|Re: OT: French power and cell phone coverage|
Message #9 Posted by Thibaut.be on 5 Oct 2004, 2:52 p.m.,
in response to message #7 by Mike
It's trap in which you did not fall in.
When, in early 2002, Euro became a reality to us European guys (at least for the ones who dared to join the €), my wife and I went to Paris to do some shopping. I withdrew brand new € at a cash dispenser in Belgium.
When I wanted to pay our (understand : my wife's) purchases at the "Galleries Lafayette" till, I asked the salesperson if it mattered that these were Belgian Euros. She was dazzled, asked her supervisor, who asked her supervisor... well, a lot of people were advised and no one seemed to dare to give the correct answer. The chief accountant, at least I understood he had a high level of responsability in the business, arrived, said he was sorry for the inconvenience, (I was burtsing into laughter, but could not show it), took his mobile and asked his banker if there were some exchange fees to accept belgian Euros. He was reassured that not, and took the responsability to accept them.
There had been such a € campaign on all national TV's, and in a store such as Lafayette, which is a kind of Wall-Mart, not only the salespersons but the supervisors had no idea how to treat our new currency.
As a finance guy, this is probably the funniest thing I ever encountered.