Our Encounter with the Local Constabulary
Trip Start Jan 31, 1996
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The rate of currency exchange in Indonesia is approximately 10,000 rupiah to the dollar. For $300 you should get roughly 59 blue, 50,000 Indonesian rupiah bills in return. Counting bank notes rather than multiples of zero is far less confusing. We began our quest for rupiah confident in this seemingly simple task.
Exchange offices in Kuta are mostly all in the rear area of reputable stores
The following day she decided to complain to our hotel security about the unscrupulous money-man. Our security guard said that he would help. Late that afternoon Renate, Elenka and I met the security guard, along with 6 dressed-in-black, community police officers, who looked far more Mafioso than guardians of law-and-order. After a short discussion about what had happened we proceeded to the exchange office. We had to stand in front of the place waiting for the man who had stolen Renate's money to be summoned
On the way back to our hotel, my faith renewed in the sense that good-and-right always prevailed, I asked our security guard what would happen to the money-changer. He told me that he would be forbidden to conduct further business in Kuta. When I probed further he gave me an ever-so-dangerous smile and said that the community police would also teach him a lesson about stealing from tourists. When we went by the following day the sign was gone and so was the money changer.