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Posted: 12/4/2002 11:52:01 AM EDT
A penny is not worth the time to even type this. But it's the principle of getting what belongs to you without having to ask for it that I am posting this. I was getting something at a 7-11 a couple days ago and the purchase came to exactly .99 cents. The clerk rings it up and gives me back $4.00 from my $5.00 bill. I look at him and he asked me was there anything else and said the penny,he said "oh you are wanting that penny sir?" I said I couldn't care less about the penny but I don't like getting short changed. He said most people don't even wait for the penny's any more so he doesn't offer them. [size=4][red]WTF?![/red][/size=4] Did I miss something? He was a little disturbed that I waited for that penny, he would have been a lot more disturbed if he got a little smarter with his mouth. If I was an immigrant working in a new country I think I would be very polite to all I encountered and damn sure would not make assumptions about their change. On the way out I made sure he saw me throw it in the SPCA donation can along with some other loose change I had.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:02:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/4/2002 12:03:02 PM EDT by ilikelegs]
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[Last Edit: 12/4/2002 12:22:08 PM EDT by Boomholzer]
A while ago I dropped a penny as i was putting the change into my pocket at a gas station. The older guy behind me in line pointed out my dropped penny and I responded that it wasn't worth bending over for. The old guy proceded to ridicule me under his breath. He was somehow offended by my actions. I laughed.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:08:56 PM EDT
Boom I wouldn't waste my time for a penny either ,in this case it is the principle of being cheated and not taking it.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:09:18 PM EDT
I never really cared about pennies, too many lying around the house. After all, we pronounce prices at the nearest 0. For example, 4.99 is 5 dollars, .99 is 1 dollar and so on.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:10:29 PM EDT
Yea, but its MY penny !!!
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:12:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jrzy: A penny is not worth the time to even type this. But it's the principle of getting what belongs to you without having to ask for it that I am posting this. I was getting something at a 7-11 a couple days ago and the purchase came to exactly .99 cents. The clerk rings it up and gives me back $4.00 from my $5.00 bill. I look at him and he asked me was there anything else and said the penny,he said "oh you are wanting that penny sir?" I said I couldn't care less about the penny but I don't like getting short changed. He said most people don't even wait for the penny's any more so he doesn't offer them. [size=4][red]WTF?![/red][/size=4] Did I miss something? He was a little disturbed that I waited for that penny, he would have been a lot more disturbed if he got a little smarter with his mouth. If I was an immigrant working in a new country I think I would be very polite to all I encountered and damn sure would not make assumptions about their change. On the way out I made sure he saw me throw it in the SPCA donation can along with some other loose change I had.
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Ugh. I hate when they pull this shit. A penny isn't worth much, but it is MINE, not the store's. I've had waitresses try to pull similar BS on me.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:14:37 PM EDT
I am 36 years old and I am the 6'7" 235 Lb. guy who stops and picks up all those pennies that are on the ground. I have always told people that I was going to send my kids to college on the pennies that I find.[:D] Just keep tossin' on the ground for me and I will put them to good use! Thanks for all the pennies! Big(PennyPickin'Up)Dozer66
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:20:48 PM EDT
I pick up almost every coin I see. I read something about ten years ago that made me start doing this. What I read was that if the average person were to pick up every coin they walk by on the street they will have accumulated over $18,000 in "spare change" before they die. You wouldn't throw 18 grand into the street, but that's essentially what you do by not picking up the money that other people find too worthless to keep. [:)]
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:24:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jrzy: Boom I wouldn't waste my time for a penny either ,in this case it is the principle of being cheated and not taking it.
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Understood. Also, of more value than the penny is the fact that someone else is making a [b]assumption[/b] on your behalf.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:27:24 PM EDT
A penny saved is indeed a penny earned. And it is better in your pocket than their's.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:27:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Muad_Dib: I pick up almost every coin I see. I read something about ten years ago that made me start doing this. What I read was that if the average person were to pick up every coin they walk by on the street they will have accumulated over $18,000 in "spare change" before they die. You wouldn't throw 18 grand into the street, but that's essentially what you do by not picking up the money that other people find too worthless to keep. [:)]
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Do you really walk by $0.65 every day? I doubt it. I don't think I see $0.65 in spare change on the street in the average month. The real figure is probably well under $1000 in a lifetime.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:28:27 PM EDT
I pick up almost every coin I see. I read something about ten years ago... that if the average person were to pick up every coin they walk by on the street they will have accumulated over $18,000 in "spare change" before they die.
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And how's that going? You should have a few thousand dollars by now....
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:30:57 PM EDT
I read that for Bill Gates, it's not worth his time to bend down and pick up $10,000. That's just nuts. But I hear ya too, I hate when something is $5.01 and they wait for me to find a penny but If it's $4.99 and I give them $5 they move right on to the next person in line without giving me my penny. I swear I have an unlce that will retire off of others lost/left change.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:32:25 PM EDT
WARNING.... never touch a penny. The only reason they are still in circulation is to obtain a thumbprint and DNA sample from everyone in the US. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:35:31 PM EDT
If store owners don't want to give the penny, then they should mark the items to the nearest dollar, it would save alot of time instead of this "4.99", "9.95" BS.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:38:50 PM EDT
If they have the penny cup, then sure, I'll drop it in. When they ASSUME, ie. take me for granted, then I'll demand the penny and keep it. It's the principle that it is MY CHOICE to drop the penny in the cup...not theirs!!
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 12:46:32 PM EDT
Re: Bill Gates time. I hear this often, usually goes something like: My boss bills my time at $120 an hour. Or I get paid $35/hr. If it takes me 2 hours to make something, that I coulda bought for $50, it's not worth my time. The fallacy in this, is that, my boss does not pay me to fix my toilet, or tile the bathroom, or put up molding in my living room. Unless I take off time from work to do this - then the opportunity cost is an intangible thing. (Was I going to sit and watch Mayberry reruns on the couch tonight, or is this time I was going to use to read the Chronicles of Narnia to my kids?) Even Bill Gates does not get paid to take a dump.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 1:19:01 PM EDT
.... I must be the only one wondering how these girly boys would handle this same situation if they were escorted by a real adult that would be there to bitch slap em and then change their diapers.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 1:28:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BostonTeaParty: Do you really walk by $0.65 every day? I doubt it. I don't think I see $0.65 in spare change on the street in the average month. The real figure is probably well under $1000 in a lifetime.
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I know. The numbers don't seem to add up, but it's enough to make you wonder. If you live to be 78 and you walk by only 25 cents a day, that adds up to $7117.50. You have to take into account the fact that there's no way you could see absolutely every coin or bill laying in the street. Also, I suppose it depends on the economy and the area that you live in. During an economic slump or recession, people are much more likely to complain when they're shorted a penny and are more likely to watch what they drop. And think about all the distance you cover when you're driving. You're not going to stop the car and get out to pick up a dollar, much less a penny, but it's still money that you travel over.
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Link Posted: 12/4/2002 2:05:11 PM EDT
Ever seen Bob Munden shoot those Silver Dollars or those JFK 50 cent pieces on American shooter?
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 2:33:11 PM EDT
To quote an old saying: Watch the pennies, and the dollars will take care of them selves.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 2:37:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Boomholzer: A while ago I dropped a penny as i was putting the change into my pocket at a gas station. The older guy behind me in line pointed out my dropped penny and I responded that it wasn't worth bending over for. The old guy proceded to ridicule me under his breath. He was somehow offended by my actions. I laughed.
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Probably beacuse the "older" gentleman fought and watched his friends die in war to make sure the "penny" had Lincoln on it and not some foreign tyrant.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 2:46:57 PM EDT
Don't shop at an Army and Air Force exchange then, they don't carry or give out pennies at all.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 2:50:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ORM-D: Even Bill Gates does not get paid to take a dump.
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I bet if he dumped in a can, he could seal it and sell it on eBay. I'd do it just so I could tell all of my friends that I shit money.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 3:05:02 PM EDT
I save pennies for my son. He has a huge bottle he keeps them in, when it gets full, we wrap 'em up, trade them for bills, then he gets to go shopping. They add up pretty fast. I'm a single mom, I try to spoil him as much as I can, but it's tough. He's a great kid and I just wish I could give him more. So, needless to say, if I get shorted a penny by a clerk, I make sure I get it.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 3:10:35 PM EDT
You should attempt to purchase something that is $10.01 and just give them a $10, next time. You can assume they don't want the penny either.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 11:03:00 PM EDT
hey i look at this way they do add up.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 11:30:10 PM EDT
Lets say he does this to 100 people a day (7-11 is open 24 hours a day so it COULD happen) times that by 365 dys a year... THATS 365.00 Dollars... ...Think of the ammo you can buy! and you said it was ONLY a penny.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 11:34:29 PM EDT
I always pick up the pennies- Every damn one I see.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 11:39:17 PM EDT
As a certified underwater currency retrieval technician, I appreciate each and every coin that you all abandon at the mall water fountains. It helps make my salvage operations all worth it.
Link Posted: 12/4/2002 11:49:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BigDozer66: I am 36 years old and I am the 6'7" 235 Lb. guy who stops and picks up all those pennies that are on the ground. I have always told people that I was going to send my kids to college on the pennies that I find.[:D] Just keep tossin' on the ground for me and I will put them to good use! Thanks for all the pennies! Big(PennyPickin'Up)Dozer66
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My wife and I have been saving our change, along with the pennies that I find on the ground, for our son since he was born a little over 5 months ago. He now has well over $300 in his savings account. [:)]
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 4:00:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DrFrige: Lets say he does this to 100 people a day (7-11 is open 24 hours a day so it COULD happen) times that by 365 dys a year... THATS 365.00 Dollars... ...Think of the ammo you can buy! and you said it was ONLY a penny.
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Damn, you beat me to it...But I think your estimate for 100 people might be a little low, especially if it's in a highly populated area. I would expect at least 150-200 so you could probably double that 365 bucks a year. Thats a lot more ammo, lol
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 4:17:42 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/5/2002 5:22:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By guardian855: Don't shop at an Army and Air Force exchange then, they don't carry or give out pennies at all.
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When I was in the AF stationed in England, AAFES rounded up or down to the nearest .05. It was a bit unusual at first but I got used to it and actually enjoyed not having to mess with pennies. With the penny having no real spending power (penny candy is at least .05 now) we should just get rid of them and round up or down to the nearest nickle. It worked great then, why not?
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 6:10:32 AM EDT
Don't touch the pennies!!!!!!!!!!!!! [url]http://www.geocities.com/savant2000/transcripts/ass_pennies/ass_pennies.html[/url]
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 6:25:54 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/5/2002 6:55:32 AM EDT
i too, remember reading about a jogger that picked up every coin he encountered while running. over a period of years, it was in the thousands of dollars. and i tend to pick up everything too. and only leave pennies if they are heads down. also, the "luck" of the coin is directly related to the number of people that see you pick up.
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 7:10:43 AM EDT
[size=5]It all comes down to luck![/size=5] If I find a penny on heads, It's [b]GOOD[/b] luck and I pick it up. On the other hand... If I find a penny on [i]tails[/i], it's [b]GOOD[/b] luck and I still pick it up. Following this strategy, I now have about 150 lbs of pennies (haven't counted them yet) that I've collected over the last 15 years. Just my $0.01, cause I picked one of them up. J
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 7:15:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By racebaiter: i too, remember reading about a jogger that picked up every coin he encountered while running. over a period of years, it was in the thousands of dollars. and i tend to pick up everything too. and only leave pennies if they are heads down. also, the "luck" of the coin is directly related to the number of people that see you pick up.
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So if I run out to the fifty yard line during the super bowl and pick up a penny, I should expect a crate of assorted NIB pre-ban AR's sitting in my living room when I get home? SWEET!
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 7:53:31 AM EDT
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QT (Quik Trip for those of you living under a rock) is awesome about this. Heck recently I had $23.04 worth of gas. I gave her $25 and got $2 bucks back. They always have penny cups and never shortchange you. QT is inevitable, you will be assimilated. editied for my crappy grammer and spelling...
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 8:08:05 AM EDT
Way OT but I cant wait till we have QT's here in South Florida. Just another reason why I miss Georgia [:(] echo6
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 12:05:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By H357SIGK: [size=5]It all comes down to luck![/size=5] If I find a penny on heads, It's [b]GOOD[/b] luck and I pick it up. On the other hand... If I find a penny on [i]tails[/i], it's [b]GOOD[/b] luck and I still pick it up. Following this strategy, I now have about 150 lbs of pennies (haven't counted them yet) that I've collected over the last 15 years. Just my $0.01, cause I picked one of them up. J
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You've got 150 pounds in pennies and you will only share your one cent here!?! That must be how you have so many pennies... instead of sharing your $.02, you cut the cost in half!!! Smart man, yas-ser.
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 12:16:06 PM EDT
A coin of any type found is "Good Luck" in my opinion![:D] I give all my change to my daughter and son...If I forget and lay it on the counter it disappears![:O] They both have "Piggy Banks" in their rooms to keep it in! BigDozer66
Link Posted: 12/5/2002 12:22:17 PM EDT
A friend went out to California on business. Went into a fast food joint. She needed a penny, so she reached in the jar and they said "HEY STOP THAT - That's for tips!!!" Tipping for fastfood? Forget their gun weirdness, THIS is proof that California is fruity beyond help.
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