A rip in a rupee

Photo courtesy: Pdpics — Wikimedia Commons

In my early days in India, I laughed at how traders held up my rupee notes to inspect them before they accepted any. Why were they so particular about the condition of such a small amount of money?

I soon found out when I handed a torn rupee over and no one would take it. I had to go to a government office where my money could be exchanged for a new note and when I saw the queue, I understood.

After that, whenever I received change, I held up the notes to inspect them because I too, didn’t want to wait in a long line.

Does anyone know if this still happens in India?

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