Sisi mocked for pleading for 'spare change'
Egyptians are getting used to hearing the government ask them to make economic sacrifices in the face of a struggling economy.
However on Monday a new plea to the public for small change from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sparked amusement among his hard-pressed people.
Sisi took to the stage at a housing project launch and asked Egyptians to donate extra "change" - even pennies - to help fund Egypt's social spending.
Announcing a new housing project, the former military leader said: "I don't know how we can do it but, you know that extra change, the 50p or one pound in our day-to-day transactions, can you put it towards these projects?"
Giving another example, Sisi said when cashing in a salary cheque for 1,250.80 pounds "can't we donate that extra 80p or whatever?"
"We are talking about possibly 20-30 million people. If everyone donated their extra change of one pound we are talking about potentially big numbers," he said.
The IMF recently agreed a $12bn loan with Egypt in return for fiscal tightening, with the prospect of painful reforms around the corner to fulfil the terms of the deal. A quarter of Egyptians live on less than $2 a day.
In 2015 the investment minister, Ashraf Salman, stated Egypt had received $23bn in aid from the Gulf monarchies in just 18 months.
Egyptians quickly took to social media to respond to the president's request.
Remember that economic conference in Sharm el-Sheikh?
'I have no change'
Where will it go?
Translation: "Give me spare change so we can raise salaries for... the army, the police, and the judges"
Translation: "You took 64bn from the people and you didn't do anything with it, what will you do with our change?"