Twice, I've witnessed businesses rejecting five-cent coins as payment.
I was at a hawker centre in Ghim Moh recently and I saw a woman giving a stallholder two five-cent coins in payment.
The stallholder became angry and shouted at the customer, warning her not to come back or she would return the five-cent coins to her.
Another time, I went to a pastry shop in Toa Payoh and bought some pastries for $10.40 in total. I gave the cashier a $50 note, and she asked if I had 40 cents.
I gave her one 10-cent coin, one 20-cent coin and two five-cent coins.
The cashier told me that the shop did not accept five-cent coins as it did not sell anything that had five cents in its price.
She reluctantly accepted the five-cent coins after I told her that the coins were legal tender in Singapore.
If five-cent coins are going to continue being legal tender in Singapore, then the authorities must ensure that businesses do not refuse these coins from customers.
Haron Lim Lay Choo (Ms)