09 January 2006

When free, well, isn't again.

This time I went to Rocinha. They advertised drinks for 1 centavo, about .045 cents. So basically free, right? Um, think again.

They wouldn't accept anything other than the newest issue of the 1 centavo coin. The older 1 centavo coin which is still in circulation was not accepted, nor was any coin of higher value (in fact, they wouldn't take R$1, or 100 x 1 centavos). So, in essence, the accepted coin became a token, whose value rose well beyond the face value. I paid R$1 for 2 centavos at one point and another 50 centavos for 2 more centavos. At another point I found 2 centavos sitting on the table and stole them, replacing them with a 10 centavo piece. I had a hard time feeling bad -- stealing a Honda Civic and replacing it with a Ferrari.

I hope they took all those centavos that they collected and melted them into bullets and shot the guy that invented the 1 centavo piece... which wouldn't be surprising, considering it was Rocinha.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ainda estou rindo dessa situação...
Onde vc arrumou essa festa na Rocinha? Pior: Onde vc arrumou coragem de subir a Rocinha??? Ainda mais com essa carinha de americano perdido...
Se vc não tem namorada, quem é Amanda?
E quem é a menina que eu te vi pegando no dia em que te conheci?

=op

Que horas vc viaja amanhã? Última chance para um rápido blind date comigo.. ;)

Bjs de sua anônima

Anonymous said...

When I was in the Philippines in the early 1970's, they had centavo pieces that were made of some kind of aluminum alloy that would actually float on water. In an extremely poor country, you could toss centavos out the back of a jeep and dirty, ragged, hungry street urchins would turn their noses up at them, not even wasting their time to pick them up or accumulate them.
Dad

Jeff Shepley said...

infelizmente, já fui emobora, mas cheguei no EUA seguramente (sp?)... A Amanda era uma namorada passada... quebramos lá na Octobre. E a menina estava pegando, infelizmente, depende na noite. Então, no era vc, então ainda estou sem idéa da identidade de vc, e com tempo vai ser muito mais difícil lembrar. Mais tudo bem, vc está fornecendo "clues" boas!

Anonymous said...

Que bom que vc chegou bem.
E que pena que eu cheguei tarde demais...
Mas, também, só te conheci na terça passada...
Bjs

Anonymous said...

Mt ocupado com a volta para casa?
Bjs