Cash sits openly on this ticket counter. It’s not uncommon that thousands of dollars in cash sit openly like this. Lots of hassle to go in-and-out of tills with Hong Kong volumes. I can only imagine how much is actually locked away.
Unlike North America, it’s funny how cash (not plastic) rules Hong Kong. Businesses do anything to keep prices / costs low. And consumers do anything to remain debt-free… even if it is only until a statement arrives in the mail.