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Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it LIPPO CIKARANG - You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

It is completely useless, because those bank notes do not even resemble a proper bank note anymore, but just a piece of crappy old paper that should have been recycled a long time ago, but is still in circulation for unknown reasons. More dirty than the average street dog or the handle on a Jakarta bus, you have to get rid of it again as well.

The most dirty of bank notes you can not pay with once again, because it is a 'shame' to give them to other people again. But you received them in the same condition earlier on, right? So there must be a way to spend them again. There are some neat little tricks for that, very simple and to be used without any problems. The way to get rid of that smelly bundle of paper.

Taped together, bank notes are very hard to spend again.
Taped together, bank notes are very hard to spend again. indahnesia.com

Thick pieces of tape, not always a from that subtle transparent colored tape like you can see above, put two pieces of a bank note together and avoid it from becoming completely worthless for the time being. Yeah, you can trade it for a new one at a regional branch of Bank Indonesia, but for those seven euro cents in value, you would skip that as well.

Too dirty to touch, but still valid as small change.
Too dirty to touch, but still valid as small change. indahnesia.com

Bank notes like the one above you will receive for sure, especially if there is no other way of paying you your change, because such a dirty bank note is not really a good example of politeness. You can notice this when you are waiting for your change; bank notes are often taken from the bottom of the bunch, not from the top. At the bottom is where the more clean or even brand new bank notes are 'hidden'.

This money is perfect for paying the parking attendant if you have it in your hands. Not all shops, restaurants and gas stations do have a bunch of new banknotes ready. But there is some good news as well, the holy month of fasting - Ramadan - is coming. Many billions of Rupiah in new banknotes will be traded in the streets as a present. Money that will be spent soon after, ready to get dirty as well.



Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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