Have you been spending every free hour this past week standing in seemingly never-ending queues in front of banks and ATMs for currency notes? If you’re not in parts of Kerala or Chhattisgarh, where some people have devised novel ways of keeping their place in the line (from slippers to passbooks to even a broken branch, these guys seem to have used everything!), then it’s quite likely that you’ve made yourself some new friends as you debate the merits and/or demerits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move.
But where there is demand, there is supply too. Especially in the land that is known for its jugaad. So much so that even Israel President Reuven Rivlin has gone on record to say that he has fallen in love with the word. So, why shouldn’t we come up with a jugaad to combat the queueing that the whole country is currently facing?
Ever since the banks opened their doors for exchange and deposit of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as well as distribution of a smaller value currency and the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes, the lines have sometime snaked across localities and blocks. Within a day or two, news reports stating ‘daily wage earners’ had begun earning a quick buck by standing in line as a proxy starting hitting the stands. These guys would apparently charge anything between Rs 40 to Rs 150 an hour, and call up the person whose spot their keeping when the time would come. Sometimes, even exchanging the notes for them. Now, the ‘service’ has gotten more streamlined, thanks to a couple of concierge services.
DoneThing and Bookmychhotu have been offering their services to make your life easier for a price. While you can hire someone from DoneThing to stand in line for reportedly Rs 100 per hour, Bookmychhotu offers the same service at a competitive fee of Rs 90 an hour. Keeping in mind the need of the hour, quite literally, both companies have advertised their services on various social media platforms.