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    Please Explain: part 2

    Since Plastique's thread kind of got side tracked, I'll start again.
    No anger here, just wonderment.

    Why is everything in Moscow under 'remont'? I'm gone for a month and when I come back, half the business that were here in September are gone and the rest being remonted. Including new businesses in new buildings. Very weird. Retail shops still full of merchandise are under 'remont'. Like #13 Novy Arbat.

    How many casinos can Moscow support? I never see more than one or two lonely people through the window, yet a dozen new casinos have sprung up in the neighborhood in the last month or so. What's going on with this?

    Money. Is there a bill and coin shortage in this country? Why is it that cashiers won't take anything but exact change? At the store today (as always) when I pay, the cashier spies some small notes in my wallet and insists that I use them to pay her. So I'm now stuck with a thousand ruble note that's damned hard to get rid of. What's with that? Why is there never any change?

    To Plastique: Ask and ye shall receive The Ramstore on Krasna Presnya has removed the lady who has the plastic bags to seal up purses and backpacks and stuff. Gone! And no lockers either. You can just walk right in now without your belongings being shrink wrapped. And even more incredible--Behold! They've installed a customer service desk where her spot used to be. There is progress coming, hang on.

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    lol at Novy Arbat 13 being under remont - that is a mid 90's style illicit takeover of premises which were owned by various and sundry disreputable organisations over the years.

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    Regarding remont, I think it's natural in a city where many of the buildings are rather old. Think about it, the age of Moscow is older than the age of the US. *shrug* You'd expect time to wear on them a bit.

    Tour guide I sent my boss with once said there were over 6000 gambling establishments in Moscow (not necessarily casinos, but places where one can go to "gamble".) Braders might have a figure on the casino thing.

    If you goto a small store, don't try to pay with 1000 ruble notes But if you're ever in a quick need to cash one, I've found the best place to do it is either a currency exchange (duh) or - get this - the metro. I buy one ticket and use 1000 rubles. They growl, but they change it.

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    In some cases, however, including the rather extreme one I mentioned above, remont means the end of the establishment that had been there previously, and the opening of a different one in its stead. This can range from a private supermarket or pharmacy being replaced with a chain store such as Perekriostok or 36.6 - all the way to a hardware store being replaced with a slot machine parlour . Often happens w/restaurants when there is a change of theme or ownership - first you see a remont sign and then you see an entirely new establishment six months later.

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    Originally posted by 85StonePolarBear
    In some cases, however, including the rather extreme one I mentioned above, remont means the end of the establishment that had been there previously, and the opening of a different one in its stead. This can range from a private supermarket or pharmacy being replaced with a chain store such as Perekriostok or 36.6 - all the way to a hardware store being replaced with a slot machine parlour . Often happens w/restaurants when there is a change of theme or ownership - first you see a remont sign and then you see an entirely new establishment six months later.
    Isn't it natural that a new owner would refurbish the place to his taste/liking? I thought it is pretty normal for any country
    I want to die like my grandfather - smiling in his sleep. Not screaming with horror, like his passengers.

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    Yes, but usually you see a sign marked "Coming Soon - XXY" and not "Closed for Repair." What you have here is a repair sign followed by activity, followed by another entity altogether opening in the same location.

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    Re: Please Explain: part 2

    Originally posted by pengwn9
    How many casinos can Moscow support? I never see more than one or two lonely people through the window, yet a dozen new casinos have sprung up in the neighborhood in the last month or so. What's going on with this?
    Currently around 85-90 Casinos in Moscow, this figure changes often, as for Slot halls i would hazard a guess at around 1500, though some of them are not what i would consider a Slots hall.
    I don't know how you can see anyone gambling in a Casino through a window Pengwn9? a slots hall yes, but Casinos very, very rarely have windows for obvious reasons.

    Originally posted by pengwn9

    Money. Is there a bill and coin shortage in this country? Why is it that cashiers won't take anything but exact change? At the store today (as always) when I pay, the cashier spies some small notes in my wallet and insists that I use them to pay her. So I'm now stuck with a thousand ruble note that's damned hard to get rid of. What's with that? Why is there never any change?
    Haven't had this problem for ages, sure she asks me for change and i tell her i don't have any, problem solved, off she toddles to get some. Granted that's in a Supermarket though.
    If they run out of change in the exchange banks what chance have the local stores got? the reason behind this is pure laziness and lack of organization by the administrator of said store or exchange bank.

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    I have been outrightlu\y refused to be sold things because they have not change and will look at me like It's your problem deal with it" instead of Oh my gosh! your buying things here pays my salary!!! let me figure something out!!!


    as for TONS of remont everywhere, I was told that there is a tax law loophole that says if the business goes under within a year it doesn't have to pay taxes. What they will do is close down, change a letter from a to A in their paperwork (or rename altogether) and then reopen under the different guise.
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