"No money directly changes hands between cooks and eaters. Mealku's credit system intentionally defies easy conversion into dollars. One ku is worth something a little less than a buck in the new cash-back system. To D’Cruz-Young's thinking, Mealku is a closed, membership-based food club."
We all know the informal economy. I used to hitchhike to university, my neighbours have yard sales, friends help each other move house. None of this activity is regulated because it's at most minimally commercial. But there is a line, of course: if I started having a yard sale every weekend then my neighbours might think I'm stretching a point and complain to the by-law people. If I rented my house to strangers week in and week out – for money -- they might ask if I'm running a rooming house. And that's assuming that the people renting my house aren't running a brothel. So there is a trade-off here: informal activity for little or no money is OK. Commercial activity plays by different rules; a level of accountability is needed.
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