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It happened again today. I bought my lunch at an international hypermarket — I shall not say where. The cost was Dh15.30 and I gave the cashier Dh16. She gave me 50 fils in change. Where, I wondered, did the other 20 fils go? I am but a single stalk of wheat, you may think. Actually, I am an integral part of a giant field of wheat, at 20 fils per transaction. Multiply 20 fils by 50,000 such transactions seven days a week across all the stores in the UAE. That’s an awful lot of wheat stalks. A veritable “field of gold”, as Sting might sing. To put it another way, that’s Dh3.6 million per year. What is the point of this little rant? It is all to do with boiled frogs. If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, the frog will jump out. If you put a frog into a pot of cold water, and very slowly turn up the temperature, the frog will not jump out. For more information, please visit: https://gulfnews.com/business/analysis/vat-don-t-let-uae-cashiers-round-up-numbers-for-you-1.2264481