We don`t want your money

01.01.2007Osebno

Seriously, has the whole country gone mad?

Title: We don`t want your dirty money!

Act one, scene one: The bookstore in Domžale Mercator center

C(ustomer): Hello, I would like to buy this sudoku book. Can I pay in coins?
S(hopkeeper): No.
C: What do you mean, no?
S: Well, ok, you can pay in coins.
C: *opens her purse and starts putting the money on the table*
S: Whoa! You can only pay with silver coins, no brown coins are allowed
C: WTF?
S: It`s the rules.

*fade out*

Act one, scene two: Šmarna gora inn
C(ustomer): I`ll have three cakes, these two water bottles and this juice.
I(nnpkeeper): That`ll be 10+ euros.
C: Can I pay with tollars?
I: Sure
C: *opens her purse and starts putting the coins on the table*
I: You`re being rude.

*fade out*

The morale: Some money is better than other. I don`t know what these people expect from euro, when we will use coins only?!

 

13 komentarjev na “We don`t want your money

  1. cookie

    You can still pay with them until 15th of January. You can take them to the bank and change them into euro until 15th of February. After that…it`s just metal/paper.

     
  2. cookie

    Ups, sorry.

    I rechecked and it turns out that the deadline is actually first of March for the usual banks, post offices and other exchange places.

    The Bank of Slovenija however will still convert tollars into euros after the first of March.

     
  3. novala

    Good. I hope they understand my Slovene.

    Last week I listened to two Slovenians at Ikea. I got about every 14th word and really don’t know why standard languages are invented when nobody speaks them. But this is a different story.

     
  4. Disablez

    Well, there is a tradition in Slovenia about the cashiers being superior beings to the customers. In my case happened more with the cards…

    I came happily to Slovenia with a MasterCard from my Spanish bank, which has served me in all countries I’ve been in, and works as well in both bankomats and shops in Slovenia, but… once I went to BOF, (known now as Big Bang II Hyper alpha edition), bought something, and handed the card to the nice woman in the counter….
    Suddenly she takes some scissors and…

    Me – WTF ?
    My wife – Kaj za vraga…? -¿What the devil?-
    Girl – I have to destroy the card, it’s fake
    Me – Double WTF?
    (She tried to use it, but the machine failed (as I was told by my bank later, the machine didn’t even make any connection to the network). So, that means my card is fake. Then she left some “pearls”, like that my bank didn’t exist, or the card is fake cause it’s written in Spanish. After a bit of “you’re rude for not letting me cut your card in two” from her and a pair of not so nice words on my part, she went to talk to supervisor, apologized to me, in a superior-being way of apologizing… and let me the card… but called the bank of Slovenia and blocked it, rendering it useless inside the borders of the Glorious Republic. My bank tried to solve it but after a pair of discussions with their Slovene counterparts, they told me it’d be the best to send me a new one, free of charge, as they couldn’t get them into reason.

    To avoid more problems, I opened an account in the first random bank (NLB) that I found. I got a dirty-foreigner-non-resident Maestro card, red colour. A month later, a girl in Merkator told me it was fake… because “NLB cards are blue”. Tried to explain in my now-a-bit-better Slovene… but nothing. Had to pay with another card. In the meantime a guy behind me explained to her the whole thing, so she went to consult and then apologized… this time sincerely.

    Some months past, and I got the resident-but-still-a-dirty-foreigner (aka blue) card… Thought problems were away… but once I went to pay in Merkator… enter PIN… I’m told to enter again… and yet once again… then told my card is stolen… show the id… she looks at me like a thief… and she still refuses to try again. So I let her all the shopping, while she murmures something… while I go, next girl tries to pay with card… and also has problems…

    About tolar coins… coins and notes are legal course, as long as the Glorious goverment says so, without exception. There is some rule about not paying with more than 50 coins at once, but otherwise you can pay in the way you see most fit, whatever the blagajničarka tells you.
    -Exception to the rule, at least in Spain, they can refuse 500€ notes if they advertise that clearly, before entering the shop-
    If she enters the -I have penzionaaaa and zaaaavod and I’m a prof. Dr. mag. in charging people so I’m a superior being- mood, you can do two things…

    – Let her all the shopping bags, and go away, whistling happily.
    – Call her an incompetent. Works miracles for state workers, haven’t tried in shops, though. If it doesn’t work (as she’s probably been told by the superiors not to get 1 tolar coins), leave her the money, take your shopping bags, and walk away. You tried to pay with legal money, not your problem if she doesn’t accept it. While shops are private (as long as the goverment doesn’t want to replace the CEO with one of his friends), they have to adjust to rules same as you. In the not-so-frequent case they send a guard after you, tell the same… they will usually understand it. If not, just depends of how much you balance peace vs your rights… proceed with care.

     
  5. Dr. Rosenfeld

    Interesting. I only saw cutting cards in half in the movies – to increase their dramatic effect. Perhaps the clerk had been watching too many movies.

    As for your NLB card – you should have picked a different bank, which would be free of charge and in classic “bank tones” (in SKB Societe Generale), instead of taking NLB’s looking like a candy store affinity card. 😉

     
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