I was at the airport to pick up my friend Sandra, who was visiting from Italy.
Gustavo: Do you have everything?
Sandra: Yes, I think so. But, I don’t have any U.S. dollars. Where can I change money? Can I do that here?
Gustavo: You could, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The exchange rate is really high and so are the fees. I’ll take you to the bank tomorrow.
….. The next day, I picked Sandra up from her hotel and we went to a branch nearby.
Bank clerk: What can I do for you?
Sandra: I’d like to exchange some currency and to get some U.S. dollars.
Bank clerk: Okay, how much would you like?
Sandra: How much is one Euro worth?
Bank clerk: The current rate is one dollar to .8 Euros.
Sandra: In that case, I’d like 500 U.S. dollars.
Bank clerk: Okay. That will be 400 Euros. Would you like that in large or small bills?
Sandra: I’d like a mix of both, I’d like some change, too.
Bank clerk: That’s no problem. Please sign here. That will be $300 in $20’s, $150 in $10’s, and $45 in $5’s and $1’s. And, here’s $5 in change: quarters, dimes, and nickels.
Sandra: That’s perfect. Thanks a lot.
Bank clerk: Is there anything else I can help you with?
Sandra: No, that’s all. Thanks for your help.
Bank clerk: It’s my pleasure. Have a nice day.
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse