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BossHog

My Filipino neighbors sometimes come across foreign currency.

 

Often found in clothes from the ukay-ukay shops. Korean Won and USD in small denominations.

 

Sometimes a few Australian dollars that some surfer has tipped someone.

 

Returned OFW's getting rid of the last of their HK or Saudi bills.

 

Or a relative from overseas has put 10 bucks in a birthday card, etc.

 

I change it into pesos for them at the xe.com rate just to be neighborly..

 

But recently I've had a some people rushing up with large denomination paper currency and expectant faces..

 

10,000 50,000 and bigger notes.

 

I checked 'em out online....Romanian Lei that was discontinued in 2005.

 

Turns out some jerk who's a white tourist has been going around tipping folks with this worthless paper and acting the big shot.

 

What a tool!

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Topper

Good idea to check out if they are still worth anything. Sometimes governments change the currency and the old ones are only worth the paper they are printed on. I have a 5000 peso bill from Mexico that if it was still worth something it would be around $500. Alas, it's not worth anything. I guess if a government wants to denote its currency, it does, and the ones holding the ones that are outdated are stuck for the face value. Kind of like getting counterfeit money...looks good, feels good, but isn't worth anything.

 

ps.  It's nice of you to help out the locals.

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broden

man that's weak

 

at least if you're gonna do that use the Zimbabwe money

 

might be worthless but even i would love to get a 100 trillion dollar note

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Who the hell tips people with Romanian Lei in the Philippines? It might be counterfeit... if they are real then i'm sure they have a value and can be sold.

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samatm

The Russians are coming ,  the Russians are here .

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Buko Beach

I agree with Broden, man that's weak.

 

Good chance this cash-bot with legs is carrying around a big pile of fake bills and hopefully will see the inside of a Philippine jail sooner or later.

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SkyMan

Had a friend of mine stationed in Afghanistan a while and whenever I'd send her a care package she'd send back a note with a 1000 Iraqi Dinar.  Kind of cool.

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I agree with Broden, man that's weak.

 

Good chance this cash-bot with legs is carrying around a big pile of fake bills and hopefully will see the inside of a Philippine jail sooner or later.

A Philippine jail could be the least of his worries if he gets caught.

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lazydays

 

Turns out some jerk who's a white tourist has been going around tipping folks with this worthless paper and acting the big shot. What a tool!

 

 

Know the type, "International playboy and last of the big time spenders", not !  :lol:

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voirdire

Had a friend of mine stationed in Afghanistan a while and whenever I'd send her a care package she'd send back a note with a 1000 Iraqi Dinar.  Kind of cool.

 

Why would she send you Iraqi money if she was in Afghanistan? Do you mean she sent you an Afghani note. 

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SkyMan

Why would she send you Iraqi money if she was in Afghanistan? Do you mean she sent you an Afghani note. 

No, Iraqi Dinar from Saddam's time which was really worthless but a cool gift.  The troops over there trade stuff so even being in Afghanistan, the notes got around.

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SkyMan

 

Good chance this cash-bot with legs is carrying around a big pile of fake bills and hopefully will see the inside of a Philippine jail sooner or later.

Would tipping with fake discontinued Romanian money be illegal?  I could see if you were trying to spend them on something or trying to convert them to pesos,  But with a tip being a gift, I don't think you could nail him for that.  It's stupid unless the guy at least tells who he gives them to that they're worthless.
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Buko Beach

Would tipping with fake discontinued Romanian money be illegal?  I could see if you were trying to spend them on something or trying to convert them to pesos,  But with a tip being a gift, I don't think you could nail him for that.  It's stupid unless the guy at least tells who he gives them to that they're worthless.

Yes I would think that's where the line is drawn, but I am not a lawyer... I just play one on TV.

 

Given as a tip to someone when a fee or surcharge is not required should get the person off the hook so long as he feigned to authorities that it's a novelty gift.

 

If services or goods were exchanged for the fake bills the guy's toast. Even if the foreigner explained the bills are worthless the local could tell the PNP there's a langauge barrier and the local thought it was real.

 

Just another drop in the bucket that local opinion might be turning against expats and foreigners. When guys visit and shit all over the locals it reflects badly on all of us. The tide is slowly turning and as outsiders, we can expect to see increased travel restrictions, visa fees and retirement regulations placed on all of us in the future because of the actions of a few.

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Bogdan my friend in Romania told me u can change them in the bank, so no worries m8t :) just take away 3 zeroes from the denomination "10 000" and u can see the exchange rate in new lei (RON).

 

so 10 Ron is P112 +-

 

R

 

Of course this has to be done in a bank in Romania he he 

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lucky138

Worked for years in Las Vegas and you would be shocked on how many dancers tried to pay their rent with chips from long gone casinos given to them by "customers" earlier that night  One girl got $5,000 from the Dunes which had closed 5 or 6 years before and the chips (after the casino closes) must be taken to a state offfice within 1year of closing.  Boy was she pissed.

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