Law states that a person will have the right change only
one time in ten occasions. That's a whopping 90% of cash
transactions which require more loose change to be given
to the person who didn't have the right change.
of course, is when you get on a First bus. There, if the
fare is, say, £1.80 and you do not have the right
change, you may hand over two pound coins. But will receive
no change back. Harmstein, of course, died before bus deregulation
and did not foresee this anomoly in the world of change.
Who among us did?
weight and variety of all this loose change causes pockets
to sag and purses to bulge and people to walk around jingling.
Those anticipating the arrival of a First bus and who realise
they need the right change, will often nip into a shop and
buy a newspaper and a peppermint Aero to break a fiver and
provide the correct coinage for the fare.
though, the changeless will get the arithmetic wrong and
end up with a paper, a bar of chocolate and three pound
coins in their hands, eliciting another visit to another
shop to break two of the coins down to even smaller change.
laden with denominations of coin, fingers smeared with newsprint
and with a chocolate bar melting in the pocket, the stupefied
citizen may see a First bus on the horizon.
fine anticipation of getting the bus, handing over the exact
fare and sitting down to read the paper while eating a melted
Aero is often crushed as the bus drives past the stop blithely
displaying a sign which says "Sorry, I'm Not In Service."
predicted this, his later work showing that 4 out of 10
local travel arrangements will be disturbed by what he described
as secondary anomalies. That's a whopping 40% of occasions
when a person will be carrying precisely the right change,
but there will be no point in having it.