A man selling new banknotes for Idul Fitri stations himself in front of the Bank Mandiri Museum in Jakarta's Old Town on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Who Wants New Money?
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
MAY 21, 2020
Every year before Idul Fitri, you would see people standing on the side of the street in Jakarta brandishing shiny new banknotes.
They make a tidy profit selling them at slightly inflated prices to Muslims who buy them to be given away to relatives on Idul Fitri.
This year, despite the number of coronavirus cases still soaring in the capital, the "new money" sellers are back at their stations, flailing their arms about to attract potential customers.
Some of them can be seen in Kota Tua, Jakarta's Old Town, in North Jakarta on Thursday. Almost all of them were wearing masks but only a few wore gloves on a grey but humid day.
Most people buy small banknotes – from Rp 1,000 (less than 1 US cent) to Rp 20,000 – that they would give to little children on Idul Fitri. You can get a selection of small banknotes worth Rp 100,000 by paying an extra Rp 5,000 "service fee" on top.