After reading the information on Trip Advisor about luggage lockers at Butterworth, I arrived with trepidation.
We started walking towards the bus station as there seemed to be a greater belief in the presence of lockers there than anywhere else. Halfway there a taxi driver told us they had been closed and they were now at the temporary train station.
So we traipsed over to the train station, and found no lockers. After wandering for a while I wandered up to the new but unopened station and a security guard who spoke no English seemed to point us back to the bus station.
So we retraced our steps through the water, negotiated the road shared between pedestrians and semi trailers, and soon found a bank of lockers.
These lockers required three 50 sen pieces, and the lady manning the payment station for the nearby toilets refused to help but sent me over to the hawker stands to find change.
If you've been in Malaysia for a while you will soon realise that they hardly use 50 sen pieces, so I was still fearful, but I did find a friendly chap who was happy to make change when I bought a drink (which I needed anyway).
So we returned to the lockers and found that we had the wrong 50 sen coins. The machine requires the small, brass coin, and won't accept the larger silver one! Luckily the unhelpful toilet lady had gone and the other toilet lady came over with three brass coins. The machine refused the third and after some fiddling we realised it was locking with only two coins. The friendly lady nonetheless kept my third coin.
So there are, today at least, lockers at Butterworth. And they kind of work. If you're lucky enough to find not only the right change, but also the right coin.
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