A LETTER writer to your paper “This fraudulent practice should stop” (Zimbabwe Independent, April 2) complains of being short-changed at supermarket tills due to the shortage of change.
On average, I have probably gained after having been given more for the same reason.
One wonders how long it will be before managers of cash businesses wake up to the fact that no one is interested in $100 any more!
Nothing can be bought for $100 – not even one match stick! What could be smaller? I stand to be corrected. Shop assistants quote prices as “4 point 6” when they mean $4 600.
They understand the situation, when will their employers? When will organisations such as national employment councils which tell us what wages to pay accept the fact that $20 or $50 more or less makes absolutely no difference to a wage packet, but is an enormous and costly exercise for the wages clerks? The notes, when they can be found, are miserable dirty pieces of paper.
A simple rounding off of prices (and wages) to the nearest $100 would solve the “no change” problem – for now.
The Zimbabwe dollar is almost on a par with the Mozambican metical. In Mozambique notes and coins are denominated in multiples of 1 000.
A banana is 1 000 mets! What is smaller than a banana? In the market prices are quoted in numbers of thousands – just like here!
The higher ranks of Zimbabwe business and bureaucracy are lagging behind their employees and the public in general.