Letter: Local stores offer no exchange on US cash

I find this issue unfair to our tourists and wonder if this is common practice in Kelowna.

To the editor:

I was in Orchard Park today and got a coffee at Blends, had a $10 American bill and said “Do you take American money?”

The response was “yes” so I gave the US money and in return got Canadian money for change.

I questioned the clerk and she said they have no way of giving change back in American and furthermore it is a corporate policy—its got nothing to do with them.

One of the clerks was combative about the issue and I walked away saying they should bring this up with owners.

So I did a little survey in the mall and the next store said no, they have no way of taking American money or giving exchange.

I am not an American—just had some American money left from holidays—but I find this issue unfair to our tourists and wonder if this is common practice in Kelowna. When in the States I know they take our money and give us exchange (good or bad). I just find this so wrong at so many levels.

Linda Cline,



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