(29 Dec 2001) SHOTLIST
1. Exterior Thomas Cook Money Exchange
2. Woman looking at currency sign
3. Currency exchange indicator
4. Men at counter of exchange booth
5. Girl gives money to customer who puts it in wallet.
6. Girl in exchange booth
7. Girl transacts money exchange
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristina, Clerk:
"People ask me about the euro, when is it going to come out, how does it look like, if the currency will change also and when is the last date that they can change their money to U.S. dollars and then get euro."
9. Wide of euro fact sheet
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nora Sanborn, vox pop:
"I think it's very sad because I have never even been to Paris and I'll never get to use a Franc."
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Babette Preveot, vox pop:
"I'm an American, it doesn't make any difference to me, although I'll miss all that pretty French money and German marks."
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Zigo, Vox pop:
"It really doesn't mean much to me. It's going to make it uniform I guess if it, as it is here. You know Europe is kind of like the United States. Different states all have the same money so, even though they are different countries. I think it makes a lot of sense, that way if you are travelling, foreigners as well as Europeans, it kind of makes sense to me."
13. Wide of Wall Street and pan to stock brokers
14. Stock broker goes into Stock Exchange
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Mason, Stock Broker:
"I don't think there is so much of a competition. I think that we are on the same page. We all want the same thing and that's, you know, a strong world economy. So I hope it helps the world, I don't see that as competition in other words. I think it's going to benefit the US and Europe and hopefully the world."
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Howard, Stock exchange worker:
"I think it's going to be a great thing. I think it will help to unify the economies of Europe. It's stumbled a bit but I think once people get the physical currency in their hands it will be terrific."
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Kopcho, Psychologist:
"I think the euro now is very depressed. It's very good for Americans travelling to any of the 13 nations that are trading in the currency. Automatically if you were to go to Europe today and purchase anything with the euro, basically January first, second, you would be getting an automatic 12 percent discount based on the strength of our dollar and the weakness of the euro. When the euro came out two years ago in January, trading for Visa transactions only, it cost $1.17 US to buy one euro. Now it costs 88 cents (US) to buy one euro. So its to your advantage to trade dollars for euros and get great bargains, 12 percent immediately, on your purchases in Europe."
18. Exterior of Chase Bank
19. Currency exchange indicator
20. People in Times Square
21. Wide of Times Square
Americans appear unconcerned about the imminent shift in European currencies to the euro when the new year strikes in a couple of days.
Attitudes among most Americans seem to be largely blase, with sentiments often being about how American has one currency and now Europe too will be unified financially.
On Wall Street stock brokers expressed optimism about the financial shift, one even suggesting that bargain hunters from the U-S would find a currency windfall exchanging dollars for the cheaper euro.
The final phase of the introduction of the euro as the official currency for 12 European nations begins on January 1, 2002, when euro bills and coins are made available for the first time.
After a short transition period, no longer than two months, according to the European Union, the currencies of the 12 countries will no longer be accepted as legal tender.
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