Sri Lanka’s finance ministry employees went nuts when a mini forutune was offered to them by Chilaw Plantations company in the form of precious coconuts at a near 50 percent discount.
Some 1,200 employees at the General Treasury Building in Colombo Fort had the good fortune to double their money buying coconuts at 65 rupees each and flipping them at double the cost.
However, the party was short-lived when the vendor got wise and restricted the number of nuts each treasury staffer could purchase to just eight. It is not clear on what basis / formula the nuts were rationed at eight per person.
Police stepped up security at the treasury as the coconut cargo pulled up with each truck carrying nearly 1.5 million rupees worth of fresh nuts.
Employees from neighbouring Colombo Hilton, the Galadarai Hotel and the Presidential Secretariat were turned away.
The recent drought in one corner of the country and floods in the other as well as cutting down trees have reduced the harvest this time sending prices to an all time high.