It’s raining cash...

AUSTRALIANS can learn a lot from Indonesia, least of which is how to be innovative, according to the Australia-Indonesia Business Council. Council chairman Ross Taylor has kindly informed The Note of some interesting ways our northern neighbours are making a quick rupiah. Apparently, the main toll roads in Indonesia have been plagued by thousands of loose nails flooding the streets recently, causing a sharp upsurge in the demand for tyre repairs. It seems these nails have not been dropped from the sky, but deliberately spread on roads by tyre-repair shop owners eager to increase their business. If you want to make an honest dollar though, there’s work aplenty during the wet season. According to Mr Taylor, within two minutes of a thunderstorm occurring in Jakarta, dozens of young kids emerge in the central business district to escort departing visitors to their cars under umbrellas, for a fee. It is believed these locals make enough money in an afternoon of wet weather to pay for a week’s food for their family.

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