Friday, May 23, 2008
Reversed Vending Machine
In Shanghai, and all over China, beggars were desperate for plastic bottles and other things recyclable. Since many recyclables have a claim on them, people can make a little extra money when they return them. When I asked around, I think someone told me it was about 10 plastic bottles (250mL) to a kuai (or RMB) and there are about 7 kuai to the dollar... so 70 plastic bottles to the dollar. But then again, a dollar can buy you a meal in Shanghai.
This reverse vending machine appeared to accept bottles or cans and spit out money. Since this was day 1 in Shanghai, I was too overwhelmed by everything and intimidated by groups of locals to get a closer look. But at least I got a "skewed snapshot". ha. ha.
and the adventures continue.