Words I said at the counter of the Ministop. I dropped by for a pack of ciggies to quash the morning nicotine craving.
Alas! The store clerk said that they have been having a hard time coming up with Philippine one peso coins. After that she asked me: “Sir, will you be willing to take Mentos?” I hastily replied, “as long as it’s equal to my three pesos change.” She promptly gave me three freakin’ pieces of Mentos pillow packs. Like, call my band – the Foo Fighters – we’re up for a gig. Like, last time I checked, I ain’t Dave Grohl.
Now, I have this idea that if Ministop can do this, then so should I. I think I’ll buy a big-ass size bag of Mentos at the local discount store and use it as currency. I’ll try to give fifteen pieces of Mentos to the FX I take going to work. Yes, the fare is – yes, you guessed right – fifteen freakin’ pesos. For lunch, I can lift some Mentos off the office pantry and pay fifty pieces of Mentos for lunch. That’ll already be tremendous savings on my part.
Seriously, it wasn’t really a big deal. I just got surprised that if stores like that with regular foot traffic is experiencing a peso coin shortage, then where are the peso coins going? Like, holy Scooby Dooby Doo time, Batman! Where are the coins?
This afternoon, I volunteered myself to go shopping for myself – someone else usually does the shopping for me. I ended up going to the local department store, the SM. As I rose up the escalator heading the third level, I saw a sign. It said something about offering a discount to those who can give five-hundred pesos worth of peso coins.
Wow! There really is a peso coin shortage, Batman. Scooby dooby doo.