"Money talks," the old saying goes; and it apparently counts everywhere as it does in the US. A man in China showed up to a car dealer with the US equivalent of $16,000 in coins to buy a new car. Only a foolish dealer would turn away a guaranteed sale. So, they started counting it out, while the man waited.

According to NBC News, it allegedly amounted to five tons in change. The salespeople managed to tally about half of the coins before they finally got fed up and asked the guy to pay with some other method. He put the rest of the bill on his credit card.

The report didn't directly say what type of car the man tried to buy. However, the end of the video shows the logo for Chinese automaker Soueast, which is a partner of Mitsubishi. At one time, the company even had a deal with Chrysler to sell the Dodge Caliber and Caravan there.

This guy's major faux pas was that he didn't wrap the coins himself. If he had, it would be harder for the dealer to complain. Scroll down to watch the video, and imagine how long it would take to save $16,000 in change.

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      PR
      • 7 Months Ago
      The easiest way to count coins is with a scale. Count say $100 worth of coins and weigh it. Then all you have to do is weigh $100 worth each time and mark it down. No need to count every single coin. Gotta make sure each coin is the same though.
      Narom
      • 7 Months Ago
      Surely america is like the rest of the world that means the lower denominations dont have to be accepted above a certain threshold?
        Billy Devine
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Narom
        Legal tender only means Federal Reserve System must honor U.S. currency and coins. Any business. person or even government facility does have the right to refuse to accept it if they don't want it.
      11fiveoh
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, couldnt imagine accepting this. I tint cars for a living and had a taxi driver pay me $200 in mostly dollar bills. That was a big enough of a pain, let alone loose change.
      nomadsto
      • 7 Months Ago
      I once converted $1,475 at a bank coin machine, it took over an hour. They should not have even bothered trying to do it by hand.
      lost.juan
      • 7 Months Ago
      What the guy should have done was stick it in the bank. The time it takes to collect that kind of money it would have depreciated. In a bank he could have gotten some interest. Of course if you wanted to hide the money from some institution, making the 5 o'clock news kinda ruins that.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 7 Months Ago
      Keep raiding those water fountains, kids. Some day, you'll scrape together enough coins to buy you a car.
      Ryan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Definitely can't wrap the coins in advance. For all you know the guy would stick two coins on the ends and fill the middle with blanks. Weighing the coins isn't very accurate and only works if they are sorted by denomination. The only way to do it is to count all the change. That is how a bank woudl do it, but they would also own a change counting maching. The dealer should have driven the guy and coins to their own bank and had them count it. Or, asked him to wait until business hours to complete the deal so the bank could count it.
      VL00
      • 7 Months Ago
      This isn't a car story
      Gorgenapper
      • 7 Months Ago
      The irony is that it costs money to transport this money around. 5 tons of coins ain't light.
        nick
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        5 tons of anything ain't light...
      Pandabear
      • 7 Months Ago
      He could have gone to the bank and exchange it with some bills first. Even the RMB $100 would have been lighter. The $100RMB would be about $16.04 USD at today's rate.
      skoobey
      • 7 Months Ago
      Guy probably owns wending machines or something.
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