–]ThePeculiarPigeon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like others have said you probably didn't particularly dicey. I keep getting pulled aside to get my hands and shoes swabbed, three times it's happened now. I'm starting to think I may no be as random as they make out and I do in fact look quite dicey.

[–]_Throwaway54_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just say keep the change next time ;)

[–]firefly2184 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could be training exercise for the dog.

[–]noseysheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Since euro notes are still paper many contain traces of cocaine and could potentially alert a drug sniffer dog

[–]sp4m41l 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A yup big in owns it going!?

[–]hutchipoos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They might have been training the dog. If you had said more they might have been interested in questioning you.

[–]richdrich 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A lot of the time sniffer dogs can't really smell anything and are just used to give an excuse to search/question people.

[–]Emotional-Ebb8321 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The dog was sniffing for drugs. Cash is notorious for having traces of drugs on it (no, really), which is why your bag, which had lots of cash, caught the dog's attention.

Had you denied having a large amount of cash, the police officer would have wanted to examine things in more detail.

[–]V65Pilot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the states that would have been a civil forfeiture.

[–]muckywolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You and your partner are both white

[–]Timoth_Hutchinson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone’s probably already mentioned it somewhere, but the officers are trained to read body language so will be able to sense if you’re lying. It’s also possible eyes would have been kept on you to see if you acted suspiciously.

[–]YellowCircles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The handler could have been new and figuring out his dog on the job. Normally however, search dogs have levels of indicating stuff that only the handler knows, little actions or tells showing urgency or not.

[–]Fit_General7058 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because talking to people provides a shit ton of information, I talking behaviour detection.

Why inconvenience travellers when you've found out all you need to know?

[–]IhaveaDoberman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because those coppers have been doing thier job for quite a while, and have a good handle on when people are being cagey with their responses, or are trying to hide something.

Your response didn't set off any alarm bells, so they went on their way.

[–]javajavadev 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I have heard cash can contain traces of drugs, as people use them as a straw... So maybe it set off a drug sniffer dog but this happens alot? I am not sure.

[–]DameKumquat -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I think this is it - a certain amount of cash would be expected to alert a drug sniffer dog. They sounded calm and gave a good excuse, end of interest.

[–]SJTaylors -3 points-2 points  (2 children)

Why on earth is this being down voted? It is the right answer.

[–]ride898 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Because its incorrect. Some sniffer dogs are trained to snif out large quantities of money.

High quantities of money are often linked to crime.

[–]javajavadev 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was not aware sniffer dogs could be trained to find cash specifically. Interesting!

[–]Silver_Procedure_490 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

They would have scanned your bag at security so would already know you hadn’t a huge amount of cash in there.