Back-Alley Bill-Changers in Myanmar | The New York Times

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So you’ve arrived in Myanmar and managed to convert your cash
to kyat, the local currency. But what do you do if you don’t want
to carry huge stacks of dirty bills?>>It’s already closed. It’s already closed.>>After years of reporting for the
country, I’ve got a little secret. I like to come right here, just off
Merchant Street in Yangon, where for a price you can replace torn,
stained kyat notes with fresh, clean bills.>>Where are the,
you have new notes?>>[FOREIGN]
>>Yeah.>>Are they videotaping?>>Oh. They don’t want that camera.>>Oh, I forgot to add. I’m not sure this is entirely legal. Technically, money
exchanges need to be done at government approved
money changers. Zaw Lin! Can you come here?
I can’t speak [English].>>He often comes here
to exchange money.>>Yes it’s true.>>You want to take 500 bills?>>They are taking photos.>>No, they are just taking
photos of his dollars.>>No, no 5,000, understand?>>I think he is saying 1000 bills.>>You mean like this? No.
>>[FOREIGN]>>This one. Yeah?>>Oh, you mean 5,000 bills.
>>No.>>We don’t have them.>>Maybe.
Okay. 500 okay? 500?>>It might be a little sketchy, but I get what I came for in no time.

4 comments

  1. Why do all this just soak the Bill's in hot soapy water and iron them afterwards and the bills will look brand new like acid it came out of snow ATM

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