Monika’s Musings

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Normal people don’t do that


As the weather is nice and cozy and my thoughts drift to the Sicily seaside where I plan to go this summer, I remembered a funny story which should start with a disclaimer: I work at a bank (although, I normally avoid admitting this fact).

So, last summer I was making reservations for a hotel at the beach. Amongst my friends we figured that I will transfer the deposit, since it is easier for me (see the disclaimer above). So I talked to the hotel, we agreed on a 30% deposit, I wired it and that was that.

The vacation was short, but absolutely lovely. The last day, we go to check out and pay for our stay. The receptionist looks quite bewildered as she’s looking at our bills so I ask what the matter is.

- I am just trying to understand what happened with the deposit – she says.

- Something wrong? I ask.

- It’s just … the amount is really weird, she replies. I remember it being something like 96 EUR and 27 cents. At this point I honestly have no idea what she’s talking about and confirm that they asked for 30% and that’s what I transferred.

- Well, see, normal people don’t do that – she explains. They just round off the amount to the next whole number.

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