â€œYou lose 20 and win 40,â€ touted this almost 50-year-old man. Nice looking and well dressed, he was standing at the stop for the â€œP lineâ€ bus, the heaviest trafficked route in the capital city.
What he was offering was a chance for each individual to change 1.00 peso for 0.80 cents, which would mean a 20 cent profit for him, and 40 cents ending up in their pocket. Otherwise theyâ€™d have to drop the whole peso in the box and get back nothing.
He was armed with a sealed metal box â€” carried securely in both hands â€” that was full of change and that discreetly called would-be passengersâ€™ attention as he circulated among the crowd.
Photo by ornitholoco.