Monday, June 23

Small Change


Sunday morning lived up the usual expectations of strange folk doing what they do best; acting strangely. 
The silliest by far was when instead of any passengers getting in the cab I was handed a crate of beer and asked to take it to a local address. Fine, no problem nowt to do with me if someone was desperate for beer at 9:30 on a Sunday morning. At least I knew that the crate of beer would be quieter than a car load of drunks. But when I got to the house at the other end that's exactly what awaited me, a load of drunks. Problem was that none of them had the cash to pay the taxi fare for the eagerly awaited booze. I had just decided to head off and claim the beer in lieu of the fare when one of the party goers shouted that he had the fare. He disappeared for a few minutes and returned triumphantly holding up a jam jar full of small change. "There’s more than the fare in here, you can have the lot" he said.
 Ahh well,- I thought a load of two's and ones is better than no fare at all, and agreed. That’s when he told me the bad bit "his mom wanted the jar back," with that several hundred grubby coins were poured onto the cab seat. He hurried off to claim his share of the beer with me staring in disbelief at the mountain of copper coins. Half way back into the house he turned and shouted "oh sorry do you want to count them first” You can probably guess my reply!

7 comments:

Spencer said...

I make that £3.48 Bob. Am I right? What do I win?

Peggy said...

Well, was it enough to cover the fair? Cheeky sods!

Is there one of those "convert your change into cash" machines at your local supermarket? We've got one but it charges too high a percentage of my hard collected change for me.

Anonymous said...

And I thought you'd fished that lot out of the cracks in the seat.

Saffy.

Bob said...

spencer: Darn there was supposed to be over £4. and you forgot the free sim card too.

Bob said...

peggy: Don't know left the wife to count it, my hands are far too delicate to handle mucky money like this. Aye we have a change machine at the local supermarket, but like you I am too tight to pay the fees. Hey have a nice holiday eh!

Bob said...

anon: No I just vacuum it up and check the vacuum out when I empty it.

Becker said...

Wouldn't have got him far in my neck of the woods. 2cents and 1cents haven't been in circulation since 1991. Another thing I learnt was a little known law here in Australia stating that a business has the right to refuse silver coin ie 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c in excess of $2 per coin denomination. The thing is no-one is going to refuse when the option is not getting paid at all.

When driving an 13 seat people mover taxi I have often been paid entirely in coin often for fares totaling near $50