Today's post was inspired by the horrible stench that attacked me when I unzipped my purse a short while ago.
It only happens when I've got an especially dirty batch of notes in there. The worst notes are the smaller denominations. They get so grubby and smelly that your hands stink after touching them for just a few seconds. Those were the culprits in my purse. Obviously, the larger denominations (RP50000 and RP100000) tend to stay much cleaner. I always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer to clean off that smell after each transaction.
The photo doesn't really do justice to the filthiness of the top two notes. And if they had some smell mechanism embedded with the internet, you'd all be knocked off your chairs.
In case you were wondering about the pictures:
RP1000 - Captain Pattimura who led a rebellion against Dutch forces.
RP5000 - Tuanku Imam Bonjol. Another hero against the Dutch.
RP50000 - Beratan Lake in Bali.
RP100000 - Sukarno (the first president of Indonesia) and Hatta, (vice president)
In the end, money is still money, so no matter how much it stinks, we're still not going to be throwing it out or giving (too much) of it away.