Photos: Chinese Man Saved Naira Equivalent Of N21 Million In Coins To Buy SUV
This post reminds me of a story that went viral online couple of years ago that Samsung was to pay Apple millions of dollars in a law suit, and Samsung in an attempt to be ridiculous, decided to pay in coins. That story has since been clarified as a rumour, but this you’re about to read is as real as it gets.
For some bizarre reason, a car buyer decided he wanted to pay for a new car with four tonnes of coins.
It took a lorry to drop off the payment of 680,000 coins, including 660,000 coins worth 1 yuan (0.1p), at a dealership in Liaoning province, east China. The money is the naira equivalent of about N21 million.
So cumbersome was the ordeal that it took an hour for 10 workers at the car dealership just to empty the bundles of coins from the truck.
The man, who has not been named, used 1,320 bundles of coins wrapped in brown paper to pay for the car.
Apart from the coins, piles of notes worth 20,000 Yuan (£2,100) were also used in the sale.
Rows and rows of bundles filled the showroom, as staff spent hours counting up the money.
10 Workers took 1 hour to empty the lorry
The coins had to be piled up in the showroom
In total there were four tonnes of coins
Neatly arranged: workers had to plan carefully how to lift the cash through division of labour
Look at her face: the female worker pictured here probably thinks the man is a jerk to have paid such a huge amount in coins.
The coins had to be transported to the car dealership using this truck.
Local banks said that the car dealership would have to make special arrangements for the money to be processed and that there would be a handling charge.
You can’t try this in Naija o, because the last time I checked only shoprite still took coins as a form of legal tender. Even the mallam on the the street won’t take coins from you.
And the meticulous packaging? Only in China.