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Urumqi Resident Buys Car with 400 Bundles of 5 Mao Bills

From NetEase:

Urumqi Citizen Uses 400 Bundles of 5 Mao Bills to Buy Car.

May 23rd, Urumqi, Xinjiang Bote Car City, a customer settled on in a 29,800 RMB ($4,700) Wuling-brand minivan. When it came time to pay the bill, he produced two large cardboard boxes from the inside of his car in which contained 400 bundles of 5 mao bills [worth 1/2 of 1 RMB and about $.08], the sales staff remarking that no matter large bills or change, it is their duty to provide service.

The customer, Mr. Wang, said this money had already been inventoried multiple times, each bundle 50 RMB, in total 20,000 RMB. Soon after, he paid 9,800 RMB in large bills, whereupon the staff completed the transaction.

Mr. Wang told the sales staff that he has worked in the cold beverages wholesale business for many years. One ice cream bar only sells for a few cents, so the family has saved a lot of change, but haven’t taken them to a bank to exchange them. Recently he’s wanted to buy a car, so he carried the two boxes of change to a nearby bank to exchange it for large bills, but the bank staff balked at the large amount and refused to handle it, leaving him no other option but to bring the change to the car dealer.

The staff said there were 400 bundles of change, each bundle containing mostly five mao bills, with a small number of 1 mao bills also mixed in. Four people counted, checking twice, taking a total of more than five hours before verifying a total of 20,000 RMB. The sales staff remarked, “Talk about counting money until your hand cramps!”.

This isn’t the first time someone has used “Five Mao” to purchase a car though. In 2010, Qingdao City, a car dealer had a similar experience. In that instance, a customer brought a total of 60 bundles of the 5 mao banknotes and 40 bundles of 5 mao coins, totaling 40,000 yuan and weighing more than 100 kilograms.

Comments from NetEase:

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4KCreolophus [网易北京市网友]:

29,800 RMB = 59,600 comments … who do you guys guess this may be?

锤死5毛狗 [网易云南省昆明市网友]:

Haha, wumao, however, it’s not THAT wumao. The workers counting the money must be exhausted, I imagine afterward whenever they see 5 mao they’ll vomit.

大坦沙岛主 [网易北京市网友]:

The income earned from posting comments isn’t bad! Jia you~~~~~!!

网易山东省济南市网友:

Just how many posts/comments does one have to post for that amount?

给我八毛还您三毛 [网易浙江省绍兴市网友]:

Is that you Maoism?

lcb9527 [网易福建省漳州市网友]:

This is enough to pay the wumao for ten years of work.

builderxrx [网易广东省广州市网友]:

The highlight was the bank wasn’t even willing to exchange it…

clede [网易浙江省台州市网友]:

“Recently he’s wanted to buy a car, so carried the two boxes of change to a nearby bank to exchange for large bills, but the bank staff balked at the amount of change and refused to handle it leaving him no other option but to bring the change to the car dealer.” [Quote from the article]

I want to know: we often talk about aligning with international standards, but when will this aspect align with international standards?

hzb0813 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

What car is so cheap that you can buy it for 20,000 RMB?

Have you ever made a large purchase using change? How did the staff react?

Written by Joel

Joel is a reclusive writer based in Shanghai who took up blogging as a hobby one summer and never looked back. Former editor of Shanghaiist.

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