Chocolate currency

Posted on May 22, 2014 by


I go to a neighborhood supermarket. The shop doesn’t keep adequate change at the counter and most often than not, if they have to give you a balance of 2 or 3 Rupees, they always give you chocolates instead. I kept collecting chocolates from them and I wasn’t particularly interested in eating them. One morning, I counted the number of chocolates and it added up to 21.

Armed with 21 chocolates (worth 21 rupees), I went to the shop and picked up a milk drink that costed Rs. 22. I went to the counter and gave them the 21 chocolates and 1 rupee in addition to that. The counter lady said that she cannot accept the chocolates in lieu of currency. I put my foot down and told them that if we as consumers can take chocolates from them instead of money, they should be able to do the same.

There was a bit of commotion at the counter with a few people standing in queue behind me. I stayed put, expecting them to accept the chocolates as money. Finally, the store manager landed up at the counter and I reasoned with him to accept the chocolates for cash. Finally, they gave in and the milk drink never tasted better. At least, I made sure that they would think twice before handing out chocolates to consumers instead of providing us change.