by Beatrice Murch, 14 January 2011.
The lack of hard currency is annoying people everywhere in Argentina. ATMs are closed, and people are standing in lines waiting for the few that work. However, the real pain is the dearth of coins. It makes taking the bus almost impossible and buying small purchases difficult. Photographer Beatrice Murch documents the interesting signage stores display to encourage people to part with their coins. Smart shoppers play dumb and don’t hand them over in the hopes of gaining those precious centavos.
We have no coins in German, English, and Spanish at a kiosk along Av de Mayo
Empty cash register in Iguazu Falls
Please collaborate with change as we have no coins, thanks
We have no change, please pay with coins
Maps can only be bought with change, seals paid for in full, thank you
We have no coins to give back, please collaborate, thank you
Individual cigarettes can only be bought with coins, thank you
Collaborate with coins, many thanks
Graffiti complaining the lack of coins
This bus ride is subsidized by the state (and the illegal trafficking of coins)
No coins written in elaborate calligraphy