Hire someone to queue for you
NEW DELHI: Huge bank queues have become an ubiquitous sight across India after the government suddenly withdrew the two highest denomination notes from circulation two weeks ago – but now you can hire-a-queuer online.
New Delhi-based startup BookMyChotu – a play on the Hindi word chotu meaning “little one” – is cashing in on the cash crunch, offering a solution for those willing to pay someone to stand in line for them.
“Are you short of cash? Need a Helper to stand in queue of the bank/ atm till the time your turn comes??”, reads an ad on the company’s Facebook page.
“Our boys will not go inside bank, they will just stand in the queue for our customers as we understand that there can be some emergency and our helpers can help you by saving your valuable time.”
A chotu costs Rs90 (RM5.76) per hour or Rs550 for waiting for a maximum of eight hours, and is only available in Delhi and neighbouring cities.
Indians have until the end of the year to exchange their old 500 and 1,000 notes – 85% of the cash in circulation – for the new 500 and 2,000 rupee bills, or deposit them into accounts. – AFP