The Case of the P0.25 Centavo Coins
I bought a bottle of mineral water today and paid P20 for the P9.50 bottle. The cashier cashed in and gave me my change, a P10 coin. I asked for my 50 cents and the cashier, irritated as she may be, gave me a peso.
I told her I want the right change, and she told me, the Central Bank no longer issues 25 centavo coins. This may be true or not, but this just irks me as much. I don't understand why the Central Bank would not mint nor issue 25 centavo coins, because these coins are just plain necessary for customers, consumers and establishments alike. We all have the right for the correct change. Candies are not legal tenders and so is not giving the correct amount of change, right?
Call me kuripot, but I just couldn't stand wasting my hard earned centavos to these establishments. They are already gaining from the goods they sell, yet, they want to earn more by not giving you the correct change. Ilang customers ang mag-iiwan sa kanila ng fifty centavos daily? That's a lot, right? And additional income for them at the expense of your pockets.
I urge you to demand the correct change due you. If they have nothing to give you and gives you a whole peso, get it! Problema nila yun kasi wala silang change na maibibigay sa iyo.
Or, you can bring a lot of centavos with you. Am sure marami sa bahay mo, nagkalat lang, now is the time to save. Ang mahal kaya ng lahat. We should learn to value money, even if they are measly centavos.