Lugging in boxes of small change to make a purchase is kind of a dick move, but apparently it’s not only reserved for those in the bus industry or the obscenely rich. A monk from the Xingjue Temple in Shanghai’s Jinshan district recently asked to pay for 16 water heaters with stacks upon stacks of coins at a local mall, according to NetEase News. The coins, worth 223,840 yuan, weighed around 716 kilograms—equal to the weight of three adult oxen.
“A monk had asked if they could pay for water heaters with 1-jiao (0.1 yuan) coins that afternoon, saying if yes they’d buy 16 water heaters, but if no they’d only buy one,” said the manager of the appliance store, surnamed Cai.
With the help of a local bank, a team of nine staff members spent 13 hours counting out the coins, which had been collected from donation boxes over the years.
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By Tanto Chen
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