Monday, 17 October 2016
Ringing in the cash
THE owner of this provision shop is very proud of this shiny tin. While many shopkeepers have swapped their rusty Milo or Ovaltine cans for the cash register, this shiny tin has remained, very much treasured, more or less the family heirloom.
It keeps its shine through two generations of handling -- the bell making a nice tinkling sound when being pulled down from the ceiling, whenever change is needed. Then, it slides smoothly up again to a safer height. Works faster than the cash register, says the daughter of the owner.
This tin was customised for him by a skilled crafstman. It took some time to make, as it had to be hammered into a smooth, round shape. You probably won't find such crafstmen today in Singapore.
Yes, the tinkling of the bell sounds better than the kerching of the cash register -- anytime.