Your 10 cents are not accepted here!

@jonnifc (1021)
Philippines
February 17, 2011 4:50am CST
This is really weird! My sister and I went to our public market using our own car. There wasn't any more parking spaces at the free parking so we parked at this empty lot turned pay parking lot at the corner of the street. They charge 25 pesos. We had some coins left over from our trip to the market so we decided to use it to pay for parking. There were 5 10 centavo coins included in our payment. To my surprise, the parking attendants refused to accept them. They said that people wouldn't accept it as change so they won't accept it as payment. They said that only grocery stores accept those coins. We stood our ground and told them that we are giving them legal tender and that it's not our problem if they don't accept it. It irritated me so because it was absurd to refuse these coins. I won't refuse my change even if it included 1 or 5 cents coins. What I won't accept are dilapidated bills. Those are not supposed in circulation anymore anyway. Have you experienced this before?
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@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
18 Feb 11
No, I haven't encounter people refusing coins (ten cents) as payments. People knows these are legit tender and should be accepted as payment or change. What I experienced was those merchandisers giving candies as change. This is illegal and shortchanging customers. This is where I stand my ground and demand my real change!
@jonnifc (1021)
• Philippines
18 Feb 11
I never thought about that practice seriously before. Come to think of it, you're right that it does shortchange the customers. Maybe I'll do what you do and refuse the next time it happens to me.
• United States
18 Feb 11
Yeah that sounds odd as to why it was not accepted. I have not had a situation like that and I would have felt same as you too.
@jonnifc (1021)
• Philippines
18 Feb 11
Good for you! Hope it won't happen to you. =)
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
17 Feb 11
havent experienced it but a colleague once narrated a story that when he handed over to the jeepney driver coins as payment to his fare, the driver threw the coins outside his jeep! i was stunned and asked what did he do. he said it's not his problem anymore. as far as he knows, he is paid.
@cheravs (620)
• Philippines
17 Feb 11
I guess not the same incident but to the turning down about the cents is. Plenty of people in this country already forget about this currency but I still remembered about the statement of the banko sentral that we should use it and try to exchange it with banko sentral. There is still a cost for making this money. Besides they also said they are going to abolish this coins soon. Oh well I hate people who are doing this. I have known some people they tried to save this and exchange in the banks
@jonnifc (1021)
• Philippines
18 Feb 11
Yah, I think you can exchange it in the banks. I know some SM Malls that would change them for you as long as you exchange a certain amount with "interest". I don't know if they do this still.
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
17 Feb 11
Sad to say I have some sorta experienced that kind of thing during a jeepney ride. The driver wont accept the 5 and 10 centavo coins and even the 25 centavos. He just laughed. And it happened in Manila. I said all kinds of money except of course your right the really old old bills, are accepted in our city. And he laughed the more because I came from the province where the "barya" is accepted. So rude really. I said if you don't accept then I won't pay because I don't have any other change. he accpeted but with all the grumblings because I swore in the local dialect.
@staria (2782)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Yes and it is not even 10c for me but the jeepney driver won't accept my 25c! I was like, why are they still manufacturing these coins if they wont accept it?? As to not to create a scene I just replaced those coins into a whole P1 coin. I think this has been an issue before and that the govt said that we should report those who do not accept these money, but who would care to do that anyway?
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
21 Feb 11
Yeah I guess you were right to demand they accept this since they are indeed legal tender. I think for coins they are still legal until 100 pesos and beyond that they can refused already. But yours is just 25 pesos which means they are still legal tender.