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The Black Guardian

Location: Paragon City, RI
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Location: Prague, Bohemia
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Subj: Re: the 1 cent problem
Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 at 09:20:27 am EDT (Viewed 536 times)
Reply Subj: the 1 cent problem
Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 at 03:42:36 pm EDT (Viewed 732 times)

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Change this to one penny, one cent, or whatever the lowest equivalent is where you are from.

It's a no win situation. When you pay for something in a shop/store and the total comes to say $19.99. You pay with a $20 bill. Then what do you do? you have two options, both are crappy.

Do you...?

A. Stand there like a nimrod waiting for your one cent change. Like "I'm gonna gets the cash coming to me. I gots big plans for this penny."

or B: Even worse, just wave it off like a big hot shot that doesn't need the money. "Hey, Mr Shop assistant, you keep the change. I know you need it more than me. Go out and buy yourself something nice. On me."

Both options suck. Now I know lots of smaller shops have put in the "leave a penny, take a penny" tray, but what do you do when that's not an option? Say in a department store. Just curious because there doesn't seem to be a "better" option in this situation.

If a place has a tip jar, then I'm usually telling them to keep the change (nickles, dimes, quarters too). This isn't being worse. It's not saying you're better than the cashier. It's giving them proper respect.

But if there's no jar, give me my damn penny. Unless my change is precisely 1-3 pennies, I won't sort through my change to put them in those "leave a penny, need a penny" bowls. I don't ever feel like sorting my change in a store. It's not being a nimrod to get your money back. This is what I do in places like drug stores, groceries, and gas stations.

After about a month of this, I typically have amassed about $20-30 in change, which I redeem at the closest CoinStar machine. Don't know how many pennies are in that figure; don't particularly care, but they were my pennies.

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