Being Franc About The Dollar

| France | Geography, Money, Tourists/Travel

(It is when the French Franc is still in use. I get called by a cashier who has a problem with American tourists.)

Tourist: “This woman won’t accept our money!”

(The tourist is waving about a wad of US dollars.)

Me: “Well, she can’t, sir, since you’re trying to pay in US dollars.”

Customer: “So?”

Me: “Well, you’re in France. We only accept French Francs.”

Customer: “I don’t understand! All the other third world countries we’ve been to accept dollars.”

Me: “France isn’t a third world country.”

Customer: “…”

Me: “There’s a bank right down the street. We’ll hold on to your items until you come back with Francs. Or you can pay with a visa card.”

Customer: “No, we’re not coming back; you’re not getting our dollars!”