Coin

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When I tendered a ten-rupee coin to the tea stall owner, he simply refused to accept it, demanding a ten-rupee note instead..

Coin


 

To refresh myself, I went to the nearby tea stall and ordered a tea by tendering a ten-rupee coin.


 

“Sorry sir, keep the coin with you and give me a ten-rupee note, “ the tea stall owner said.


 

“What’s the problem? I don’t have a ten-rupee note but only this coin. Have it and give me a cup of tea,” I asked rather surprised.


 

“Sorry sir, we don’t get a ten-rupee coin but entertain only ten-rupee note. No problem; Have your tea and keep the ten-rupee coin with you. After all, you are our customer. We will have the ten-rupee note from you tomorrow,” the tea stall owner tried to explain to me.


 

I got incensed. “Just tell me why don’t you accept my ten-rupee coin? Otherwise, I will not have your tea or leave this place.”
 


 

“Sir, please try to understand. Ever since the reserve bank released the coin, people don’t use it and so the ten-rupee coin has virtually fallen into disuse. Nowhere, people will accept it, “the tea stall owner said in his bid to pacify me.


 

“My question is whether our reserve bank demonetized it?” I asked him trying to establish my stand.


 

“No.. No.. neither the Reserve Bank of India nor the Government of India demonetized it. The coin got demonetized itself.”


 

“Don’t try to fool me or make a fool of yourself. Accept my ten-rupee coin.” I insisted on him.


 

Then the tea stall owner spoke with me in a low voice. “Sir, when the ten-rupee coin was introduced, I wholeheartedly accepted the coin and sold my tea. Almost half of my sale was for ten-rupee coins. However, I had many inconveniences when I went to deposit them into my savings bank account. While I could easily create bundles of rupee notes in hundreds according to their denominations, with regard to ten-rupee coins, I had to put them in a thick sack after counting them and simply noted the total amount, say Rs 25500 (2550 x 10). When I went to the bank with my cash to deposit, the bank official simply frowned at me, when he saw my sack containing ten-rupee coins.”


 

“Why? You had already counted them and even noted the denomination on the sack.”


 

“The bank official patiently explained to me as follows: Sir, I can easily recheck the correctness of the denomination of your currency notes. But I don’t have any coin counting machine. Then, how to determine the correctness of the total number of ten-rupee coins you have dumped into the bank. It will take hours to count them. Please try to understand me. Keep the ten-rupee coins with you. Deposit only the currency notes. Ok? If you are not still convinced, please come with me.”He simply dragged me into a room and showed me a number of sacks containing only ten-rupee coins.”You see, I cannot do it all by myself. Definitely, to count them, I need the co-operation of at least a few of my colleagues. I hope you understand my difficulties in taking your ten-rupee coins. Without uttering a single word, I returned back with my sack containing ten-rupee coins.” the tea stall owner finished his story of the ten-rupee coin.

 

Then he even opened a nearby chest to show me a number of sacks containing ten-rupee coins.


 

“But one thing is sure. I am keeping these ten-rupee coins in this chest for the past six months even without any lock and key. I never worried about their security or safety, “the tea stall owner said sarcastically.

 

 

I returned from the tea stall without having any tea, but with my ten-rupee coin.


 

The next day I went to the vegetable market. After purchasing my vegetables, the vegetable seller tendered me the balance that included a ten-rupee coin.


 

I coolly returned it saying, “Mam, give me a ten-rupee note.”


 

The disgruntled vegetable seller got the ten-rupee coin back and simply threw me a ten-rupee note instead, saying, “God only knows, why our Government released this ten rupee coin for circulation.”


 


 


 


 

 


Submitted: June 15, 2020

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