WHAT?! You still haven’t changed to new currency notes yet?! Then where am I going to find the money for your cousin/niece/nephew/babies’ ang paos???!!!
And so by the wrath of her Almighty
Dowager Mom, Miss Loi rushed to the banks at her Town Centre to exchange new notes.
But today being the last Friday of the week before Chinese New Year, most banks had already run out of new notes by the time she arrived.
Those with new notes still available were easily distinguished by long snaking queues, along with a security guard who told her, with a pessimistic shake of the head, “There’ll be nothing left to exchange by the time you reach the counter, even if you’re brave enough to join the queue!“.
Thus, like desperate Last-Minute Buddha Foot Huggers looking for tuition centres a week before their exams, Miss Loi joined the ranks of desperate uncles and aunties now roaming aimlessly from bank to bank like a flock of lost sheep.
Just when all hope seemed lost, a grating sound of opening gates was heard from the direction of one of the banks, followed by a shriek from one of the aunties.
In that heart stopping moment, a cat stopped its rummaging activity around a dustbin, and together with Miss Loi and the rest of the uncles and aunties, slowly turned their heads in unison towards the source of the sound …
… just in time to see a bank employee complete the pasting of a notice which basically said
The near-stampede that followed produced some of the most troubling scenes the Town Centre had ever witnessed, as everyone raced like a brigade of troopers towards the bank entrance, charging forward like no tomorrow in the name of duty, honour, and their babies’ 2011 Chinese New Year ang paos.
Just when the tussling horde was within touching distance of the entrance, a bank employee stepped out from behind those glass doors and shouted
Calm down everyone! We only have limited amounts of currency notes, but our bank’s resident Maths Guru have worked out a strategy that will serve as many of you as possible!
Each of you will be given a queue number, and you shall only enter when your number is called!
Please be patient! Your time will come!
From a board that was subsequently put up, the bank had a total of 198 × new $2 notes, 330 × new $10 notes and 132 × new $50 notes available.
To serve as many people and to be as fair as possible, it was decided that the new notes will be distributed in such a way that everyone can only exchange the same number of $2 notes, the same number of $10 notes, and the same number of $50 notes (while stocks last).
- Miss Loi was allocated Queue Number 67. If the queue numbers were called out in an ascending numerical order, should she stick around?
- Find the total value of the notes each person was able to exchange.
Patience my friends! Your time will come! Your time will come!
But will there be anything left for her when her ‘time’ eventually comes?