Dollars or Pesos? by Senior Editor #1
Walking down the road today I ran into Maria the Peanut Lady. I looked at her little tray quickly to see whether or not she had anything left to sell and low and behold she had only 1 bag of peanuts left . But they were not just normal peanuts, they were the candied peanuts that I love OH so much.
I caught her eye and asked her if she had any peanuts left (I knew she did, but I was being polite) and she told me yes, but only “dulce”.. SOLD!
I knew they were 20 pesos, but on the off chance that I run into her, I ALWAYS pay 50 pesos because I love her SO much and she’s so cute and old. She saw that I was going to hand her 50 pesos and immediately said “tienes dolares?” (Do you have dollars?).
I normally don’t carry dollars around with me but it was her lucky day and I handed her the 5 dollars that someone had given to be just a few hours beforehand. And as I handed her the dollar it occurred to me that she probably makes a lot of money this way.
She is just the cutest thing and I know there are tons of people just like me, who can’t resist her and overpay for her pepitas and cacahuates. I don’t care though.
After I handed her the 5 dollars and told her I wouldn’t be needing change she insisted on giving me “un beso” (a kiss) as a thank you. And my day was made.
The point– Many will tell you that the locals prefer dollars over pesos, but if you happen to run into Maria the Peanut Lady on the beach there are two things you should do:
1. Buy something and
2. pay in dollars if you can. She might even give you a kiss.. if you’re lucky 😉