Random Venezuela rant
Yesterday I was doing some Christmas shopping, basically new clothes and the odd college supply here and there, and all day I had troubles paying with my card, as terminals were slow as hell and many times rejected my card.
Well today I found out it’s because the fucking regime put a cap on business for electronic/card sales (don’t know the proper term for this), the equivalent of about 700 bucks a day, and once reached the terminal goes to hell and it’s basically luck if your card actually goes through, and that coupled with the poor state of the telecommunications infrastructure means there’s a fuckton of lines for paying stuff up, and you never know if you’re actually going to be able to pay.
And the worst thing is, there’s currently a critical lack of cash on the streets, with ATM lines that extend for hours and unbearable bank lines, mainly because thanks to the hyperinflation and the current useless bank notes in circulation (the highest ones, 100 BsF, being worth HALF A FUCKING CENT), means that you literally need bags of cash to pay for stuff, I seriously had to use about a fucking THOUSAND BILLS (mostly 20′s and 10′s, because that’s what I could get from the bank the other day) to pay for a fucking big-ass light bulb and some industrial glue, and I was forced to, because their terminal collapsed thanks to the above point!
Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.
The good news is, the government finally gave up and accepted our cash is useless, so this month they’re going to releases new bank notes, 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 20.000 bills, alongside 10, 50 and 100 BsF coins, to replace all current currency in circulation, which by this point most of it had become obsolete, no one taking coins for the past two years, the two lowest bills (2 and 5) for the past year, and the 10 bill being seen as an insult to your face (sorry hardware store clerk!)
So yeah, business as usual, the country collapses around me yet life still goes on, gotta hand it to the Venezuelans, they really adapt quickly to terrible situations, hopefully someday they will be free of the tyranny of socialism/pseudo-communism, and the megalomania of its leaders.