CARACAS, Venezuela — Pity the Bolívar, Venezuela’s currency, named after its independence hero, Simón Bolívar. Even some thieves do not want it anymore.

carjacked Pedro Venero, an engineer, earlier this year, he expected they would drive him to his bank to cash his check for a hefty sum in bolívars — the sort of thing that crime-weary Venezuelans have long since gotten used to.

POOR hUGO CHAVEZ, i DON’T THINK THIS IS WHAT HE ENVISIONED FOR HIS COUNTRY. i WONDER IF THE THIEVES ARE THE FORMER INTELLIGENTSIA OF THE COUNTRY.