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Got too many Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes? Here’s where you can spend them in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise move of demonitising Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes yesterday may have irked many sitting with notes of these denominations, but fear not! Various restaurant, spa and gym chains in Delhi have responded with offers and discounts so that you can use these notes (or your card, in case you are carrying only hundreds!).

delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2016 14:04 IST
The introduction of new Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has brought in several offers in the Capital.
The introduction of new Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has brought in several offers in the Capital.

Want to get rid of your useless Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes? Or are you just carrying loose change and your credit card today? Various food joints, salons, and gyms in Delhi have come up with offers and discounts for those who want to pay by card or bid goodbye to their old notes, which were demonitised last evening by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We are giving some heavy cash benefits to customers who come to us today for services. Say, if you pay us Rs 1,00,000, you can enjoy services of Rs 1,10,000; for Rs 2,00,000 enjoy services worth Rs 2,20,000 and so on. The icing on the cake is that you can enjoy these services for the rest of the year,” says Simi, manager at Toni&Guy Model Town Branch.

Websites offering home services are also not to be left behind as they have come up with their own schemes for their customers. “People usually prefer to pay in cash once they have availed their services. However, since change will now be an issue for most people, we have introduced an offer where you can pay online after you have received your chosen services,” says Tina from UrbanClap, a home service website.

Memes around the old notes have started doing the rounds on social networking sites.

Some chains are even accepting old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. “We will accept all your Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes if you take membership from us. However, the offer will be running only for one day as we have been getting too many enquiries from people, and we don’t have enough staff to accommodate everyone,” says Gurpreet, sales staff, Anytime Fitness, a gym in Janakpuri.

Cashless and hungry? Head to Dunkin’ Donut, a donut chain, which is offering a 25% discount to those who pay by card. “This is an interesting way to get brand noticed during such times. And food is always a good way to connect people and get a conversation going,” says Prashant Sarwade, marketing head, Dunkin’ Donuts.

Be careful though, for there are some hoax offer messages that are doing the rounds. One such message is reportedly by Meena Bazaar, the apparel store which promises that the store is accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1000. We contacted one of the store managers, who denied having sent out any such message.