Want to exchange currency? Produce health certificate!

Somewhat odd notices have emerged at exchange booths in Bishkek, the capital city of the Central-Asian republic of Kyrghyzstan. The notices warn that worn-out bills will only be accepted on showing a certificate of fluorography being passed by a client. This way, the currency dealers not only try to deter wide-spread tuberculosis in the republic. The republic’s stagnating foreign commerce has resulted in the fact that the majority of their clients are bums and beggars who aim at exchanging small coin. So, the dealers try to guard themselves against extra trouble.


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