If you run a shop surely you realise you need change
Why do shops in Dubai seem to never have any change? Every time I walk up to a counter and hand over the note, I know I am going to be asked either “Have you got change, sir?” or “Do you have anything smaller, sir?” At the weekend I went to buy some bread for breakfast about 8am, it came to about 40 dirhams. I handed over a 100 note and got a forlorn look from the woman behind the counter at the bakery. After answering no to the above questions, she asked if I would mind waiting while they got some change. “Ok, how long will it take?” I asked. “Fifteen minutes” was the reply. I offered to pay by card but was told it was too late as it had already been rung up in the till as cash. Surely having change in the till is a basic principle of retail.