Excuse my recent absence people, I’ve been busy prepping for future articles by going out taking pictures of the Philippine public that is relative to my next upcoming topics. Well, being out in the general public it’s quite common to conduct a little shopping. Like with any amount of shopping, there is monetary transactions involved.
Lately while shopping for my weekly groceries at my local HyperMarket. My total transaction had rang up to an amount of 2,712.28. I’m never the type to keep coins on me, but luckily since eating prior to shopping, I was able to fork over 2,712 pesos. After the cashier counted the money slower than a 3rd grader, she stingy enough to ask me if I had 28 centavos.
OK! I never carry change that cheap on me, but since my wife usually rides those beat-up jeepneys, I figured she would have a few centavos on her being that the fare is 8.50 while traveling short distance. She gave me a 25 centavo coin (well, the coin says “Sentimo,’ so I don’t know why the fuck they still call it ‘centavo’ or ‘cents’ – like my currency).
I presented her the 25 centavo coin, and this must’ve been the cashier’s worst fuckin day ever or she probably just got on her period, but she had the audacity to ask for 3 more cents. And yeah, this time she actually did say ‘cents.’ I never knew that denominations in the centavo coin can actually get THAT LOW! The ONE PESO is already worthless enough, so what the fuck can you possibly get with ONE centavo? Not even a beggar would settle for that!
After telling her I didn’t have it, she let it slide, and I got away with paying only 2,712.25php. I visited the gift shop which was near the register to buy a birthday card for a friend’s upcoming birthday which cost 39.50php. I paid it with 40 pesos, and I got a bunch of 5 and 10 centavos adding up to 50 centavos for change. I went on over to that idiot cashier, dropped off a 5 centavo coin, I exchanged an evil grin with her confused ‘blank stare,’ and went my merry way back home.
I know this topic is extremely petty since talking about a coin which is hardly even worth chicken-feed. But seriously people, don’t you think there should even be a centavo/sentimo/cents system in the Philippines in the first place? Do you think it’s stupid to pay a bill, and they ask for a denomination of money that is not even existent? Yeah, I google-searched the 1 centavo, and it does exist, but I NEVER see it being passed around.
In my honest opinion, if they wanna keep the centavo, they should’ve just broken it down to 25 centavos as their lowest denomination, because you can’t get anything in Philippines for anything lower than that. Markets shouldn’t be pricing items to where you are paying (for an example) 350.07 centavos. It’s much better to just keep it simple and eliminate the centavo system, or price items at a currently existing denomination of currency.Published in