My brother was at this bar Saturday night and in comes a fellow and gives the bartender a bunch of receipts. The bartender browse through the bundle and says with a gesture, obviously unhappy about this, “You guys are ruining me…!” He seemingly registers the numbers in the counter, keeps the receipts, takes a lot of cash out of the register and gives to the man, who walks out again.
The man with the receipts is of the ethnical group who “run things” in this town, which reinforces the suspicion that there was a gangster thing going on (though, it should be mentioned, the vast majority of said ethnical group are upset with the criminality of some of their peers).
But if it was protection money or something of the kind, how would it work: The receipts on the on the one hand, the register and the cash on the other? What’s the “economics” behind this barter?