Jul 07 2009
When you spot a penny on the street, do you pick it up?
Well, I do if it doesn’t look icky. Based on how many pennies I’ve picked up off the ground over the years, not many people pick up pennies. Pennies aren’t worth the effort.
Pennies must not be worth the effort of pocketing as I’ve seen as many as seven scattered together.
I feel a bit self-conscious picking up the pennies but invariably that extra penny allows me to even out my change when I pay in cash. I like being able to give $10.02 for something that costs $9.77 and get a quarter back instead of 2 dimes and 3 pennies.
This brings me to the topic of dimes.
If you saw a dime on the street, would you pick it up?
I certainly would. Unless it were covered in goo.
This past Sunday I was buying bread at the Farmers Market. The bread stand usually has a line snaking around it.
As I reached over to pay for the bread, I noticed a dime on the white cloth covered display. The dime wasn’t hidden amongst the folds; it shone in bright new dimeness. Since it wasn’t covered in goo, I took it.
I ended up using the dime soon after to pay for something that involved 35 cents. I only had 27 cents so the dime was perfect.
The next day I spotted a dime as I was leaving the train station on the way to work. People were streaming along with me.
It was not far from the little coffee shack where people paused to buy a cup. You’d think they’d have picked it up then.
It’s not like it was covered in goo.
As I stooped to pick it up, I wondered if people thought a dime wasn’t worth anything. If a penny is thought to be worth nothing, were dimes valued at next to nothing?
Are dimes the new penny?
I was also struck by the fact that I found a dime 2 days in a row. A penny I can understand, they are uh, a dime a dozen on the street. I wondered if this was merely coincidence.
I found out that I’m not the only one finding dimes.
I also found a site that wasn’t about coins but about change.
You may not want to pick up those pennies and dimes lying on the ground but small (positive) change is a good thing.
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