Not content with already being absolutely loaded by Chinese standards, the recent buyer of a BMW had to show off his wealth by paying with several boxes full of small change.
According to Xiaodongshuoche, a WeChat group dedicated to coverage of China’s auto market, the buyer of the BMW 7 Series brought along several boxes crammed full of small denomination bills and coins, which in total weighed almost 100 kilograms.
While stories of people using incredibly small denominations of currency to make large purchases or settle debts are fairly common in China, especially when the payee really wants to piss someone off, these purchases never usually exceed more than ten or twenty thousand yuan in value.
While the small change only covered a fraction of the total 1 million yuan cost of the car, that didn’t make the task for the employees doing the counting any less arduous, ultimately taking more than twenty staff members over six hours to count up all the money.
The buyer of the car said that the purchase not only allowed him to fulfill his dream of owning a BMW, but also allowed him to deal with the problem of all the small change he had been accumulating.
By Dominic Jackson