Wednesday Weirdness- I wanna pay my way

At the Union Square Metro station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Sunday, an agitated British Backpacker was trying to pay his 4.50 Dirhams metro fare with a British pound coin. He argued with the woman at the ticket counter. He reasoned with her and finally he pleaded with her. “This pound is worth 5.50 Dirhams why won’t you take it? Its worth more!'”. He looked around seeking help from the long line forming behind him.

I said to him, tryig to pay with pounds on the dirham metro would be like someone trying to pay with Dirhams in the London Underground.

“Thats different” he said “these are Pounds. They should accept them”






  1. Idiot. Seriously, I cannot understand why the problem wasn’t obvious to this backpacker.

  2. Solution: tell him you will pay his fare in local currency if he gives you 2 pounds…or he can go looking for a bank to exchange.

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