A young lady describes how she dealt with a plantain vendor who attempted to take advantage of the naira’s scarcity by charging double on bank transfers.
Amy George, a Facebook user, described how a plantain vendor in her neighborhood attempted to take advantage of the Naira’s scarcity. Customers who couldn’t afford new naira notes were reportedly charged N2K for the price of N1K plantain by the seller.
Amy wrote, in part, in a lengthy note;
“There’s a lady around the street we buy plantain from. She sells 4 for 500naira. My girl went to her shop last week to buy plantain, she refused accepting transfer and was insisting on new currency.
My girl said she chatted with her and they joked around the whole no cash payment. The lady told her the only thing she accepts is payment with her pos and it comes with 1000naira charges.
That is; If you buy 1k plantain, you will pay 2k through her pos. Or maybe 1,500 with plenty ‘abeg’
I told my girl to enter market mbok, find other sellers that would accept transfer and buy things. We got a bunch of plantain for 3,500 at the market.
This morning as I was leaving, I saw bunches of overripe plantain and some rotten ones at the lady’s shop. I don’t know what carried me to her shop o, I packed in front and was jokingly telling her about her new policy.
Madam was showing a pity face. How market is slow because people don’t have cash to buy again … “