In a wonderfully uplifting story of customer-turns-tables-on-bank, a solution has been found for people wishing to avenge all those wasted hours at the hands of Chinese banking incompetence, reluctance, and procrastination. There’s only one drawback; you’ll need RMB500 000 to execute it:
A Chongqing bus operator that purchased a bus decided to pay for the RMB500,000 purchase in cash–the kind of cash that bus operators are in no shortage of: RMB1 notes.
The money filled 13 burlap sacks that weighed 30 kilograms each. Put together, they occupied 9 square meters. When the time came to pick up the money, the supplier drove an eight-seat van to Chongqing.
The supplier promptly took the load of bills to a bank on Jinyang Lu (in west Chengdu), where the sacks of money caused an uproar. Seven staff members working four hours per day can make their way through only one bag of bills.
Bank manager Li Wei was annoyed. He and half of his 14-strong staff dedicated their two-hour lunch break to dealing with the massive quantity of bills. According to standard bank procedure, each bill must be sorted into categories based on the bill’s condition, and then by year of production. Then each bill needs to be smoothed out and its corners straightened. Only then can it be counted and bundled into stacks of 100.