Creative currency – the gum replaces the nickel

Today, I bought two waters at the mini market in Oloncito and received back creative change.  I gave her $1.00 for the $.70 purchase.  The cashier was out of nickels so she gave me one stick of gum and one quarter (pennies are not used very often so she also did not have those).  I am pretty sure that this only works one way – I can’t pay for my groceries using gum.


Gum and a quarter given for $.30 change
My $.30 in change


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