I recently returned to the US from the philippines and before I left I had 100k pesos I needed changing into dollars as they government will not let you leave the country with more than 10k. So I go to a bank near my hotel and ask if they can change my money into dollars. As I am white, the first thing they asked was "do you reside in the philippines?" I said "No, I'm going home and need to change these pesos into dollars" Thats when I got the surprise as they told me they can only change the money into dollars if I live in the philippines. I asked why the hell would I need dollars if I live here? The question seemed to stump the teller as if she had no clue as to why bank policy was like that. This was one of the larger banks in the philippines. I eventually got the money changed at another bank that was going to sell to me for 46.85 to the dollar, but after complaining for 30 minutes (in philippines bank transactions sometimes take hours) The manager told the girl to recheck the price and they gave me 45.55 giving me about an exta $50 which was used nicely for the shakedown they give you at the airport with bullshit terminal fees, security fees and all the like that they make you pay before they let you get on your plane. I am wondering now if banks over the world are scared about letting dollars get back into the US economy and creating inflation. I cant possibly imagine this is it as it was only a small amount of money, but I guess if you have several thousand people do it at banks all over per day, it could add up.