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#16
| retired

Originally posted by: JuliaF View Post

A similar one, which I've had attempted at railway stations too, is if you give say a 100/- note for a 35Rs ticket and are then given 15Rs change. Then there's a pause and he hopes you'll put away your change and run off to catch the train. So you stand there with your hand out and the 50Rs is given over with a little tiny smile (or a grimace).
It's a clever one, and especially as there is no illegality as such, he's just being rather slow in getting the notes out of the right compartment in the drawer ....


I've had he same thing happen many times, and not just in train stations, they could make a fortune in London where everyone is rushing, but I tend to relax and slow down in India.
#17
| Specialist muddler

Originally posted by: sannna View Post

If happened in wineshops where I would have to wait for a long time for the correct change came (in Lucknow and Hyderabad).


I bought a carton of Kingfisher at the Lucknow wineshop near the corner of the main street (Hazratgang?). I handed the operator 750 rupees. His hands drop below the line of sight, and then he looks up, shows me the cash and tells me I am 100 short.

There were 2 other guys with him looking on, obviously in on the scam. They had me cold. I knew I was being conned, but felt outplayed and paid the extra. Maybe this is a common one at that shop.
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#18
| Uru Buru member

Originally posted by: capt_mahajan View Post

Next time insist you gave him 500, and make a fuss. ;)


Revenge!!:fight:

That 'll make them think twice ;)



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#19
| Loud Noisy Bird
I have this sort-of British, sort-of embarrassed-about-money thing.

I never check bills. To count out the change feels like accusing the guy who just gave it to me of cheating.

Mrs N has no such silly scruples, and checks everything, even if it means the mistake is in our favour and we end up paying more, as happened with the guy who did the heat-reflective coating on our roof last week!

Coupled with my absent mindedness, it probably means that I have often been ripped off --- but I have have also often experienced people calling me back for the change I forgot! And my best example of this was a driver who dropped us at our house; I was wondering why he was still there when we'd finished chatting to a neighbour, "Look what you have given me!" --- in the low evening light I had counted out 500s instead of 100s.

But, despite these occasions which have improved my faith in human nature, I would approach any transaction to do with autorickshaws with caution and suspicion.
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#20
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Brisso View Post

I bought a carton of Kingfisher at the Lucknow wineshop near the corner of the main street (Hazratgang?). I handed the operator 750 rupees. His hands drop below the line of sight, and then he looks up, shows me the cash and tells me I am 100 short.

There were 2 other guys with him looking on, obviously in on the scam. They had me cold. I knew I was being conned, but felt outplayed and paid the extra. Maybe this is a common one at that shop.


Very common one!! Though they have never swapped bills to me, or told me I did not gave enough, I have not been able to get correct change instantly in that particular shop once, despite many visits already. Always he gives too little change, always I have to do the math for him, he will give me a few more rupees back and I again patiently recount for him and tell him how much more change I want fom him before I leave. Afterwards I always accuse him of being a thief and a bad man in Hindi and he always gives me the look... "Me a bad man? ... Hah! You are the female drinking beer, lady!" It's almost like our little ritual now :-)

And then I leave.. wishing I knew of another shop to go to.

Every other person I know who bought beer in this shop told the same story...

Around Holi he suddenly wanted to sell beer only for 5 Rs more than the MRP.. I did pay it, I had no option really, but I still wonder whether this is a common Holi/festival thing, or a smart way of making some extra bucks of the ignorant? Anyone who knows?
#21
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

even if it means the mistake is in our favour and we end up paying more


I have to add maybe that there have also been many occasions that I got too much change from shopkeepers in India... And left them with a mixture of happiness, gratitude and ebarrassmnet as I handed it back...
#22
| Senior Member
I had a similar experience at BKK airport in Jan 2003. I gave 500 bhat note to the immigration officer for the "Visa on arrival". He said that I have given him only 100 bhat note. I stood my ground and and made sure he returned the balance amount.
#23
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: capt_mahajan View Post

Next time insist you gave him 500, and make a fuss. ;)



No give him a 50 & insist that it was 100/- they will not have a 500 in the money box but will certainly have 100 & 50 for you to be able to confuse him.
#24
| rhill1

Originally posted by: sthakur View Post

Hey its travel in a third world country.. whats getting ripped off a dollar or two, I understand the principle, but getting worked up for a few bucks is pointless.

sthakur


i disagree...do not let them get away with the fraud.......:dontgetit

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