Exact change: Man pays for Rp 33.4 million motorcycle with Rp 1,000 coins

Anyone who lives in Indonesia knows that cashiers here often ask for exact change, with most visibly upset if you hand them a Rp 100,000 note for a Rp 3,500 transaction. Well, one group of cashiers got more than they bargained for when one of their customers told them he intended to pay for his motorcycle almost entirely with coins.

Tempo reported that a Jakarta citizen by the name of Setiadi went to a Honda dealer in Depok on Sunday evening to buy a Rp 33.4 million motorcycle, paying for it with bucket loads of Rp 1,000 coins.

“He brought four 25 kg paint buckets [containing Rp 1,000 coins],” said Yulia Anggraini, the dealer’s cashier, as quoted by Tempo.

Setiadi told the dealer that the coins amounted to Rp 32 million, but hasn’t specified how he’d pay for the remaining Rp 1.4 millions. He claims that he saved up the coins over five years. If his claim is true, then he carried 32,000 Rp 1,000 coins into the dealership.

Yulia said that as of 2pm Monday, employees at the dealer were still counting up the coins. They’re hoping to finish the gargantuan task of counting sometime today.


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