A MAN has bought a $140,000 car almost entirely with coins in a bittersweet sale for a Chinese dealership.
The man walked into a Shenyang dealership and used 660,000 yuan ($136,000) in coins and 20,000 ($4,000) yuan in banknotes to buy his new 4S vehicle, reportsThe Shanghaiist.
It took ten very obliging staff members to move the coins from the back of a truck into the store. The coins, which weighed four tonnes in total and were over four meters tall when piled up, were diligently weighed and counted.
The man reportedly works at a petrol station and explained that he collected the coins from buses that stopped to refuel. He decided to use them to save up for a new vehicle.
It would be tough to imagine how staff would react if you tried to do the same at an Australian dealership, but by all reports, the company was happy to accept the copper-based currency from Mr Gan.
It’s not the first time someone has decided to pay a hefty sum by using the heavier version of money. According to Chinese media, in March a Fujian man made a down payment on a new apartment in the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China with 100,000 one-yuan coins.
Rumours also circulated a couple years ago that Samsung tried to pay Apple $1 billion in truckloads of coins after losing a legal battle to the company. While that story turned out to be false, this one is very much true.