Xiàmén’s first ATM machines, in the mid-90s, were for closed during noon naps (Xiūxi休息). I told an official, “I think Xiamen just wants to look modern and our ATM’s are fake. A little peasant hiding inside hands out money, and he goes home for lunch.”
“Not true!” he protested. “These are real ATMs!”
“I was joking!” I said to the blustering banker, but he wasn’t mollified. Soon afterwards they started keeping ATMs open even at lunch.I hope I didn’t cost the little guy his job.