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View Poll Results: What amount does it take to get you to bend over to pick up money?
A penny will do... 88 69.29%
A nickel, if no one is looking. 18 14.17%
A dime, I have some standards. 7 5.51%
A quarter, it's sparkly! 7 5.51%
Has to be paper money, at least a buck! 1 0.79%
I'm loaded, let someone who needs it pick it up! 6 4.72%
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Will you Stoop to Pick up a Penny?
Old 10-25-2010, 05:02 PM   #1
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Will you Stoop to Pick up a Penny?

Thought this might be a fun poll, though frankly I suspect the posts will be funnier. Used to be I wouldn't bother to pick up a penny on the ground, but I did today - guess I'm ready to retire.

Have some fun!

What's the saying? "Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you'll have good luck."
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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Well, it all depends on what Penny looks like.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:07 PM   #3
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I usually don't bother with pennies, but if it's silver, it goes in my pocket.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:08 PM   #4
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I won't always stoop to pick up a penny. But if DW sees a penny on the ground, she'll pick it up for sure...
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Only pennies that are Heads Up.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:18 PM   #6
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My Mother was Irish, so I pick up pennies for good luck.

(She also used to point out that it was good exercise).

As a youngster, I used to find lots of dropped money - even a pair of $20 bills that must've fallen out of someone's pocket in a parking lot - but not any more. I think people just don't carry cash that much these days. Odd, that I've never found a dropped cell phone.

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I've picked up lots of pennies and loose change. Only one diamond ring though.
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I've picked up lots of pennies and loose change. Only one diamond ring though.
Oh...you FOUND MY RING

After all these years...I thought it was gone forever.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:36 PM   #9
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Yup, I do pick up pennies. The penny in question would have to have some kind of schmutz on it for me to leave it. I pick them up because I am mindful of my thrifty Granny's admonition: Never be so rich that you can't bend over to pick up a penny!
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The age old question.

Reminds me of a calculation.
Would it pay Bill Gates to pick up a hundred dollar bill?

A penny found is a penny earned.

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Old 10-25-2010, 05:56 PM   #11
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Sure, if it were a 1909-S VDB or a 1914-D....
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Only pennies that are Heads Up.
+1 . Really.
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My dad worked with a guy that religiously looked down as he walked around. He was a mail man, so that helped. He would put all the change found in a jar and at the end of the year he would have a couple hundred bucks. He would take the wife out to a nice dinner at a casino and then spend the balance playing keno while they ate. He would typically win a few bucks, but every couple years he would win a few thousand and come out way ahead.

So I pick up pennies.
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I pick up even a penny. Found a dime last week.
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Many years ago, I once got a dime getting repeatedly rejected by a vending machine. Upon close inspection, found out that that dime was silver. A silver dime! How did that get circulated and get in my hand as change without someone detected that before me? How lucky was that?

So, I kept it as keepsake in the drawer of my desk at work.

Some time later, remembered about that silver dime and looked for it. It was GONE! I must have forgotten, picked it up and spent it. ARGHHHH!
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Reminds me of one of Suze Orman's bromides about passing on free money.....e.g. a $5 savings with super market coupons or a $20 per/mo savings on home telephone service.

It goes something like "if you saw it on the ground, would you leave it there?

It's usually a pretty good motivator.
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I discovered checking the coin return on the change machines at the grocery stores are a pot o' gold! A few times I've collected close to $9-10 on multiple occasions. I guess people figure no coins ever get refused? I've taught my son to check and he gets to keep all the loose change for his piggy bank! He's even found a $20 bill under the self checkout at Home Depot.
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Yep, I pick all denominations, including pennies. Do it all the time. I also found a silver dime recently, probably 2 months back. I've learned to scan around in parking lots when I'm walking in from the car. People are always losing change getting in or out of their cars. I wish I knew how much I've picked up altogether. I'm gonna start keeping count now...I'll do it for a year from now, & post the results!
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:51 PM   #19
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I might pick up pennies. With the price of copper these days, it beats stealing it:
Couple electrocuted while stealing copper wire | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times
Electrocuted bodies of 2 suspected wiring thieves found - Los Angeles Times
Etc. Etc.
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Stop the presses. In a wholly uncharacteristic move, I just picked up A DIME no less, and tossed it in the take a penny leave a penny jar at the Post Office. Full disclosure, I was going to that window to get some small town extra service on mail forwarding and needed the karmic points... Usually I'll pick up any coin and stick it in the pocket, even though I hate to carry change and unload my pockets ASAP.
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