Saturday, March 10, 2007

Legal Tender

Coins, an envelope, some pieces of gum. What do these things have in common?

Other than blurriness from a phonecam, they are all, apparently, legal tender in Vietnam. The first time I received some candy with my change for paying a bill, it was the coolest thing ever. Yes, free gum. How nice. How considerate. Gum as an after meal treat - works for me.

Then I counted my money. Hey, they're short, if only by a minuscule. Ah, I get it - gum instead of my 3 cents USD.

But now, I'm a little annoyed at being forced to make such purchases. Gimme mah money!

One of these days, I'm going to pay in candy. Let's see how that goes over.


Teresa and kids said...

I thought that was really funny the first time, too. Then not so much. I'd still prefer it over the taxi driver who just shakes his open hands to signal he doesn't have change for me. Hrrmph.

Thong said...

One time, I got paid in cigarettes. Finally, I'm a man!

Kevin said...

All my money is direct deposited to my bank account nowadays :-)


hahahaha. it happens a lot, i just learned how to live with it. them gums come in handy once in a while :P