So I wish I could say our only experience with crooks abroad was the stolen sunglasses on our last day in Australia, but unfortunately, we had a few run ins one evening while in Bali as well.
Mr Fix It had warned me that he doesn't like to pay for anything with credit cards in Indonesia because they are known for stealing your information and using the cards after you visit their stores and whatever. So he took a few thousand dollars cash. (We did however pay for our hotels with our credit card because they're a bit more trustworthy and we were getting credits for travel rewards points by using the credit card.)
Of course, when you're in a foreign country, you need to exchange your money for the local currency...in Indo's case, it's called Rhupia. And the exchange rate is silly...it was like 9,000 Rhupia to one US Dollar. Mr Fix It only liked to change in about $100 (maybe $200) at a time. Partly because it's not easy to count out over a million rhupia to verify what you're getting back. And Mr. Fix It was pretty adamant that we would be double counting everything that we exchanged. He had an experience where they tried to short change him once on a previous visit. And partly because that way you don't end up with a bunch of rhupia leftover that you have to try to change back into USD which is not going to be as good exchange rate wise.
I didn't think much of it. And our first couple nights in Kuta, we didn't have too hard a time finding some decent money changers to honestly exchange our hundred bucks. All you needed to do was look for these signs outside any of the shops on the street:
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