In preparation for next week’s trip to Chiang Mai and Chiang Dao, I went to a money-changer in Parkway Parade. I asked for 5000 baht and was quoted about S$215. Since I didn’t have that much cash on me, I handed my bank card over to pay and waited to key in my PIN.

I have to admit I don’t always bother to check the amount on the screen before keying in my PIN. No reason, just carelessness. For some reason though, tonight I did.

The screen said “$51,386.73”.

I’m still wondering what might have happened if I hadn’t checked.


  1. excuse my innocence, but was it deliberate or a mistake? How did the teller react when you pointed out the “error”? (its a peculiarly odd number, why not make it a round figure or just 100 hundred times the real fee? then they could say oops i put the decimal in the wrong place)Of course i’m very gullible, although in Irish we don’t have a word for that.

  2. (The following comment is in response to the previous blog post.)

    Damn woman, you just had to cramp my style, didn’t you? Now I make no sense at all with that last comment. Sheesh.

  3. Maybe they forgot they were using a numberpad, not a (computer)numberpad but I’m with Brian on this one. The amount is wierd but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were trying to pull a fast one.

    The good news for me though is that I don’t have $51,386.73 for them to debit. The bad news is that the principle behind the mistake could have happened to any of us in smaller amounts that could have easily slipped past us.

  4. erm, I know this comment has nothing to do with this post so apologies for the hijack. Have been reading your blog for a while now – primarily because the writings great, i *heart* bloomsbury and i dig the music taste. but aside from that, i am currently doing a research project where one of the elements is looking at drinking culture and socialising in Singapore and Malaysia. oh, and the place of functional foods in chinese food culture! and i thought i would get in contact as your blog seemed a good place to start! so if you think you can help at all, please email me!

    thank you – end of hijack.

  5. (Sorry, I’m kind of hijacking this as well, but at least it’s tangentially related.)

    Oh my gosh, I just realised the title of this post(!)

    I met a guy last weekend who eeped in front of me.

    I said, “Did you just eep?”

    He replied, “Yes” and looked sheepishly at me.

    I smiled and thought to myself how fuckin’ cute is that. As much as I would have liked to, I didn’t tell him that.

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