A string of supermarkets and stores in Geraldton and Carnarvon have put up signs advising customers against handing over cash that has been stored in their underwear.
Vicki Brand erected a sign at a delicatessen in Bluff Point in Geraldton and said it was common for women to extract sweaty money from their bra.
She said business conditions were tough and she did not want to turn customers away but the practice of keeping cash in underwear was unhygienic.
“I don’t know where the law sits on that sort of thing but I just think it’s a matter of respect,” she said.
“It’s also a hygiene thing.”
The sign at the Mid West deli has had limited success and Ms Brand said they always kept a bottle of antibacterial hand wash close to the register.
“We are not terribly strict with it because … you know, we like the sales of course,” she said.
“But people that are aware of it will pull the money out of their bra before they walk in the shop.”
The move to discourage people from paying for goods with money kept in their underwear has upset some customers in the region in the past.