Putting coins into bus fare box is a common thing for every bus passenger. However, who knows how to deal with these changes and coins every day? Recently, the reporter visited the coin counting center in the Bus Company of HaiKou City where many fare boxes are placed. There are 14 staff members working here and they count changes and coins of more than 200,000 yuan every day.
At 8 a.m., one staff member opens the fare boxes, and distributes changes and coins to his colleagues. Everyone will repeat counting over and over again. According to Hong Qing, head of the counting center, every worker counts changes and coins of 10,000 yuan every day; therefore, avoiding mistakes is not an easy task. Counting money until they get cramps in hands is no exaggeration. Each person will count changes and coins of 15,000 - 20000 yuan every day. They will count much more changes and coins on holidays.
After counting, they will deposit the money in the bank. However, the bank will charge fees for dealing with too many changes and coins. To solve the problem, the bus company provides change service for changes and coins which is welcomed by the citizens. "We can find a lot of fake coins every day and don't know how to deal with them," Hong Qing said and took the reporter to visit their store room. In the room, Hong Qing showed some boxes of electronic game currency and fake coins to the reporter. He said: "These are fake coins we have found. We can gather such fake coins of 70,000 to 80,000 yuan every year. Some of these can be mended, others are stored here. Some fake coins have been placed here for a decade. We work very hard, so we hope that passengers can be considerate. Don't put fake coins in the box, and try to spread out the banknote before putting it into box."
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