One of my library duties is working the cash register for library fines and used book purchases. If I’m on the lower level, I get a lot of the latter, since my desk is right across from the bookstore.
Last Saturday, a lady bought $3 worth of used books which, with MD sales tax comes to $3.18. Since she paid $3.20, I gave her back two pennies. She looked at them in her hand and said “Oh dear, what am I going to do with two cents?”
I told her that I had a coin jar myself, but added that pennies (or other change) can be used to make children happy. If she didn’t want them, I suggested that she drop them somewhere outside the library where a child might find them.
Do you remember the excitement of seeing a shiny penny lying on the ground? Did a quarter seem like a fortune to you? My littlest brother in law may be past the penny counting stage. After all, he’s a very mature 12. But when he was younger, I remember how excited he’d get about every cent he collected.
It’s a snowflake revolution out there, and coin jars can help you watch your money build for paying off debts or increasing savings. Here’s a great visual image of how pennies can accumulate. But even though I save most of mine or use them to check tires, I still like to drop or place the occasional penny and hope someone else gets joy out of it.
Do you pick up pennies? Do you drop them? Do you think pennies are a waste of time?