'Dirham dilemna - Why does everyone guard their change?'
Why does nobody seem to have any change in this town? Why do the few who do have smaller notes and a few coins dislike sharing the dirhams?
Last night I got a taxi home from the office and only had a Dhs500 note. My cab fare was Dhs60 and unsurprisingly the cabbie didn’t have change. Why they don’t carry a ‘float’ of smaller notes is beyond me. Anyway, with cabbie looking at me blankly I decided to go to my corner shop to buy some things so I could get change for the cab. The things I needed only came to Dhs15 and I knew what was about to come. As I handed over my Dhs500 the shop owner want bananas.
‘This is crazy, you can’t do this’. After much dummy spitting he gave in and opened his till - and it was full of change! OK I was going to be eating into a lot of it, but this was at 9pm and he was due to shut up shop at 10.30pm. It wasn’t like it was first thing and he was going to have to get through the rest of the day. OK so I had a large note, but that’s all I had. If I’d had smaller I would have handed it over, and there was no ATM close by.
Also, surely it would give him less to count at the end of the day. What’s the problem? Dubai, let’s share the love and the dirhams. Or, should we be writing cheques for everything? We seen the stories in this paper to see what happens if you do that…