CANADA (KRON) — Canadians are boldly marking their bills in ways officials have never gone before, and it’s stirring up currency controversy.
Canadian Star Trek fans are paying tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, who played the highly logical Mr. Spock, by converting seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the country’s $5.00 bill into Spock’s image.
But executives at the Bank of Canada executives aren’t impressed with their doodles. They’re now urging Star Trek fans to stop defacing currency, according to the Toronto Sun.
Large numbers of the notes in circulation now show Laurier with Spock’s pointy ears and sideburns, trademark haircut and eyebrows, a Star Trek badge and the character’s mantra “live long and prosper.”
The Sun says Bank of Canada spokeswoman, Josianne Menard, has confirmed the stunt is not illegal, but she urges Spock fans to stop.
“It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes,” Menard said. “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.”
Menard warns that Spock-ifying a note may also make it unacceptable 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,” Menard said.