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Old 04-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Poll: Would you stop to pick up a penny?

Suppose you were out somewhere in public (maybe a shopping mall, a sidewalk, really could be anywhere) and found a penny on the floor or ground that you did not drop. Assuming the place was not very crowded and you could easily pick it up without drawing much attention to yourself, would you pick it up? I heard a saying that if you find a penny it will be your lucky day. When I was younger, I'd always reach for a penny but now most of the time I pass it by, figuring someone else needs it more than I do.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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I know it is odd, I will pick up a penny, but only if it is heads up.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:45 PM   #3
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I know it is odd, I will pick up a penny, but only if it is heads up.
That is not odd. That is THE RULE.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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I heard that it's not worth it for a US fortune 500 CEO to stop and pick up a $100 bill!
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:27 PM   #5
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I just wish they'd abolish pennies and round to the nearest nickel... When I was in Australia 15 years ago that's what they did. They also paid restaurant employees and so on a living wage so you basically didn't tip them... so nice.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #6
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I won't, but DW will. with one exception. sometimes she visits a sewer plant for work, and won't pick up coins there
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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Yes. My friend and I started picking up coins when we rode our bikes around in 1991. When the "found money" pile hit $10 we chose to continue saving it instead of celebrating with a pizza. A while later I started using it for stock purchases (the "found money" fund would own 1 share out of the hundreds I would purchase). The fund now has over $1300.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:02 PM   #8
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I would pick up a 1/10-penny if they made such a coin. To me, legal tender is legal tender.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:05 PM   #9
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I know it is odd, I will pick up a penny, but only if it is heads up.
Same here. One is permitted to flip an upside-down penny, however, leaving luck for the next person who comes by.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:30 AM   #10
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Depends what shape my back is in. If I'm doing well, I'll pick it up though I hesitate to pick up "tail" pennies as some others have mentioned. I can just imagine my back going out for my trouble. Tonight, in Costco's parking lot, I picked up a "Hawaiian nickel" (that's an aluminum can for which someone paid $.06 deposit. You can redeem for only $.05!) If I ever run short in my stash, I'll be combing the trash cans (as a number of homeless do) to find more "nickels". As Rocky Balboa said in Rocky pt. 1, "It's a livin'."

Oddly, just a few days ago, i saw a few pennies left on a table (maybe at Taco Bell?). I scooped them up and later discovered that one of the pennies was a steel penny from 1943. No idea what it's worth (not a lot, I suppose) though I understand a few 1944 pennies were accidentally struck and circulated from left over steel blanks. Those ARE valuable. The novelty of finding a 70 year old "special" coin was worth the effort whatever the value. As a kid, I recall getting change containing "indian head" pennies, steel pennies, 1944 "spent shell casing" pennies, "war nickels" (cast in silver as we had plenty of that stuff at the time - some of the base metals, not so much.), etc.

Thanks for the brief reverie as we consider the value of a penny. Sigh! I recall them as quite valuable to a kid of 7 or 8 back in the 50s. YMMV.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:11 AM   #11
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Usually I don't pick them up even if I drop them.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:49 AM   #12
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Nah, not worth it. I'm frugal but not that frugal.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:54 AM   #13
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No, because of inflation. Now I'll only stop to pick up a nickel or more.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #14
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Do you know the old saying about picking up a penny and give the away ten have good luck all day? I do that!
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No, because of inflation. Now I'll only stop to pick up a nickel or more.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #16
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This habit helped me find a $4500 diamond ring.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:43 AM   #17
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When DH and I were working and found a penny, we would pick it up and say "Now we can retire a nanosecond earlier!"

Six years into ER, we will still pick up a penny---not that we see them all that often. (Most people don't carry change.) Why not pick it up? We go to the gym every day to keep agile and strong and energetic, so it's effortless to bend down and pick it up. And the reward is actually better than the paycheck I retired from----sad to say I wasn't making a penny a second at my last job!
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My late Mother once pointed out that being able to bend down and pick up a penny (or a pin - she was a great seamstress) was a sign that you're not old yet. So naturally I will keep doing it as long as I can!

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #19
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I tend to pick them up, provided they're not horribly mucked up. The main reason I do it is that one of my roommates works as a waiter, and constantly leaves change around the house. So, I figure that any loose change I bring home gets me to the point of having something to roll up and take to the bank that much quicker.

I guess most people use Coinstar or whatever these days. But I'll still simply dig into the change jar, spread it out on the floor while I'm watching tv, and roll it up for the bank.
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You'd be surprised how much money I've picked up in parking lots over the years. No funny comments here, either!
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