A nasty pay counter trick

#1 May 29th, 2004, 01:24
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Ordering a TAXI up front (making reservation ) can be a costly thing when doing this in the Wrong Hotel in Delhi reserving the taxi was no problem the employee at the counter wrote down all the details but there was one thing missing , there was something up with this guy , That will be 300 Indian roepies he said , I had a problem finding the money as it was put away savely, put the 300 roepies on the counter and put the money away again , not easy when using these special Belly wallet :-) when I turned back to the guy to receive an receipt he looked at me like I was grazy , where is my ticket I said ? where is the money? he replied , he listen I just put it on the counter , he went looking trough all papers and really did his best to find the money , maybe it is a good idea if you would check your wallet he said , then it hit me hmmm , what to do now ?
I decided to play the game along and said , He buddy listen I am sure I put the money on your counter I do not have to look elsewhere because I am sure !!
Then he went looking again and guess what the money just showed up from underneat one of his little books.
#2 May 29th, 2004, 12:13
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At any place while paying money, wait for what needs to be delivered to you be ready. If its a token or a ticket wait, for him to write it down completly and then hand over the money. In cases where he is demanding the money, say something loud or related to the payment, so that you can always refer back to it.

It has happened twice with me, that the person in the counter refused to have received the money. ! Can be a mistake or a willfull trick.
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#3 May 29th, 2004, 13:42
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reminded me of that trick with the 100 pesos note in the Nine Queens, the (absolutely f. brilliant) Argentine movie released back in 2000.

it requires two guys and a 100 peso note. you cut the corner of the note with the number (just in case!). you move to a nearest cafe bar.

one guy has a coffee and pays with the note. gots loads of change (it was back in 2000 when AR$1=US$1). the other guy should be served by the same waiter. he has his coffee and after a while he makes a noise. he wants the waiter to bring his change from a 100 peso note! the waiter doesnšt remember him paying but the guy -accidentally - has a torn off corner of the note still in his wallet.

in most cases, the owner doesnt want to make noise and donšt go to check whether he has this particular note in his till. he just orders the waiter to give the guy his change.

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Exclamation money money money Money. Money.

One of the skills one must hone as a traveler (to anyplace) is money handling. Literally:how much to have on you, easily accessible; how much to have in your money belt, not easily accessible; how much in coins and where to keep them; how much in paper money, and how to identify it. We all hate that awkward moment when you are asked for money and you have to stand there giving off newbie fumes as you fumble around.

It really pays to spend some time each evening organizing your money. Maybe we are reminding people of the obvious, but keep some small paper notes, for tips and taxi fare, in a pocket so you don't have to reach for your real stash every time.

Try also whenever possible to find out a price of a service beforehand and have the money precounted and folded. Hand it to the counter clerk folded and make him count it. It's a subtle signal that you are in control --whether you feel that you are or not.

BTW: Indians are unusually honest people when it comes to money--we mean money you can feel in your hand, not money as in price. Should you ever drop any money, pick it up quickly and touch it to your forehead. That shows you have the proper respect for its power. In India, a few rupees can be the difference between life and death.
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BTW: Indians are unusually honest people when it comes to money
I found this to be true on several occasions, such as storekeepers running after me with change, etc.

Of course, I also didn't change money with those unsavory characters who accost you on the street in Colaba...
#6 May 30th, 2004, 07:09
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Re: money money money Money. Money.

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Should you ever drop any money, pick it up quickly and touch it to your forehead. That shows you have the proper respect for its power. In India, a few rupees can be the difference between life and death.
Thanks for this important cultural tip. I would have never thought of this myself.
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Another little useful trick ( esp. with the rickshaw drivers ) is if say the fare is 35rs and you want to pay with a 50rs note, just gently gesture that you'd like the change first before you hand over the 50... It just preempts the "I've got no change but now I've got your 50 and you're too 'nice' to insist I go ang get some change" number.

Works every time and every time the drivers seem to have the right change.

A small yet useful twisting of tables - works with other similar transactions where a 'grey area' can develop
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Rickshaw wallahs always have change!!!

Yeah butterball it's amazing the lengths you have to go to, for the rickshaw wallah to produce that massive wad of change they keep in their hip pockets!


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another $ tip...

On my arrival to Mumbai international airport, I went to the money exchange counter and asked for lots of 10 rp notes. They were very acccomodating and gave me what I asked for...and they were all new bills (no holes, rips etc).
A lttle awkward to carry around, but it sure cut through alot of the time consuming no change dillema.
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Yeah... first thing I do is get one of those huge blocks of tenners - often stapled together... is it 1000 or 500rs ?

Either way, they seem to count up every time !
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Oldest trick in the book!
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the other, far more common nasty is to receive a torn up ruppee note that no one will accept. Usually I am vigilant, but sometimes you lose.
Byron and I were in the Jhansi RR restaurant, speculating what would it be like if it was privatized out to Japanese agency. We concluded that no amt of steam cleaning and repainting could suffice, and that the manager would resign immediately and the whole structure bulldized. Anyway, after a 30 minute wait for a cuppa joe, we left the torn note and walked out, but not before we were gheraoed by the staff for the atrocity. However, we just put on our smile and headwiggle in reverse, what way one says no politely in Bharat, and kept moving. Sometimes you win!
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Oh, those poor, sodden, dog-eared notes. They're never accepted as payment after that fact, but usually welcome before hand. The old "no change" trick works both ways, and you can usually unload them in stores or on street vendors when you threaten to walk away from the sale unless they accept your money.

It's like a game of "hot potato", with nobody wanting to the one holding the note when it finally disolves.
#14 Jun 22nd, 2004, 10:35
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another ridiculous tip for the compulsively minded.....

I always bring cellophane tape with me. When I get a torn note, I cut the tape into tiny strips to fix the tear.

I know it sounds over the top....but I get some kind of bizarre gratification when I sucessfully pass off that torn note.
#15 Jun 22nd, 2004, 11:51
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Hi Guys

Just my 2-paisa's worth ... be very careful handling new notes. I had to pay out 1500 RPS ( to pay for a meal for about 6 people ..) and I used 500RPS notes that were brand spanking new and I ended up passing the guy an extra note ... I only discoverred this later when I tried to reconcile my spending for the day ... boy did I feel silly !!! and that was one very happy waiter ...

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