February 07, 2010

The Zero Rupee Note

Frustrated people in India are paying bribes... with worthless fake currency.

Behold, the zero rupee note:

I have no idea what sort of group the 5th Pillar is, and their website seems to be hosed at the moment, so don't count this as an endorsement.

From the World Bank blog:

Fed up with requests for bribes and equipped with a zero rupee note, the old lady handed the note to the official. He was stunned. Remarkably, the official stood up from his seat, offered her a chair, offered her tea and gave her the title she had been seeking for the last year and a half to obtain without success.

Culture is a bitch, because this makes no sense to me, but I'm glad it seems to work.  Hopefully some sort of tipping point against official corruption is being reached.  Shame and fear are powerful social weapons.

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