Jan 25, 2010

alternative currency for charity

charity with added value

Photo: bus ticket collecting box in a Dublin elementary school.

Buses in Dublin take only coins, and give no change. However, if you have to overpay, the difference is printed in your ticket as a 'refund', that you can claim at the Dublin Bus office.

Since most people don't make the way to this office for the 10-20-30.. cents per ticket, they are more willing to drop it in a charity box than real Euros. Actually such 'charity collection' can be also perceived as a service provided, people happily unload their tickets from their wallets.

As an unintended side effect, this public transport fare payment system fosters the giving mood in the city. Wonder if it was foreseen at design.

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