Monday, May 22

Small Change

I had a change juggler in the back of the cab today. I pick these up maybe once or twice a week and they always sit in the back and try to be discrete. What they do is they watch the meter obsessively and every time it clicks over they move the coins from one hand to the other so that they have the exact fare ready in small change. You don’t get much conversation out of a change juggler just the clinking of coins, but still they amuse me. What does catch them out now and again is when the meter adds the waiting time on when we stop and the meter goes up a few bob, that’s when they tend to panic and drop all their coins on the cab floor.

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