Common things that happen in India Part 2: Being always short of change.
There are as much as 9 types of coins and notes in Indian currency.
They are 1 rupee, 2 rupees, 5 rupees, 10 rupees, 20 rupees, 50 rupees, 100 rupees, 500 rupees, 1000 rupees. Out of these 1 rupee to 5 rupee are coins and the rest are notes.
But these types are pretty jumbled. For example sometimes there are coins of 10 rupees or conversely notes of 5 rupees or coins of 5 rupees that are thicker than the regular ones.
Amongst these, the most easy to use are the 50 rupees and 100 rupees notes.
That is because in India many things are in that price range and it is very relieving to have a bundle of them.
And the villains are… 500 rupees and 1000 rupees notes.
Indian shops do not generally keep sufficient change. Therefore if you give Rs 1000 note for buying things costing small amounts like juice, water or snacks, you will be said rather instantly, “Nahiiiin (no way)”
This chronic shortage of change problem all over India is really annoying.
In downtown areas where there are only small shops, if one shop rejects Rs 1000 note then all the shops there reject it.
They do not have the capacity to give small change if we pay with Rs 1000 note.
If you get thirsty and try to buy juice and do not have anything but Rs 1000, the first shop will say, “Nahiiin”, the next also “Nahiiin”… On hearing it in fourth shop, I had once unintentionally shouted, “Are you kidding me!?” in Japanese.
The other day also after I ordered a McDonalds delivery I checked my wallet and realised that I had done a formidable thing.
Yes, I had just one Rs 1000 note.
I panicked at first, but then decided to wait and think positively.
“Ohhh… They delivery person might not have small change… No, but a McDonalds delivery person might have! After all it is a worldwide chain! Did I ever go to McDonalds without change? No, never! Ahh… When did I stop trusting people? Mom, Dad, I will trust them! This time I will trust McDonalds!! Yes, they will bring small change! They will!!”
The delivery person arrived and I gave him Rs 1000,
No, it was my fault…
But when you don’t have change to pay for delivery, you can’t help it.
Then, when I went to nearby shop with the delivery guy to make small change, “Nahiiin” I went to the next shop and “Nahiiin” On the 4th “Nahiiin” I gave up and eventually went directly to McDonalds and paid there.
Why do I have to go there and pay in spite of ordering delivery!!? What kind of system is this?!
While walking on the streets too if I do not have anything but Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, I cannot calm down. I become a rich poor man.
It is difficult to buy anything especially in downtowns.
We need to be especially careful while hiring a rickshaw or taxi.
If you do not have change, then make some by buying something at fast food restaurants like McDonalds, KFC or Dominoes Pizza. Also sometimes while withdrawing money from ATM; you can get Rs 1000 in multiples of Rs 100 notes.
In almost all fast food chains, they have change.
But still if you give Rs 1000 they sometimes ask, “Do you have change?”
If they do, be kind and answer them,