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Do you pick up a penny off the ground?


By joemagiera

8 months ago



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    #1 8 months ago

    If you're out in public, would you pick up a penny off the ground?

    If not, how much does it need to be before you'd pick it up? Nickel? Dime? Quarter? More?

    Is your picking up (or not picking up) behavior different if you're with someone else?

    Would any of you leave a dollar bill on the ground?

    This reminds me of a very long time ago, way before cell phones, took a girl out on a first date for dinner. Afterwards, she went to use the bathroom before leaving and I was standing in the hall waiting for her. She came out and caught me checking the pay phone coin return. We never did have a second date.

    Oh, and I definitely still do pick up even a single penny. Found one today which got me to asking you all here.

    Joe

    #2 8 months ago
    Quoted from joemagiera:

    If you're out in public, would you pick up a penny off the ground?

    Yep. Some would say it's tax free

    Quoted from joemagiera:

    Is your picking up (or not picking up) behavior different if you're with someone else?

    Nope

    Quoted from joemagiera:

    Would any of you leave a dollar bill on the ground?

    Nope, I'm not a litter bug

    #3 8 months ago

    Yep, I'll pick one up almost every time I see one.
    I tend to stay off my phone while walking thus often see one. Be curious how many others are walking while distracted thus don't see past their screen.

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    Quoted from joemagiera:

    Is your picking up (or not picking up) behavior different if you're with someone else?

    nope, if you don't like me for picking up a penny, you can move along.

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    #4 8 months ago

    Only if it's heads up.

    #5 8 months ago

    I don't go down for pennies.

    #6 8 months ago

    A quarter is my 'I could possibly throw my back out to pick up free money' minimum limit.

    #7 8 months ago

    I throw them in the street for the poors

    #8 8 months ago

    Free money is always good.

    #9 8 months ago

    Money is money, if I see it , It goes in my pocket...

    #10 8 months ago

    find a penny, pick it up and all day you'll have good luck!

    #11 8 months ago

    I've been leaving my pennies behind for at least 20 years. I don't toss them in the street, as that's essentially littering and I don't want to be responsible for a little kid (or OP for that matter) getting hit by a car in pursuit of a valueless coin. But over the years I've left hundreds of them in little stacks beside registers and outside of convenience stores. I figure a homeless person (or OP for that matter) will pick them up and hopefully get a bit of happiness out of them, and I avoid the annoyance of worthless changing rattling around in my pockets.

    On the other hand, I'll definitely stoop for folding money.

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    #12 8 months ago

    Always. I keep a jar just for found money. Best year, 2015. $24.12. $5.43 so far this year. I will probably die being hit by a car while looking down at the ground.

    #13 8 months ago

    Hell no....it’s full of germs.

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    #14 8 months ago

    Canada has no pennies anymore. Nickles for this guy

    #15 8 months ago

    Reminds me of two stories: My gf and my first trip to NYC together in 2006, we stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall to get something for lunch. Upon leaving, right outside the front door on the sidewalk were two $20 bills, with people walking right past them like they were invisible. We looked at each other incredulously and scarfed them right up.

    Last summer, a good half-dozen or so people crossed the street before us to get to an estate sale, all of them so intent on getting to the goods first that they passed right by the $50 bill just sitting in the middle of the street. People around us just seem to be completely oblivious to free money.

    #16 8 months ago
    Quoted from gregh:

    Canada has no pennies anymore. Nickles for this guy

    I think they are all in the US. I keep finding them in my change.

    #17 8 months ago

    My grandparents all lived through the Great Depression and had some horrific stories to tell. I think its their spirits that still get me to pick up pennies on the ground.

    #18 8 months ago

    Quarters or nothn

    #19 8 months ago

    Pennies don't exist for us anymore. No for nickels and dimes. Usually no for quarters. Sometimes yes for loonies and toonies ($1 & $2) unless they are muddy / dirty.

    I figure that I'm a grown ass adult (in theory) that can make my own money, and I figure found money is way more exciting for a kid or maybe someone hard up for luck, so I usually leave it be for someone else to find anyways.

    One time at a bar I found a thick wad of bills, 20s,50s,100s, I figured like 500 or 1000 bucks
    (it didn't feel right counting someone else's money) . I turned it in to the bartender to find the owner, pretty sure the bartender became the new owner though.

    #20 8 months ago

    I started playing pinball a few years ago, and that’s when I started picking up quarters.

    A quarter isn’t worth much, but a game of pinball is.

    #21 8 months ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Always. I keep a jar just for found money. Best year, 2015. $24.12. $5.43 so far this year. I will probably die being hit by a car while looking down at the ground.

    This reminds me of my grandfather. He worked as a milkman delivering dairy products door to door back in the 1950s and early 60s, always looking at the ground while walking. He kept his finds in cigar boxes and just kept adding to them. In one of the cigar boxes were Morgan silver dollars, Peace dollars, Walking Liberty half dollars, a large number of smaller denomination silver coins, old nickels, several mill coins, and lots and lots of pennies. IIRC, the oldest coin in the cigar box was an 1881 Indian Head penny. I still have one of the cigar boxes, though back in 1979 during the silver spike he cashed in a full cigar box of junk silver coins--all finds. So yeah, I'll pick up a penny.

    #22 8 months ago

    If it's around a store where kids can get candy type stuff, I leave it.

    In my business, I try to figure whose it is and return it.

    Anywhere else it's free money. Unless I see someone drop it.

    LTG : )

    #23 8 months ago

    I pick up any and all money I find.

    #24 8 months ago

    Is it stealing if a security camera catches you picking it up?

    #25 8 months ago

    Any money on the ground I am grabbing, unless on poo poo .

    #26 8 months ago
    Quoted from Electrocute:

    Is it stealing if a security camera catches you picking it up?

    In a casino with lots of cameras. Pick it up, walk over to a trash can, make like you are throwing it in. Done.

    Any claims later you threw out a wrapper. Security may look into it if someone claims they lost it, or saw you pick it up and claim it's theirs.

    LTG : )

    #27 8 months ago

    I've been picking up pennies for years and still can't buy a NIB LE/CE pin from the proceeds.

    #28 8 months ago

    I always pick up penises...

    #29 8 months ago
    Quoted from GravitaR:

    I've been picking up pennies for years and still can't buy a NIB LE/CE pin from the proceeds.

    Just when you thnk you have enough to the raise the goddamn price!

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    #30 8 months ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    I always pick up penises...

    #31 8 months ago

    What do you expect out of some random CL guy?!?!

    #32 8 months ago

    I pick up all change I find. People at give me change when they clean their lockers out and I pull change out from underneath snack machines. On average it takes about 3 years for me to fill a 5 gal water jug. Not a bad pay day.

    #33 8 months ago
    Quoted from mario_1_up:

    5 gal water jug. Not a bad pay day.

    Thats a small fortune.

    #34 8 months ago

    Yes, always pick up the pennies -- always look forward to trips to the big city with the Mrs. cause I usually find the big money (silver coins) on the ground there.

    In a parking lot, in a store, at the movie theatre, etc. I have no shame. I also still hop on the shopping cart and ride it back to the car in the parking lot. Let onlookers think what they will.

    I've always wondered though. . . what if there was money on the floor in the bank? You can't pick up a candy bar off the floor in a store and call it yours; that is still considered stealing. If you pick up ground money in the bank is that considered robbing it?

    #35 8 months ago

    Penny....No
    Nickle....Nah
    Dime.....Unlikely, maybe if I'm drunk
    Quarter.....eh if my hands are free, my back isn't hurting, etc. Yeah I'd bend over and pick it up
    Dollar......ehh see above for quarter, probably about the same
    5 bucks.....probably, even if my back hurts
    10 bucks......likely
    20 bucks.....hell yeah
    50 bucks.....I'd knock over people in front of me to get it
    100 bucks.....I'd even push women and children out of the way to get it

    #36 8 months ago
    Quoted from mario_1_up:

    I pull change out from underneath snack machines.

    One of my jobs in college was working an overnight shift at the Veterinary Hospital. Each night I'd look under all the vending machines and more often than not came away with a dollar or more each time. Having long arms came in handy.

    #37 8 months ago

    I consider the labor cost versus the cash obtained before proceeding with any task.

    #38 8 months ago

    Years ago, in high school and college, I worked at an amusement park. I was a rides supervisor, which meant I just walked around making sure the ride ops were checking seatbelts and making sure they weren’t letting the hot chicks jump the queue, but we were always supposed to walk around with a broom and dustpan to help the park keep clean.

    I’d collect all the change that would fall out of people’s pockets on rides, and I would usually end up with about an extra $10 in change each night. One ride would hold people upside down. That was a goldmine for loose change.

    #39 8 months ago

    People still walk???

    #40 8 months ago

    Look what I just found!
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    #41 8 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Look what I just found!
    [quoted image]

    Impressive if a magnet doesn't pick it up.

    #42 8 months ago
    Quoted from Electrocute:

    Impressive if a magnet doesn't pick it up.

    I'm still slim enough and agile enough that I don't need such a device.

    On another note, we used to check every dime, quarter, and half dollar in the change we got to see if they were 1964 or prior before putting them in any coin operated machine or spending them.

    Not many of those left in circulation. Now it's all about pre 1982 pennies.

    #43 8 months ago

    A little trivia for you guys:

    Do any of you know how copper wire was invented?

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    Two pinsiders saw a penny on the ground at the same time.

    #44 8 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    In a casino with lots of cameras. Pick it up, walk over to a trash can, make like you are throwing it in. Done.
    Any claims later you threw out a wrapper. Security may look into it if someone claims they lost it, or saw you pick it up and claim it's theirs.
    LTG : )

    MrsBally sat on a jury where someone picked up aboot $400.00 laying on the floor in a Detroit casino.

    He was found guilty of a Felony. Even with that "low" amount.

    Finders keepers does not apply in a Michigan, non-Tribal casino.

    #45 8 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Look what I just found!
    [quoted image]

    A 43 copper?

    #46 8 months ago

    O-Dins rich

    #47 8 months ago

    Gotta build the new-and-improved Noone Lagoon somehow!

    #48 8 months ago

    A penny saved, is a penny earned.

    #49 8 months ago

    I have one of those myself. Bought from the Johnson Smith Co. Catalog in the mid-'70's. Paid 59 cents for it. Real ones were worth aboot $10k back then.

    #50 8 months ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    MrsBally sat on a jury where someone picked up aboot $400.00 laying on the floor in a Detroit casino.
    He was found guilty of a Felony. Even with that "low" amount.
    Finders keepers does not apply in a Michigan, non-Tribal casino.

    Found a crisp $100 bill under the leg of my stool while sitting at a slot machine. A really old lady had been playing next to me for a long time, but got up and moved before I found it. She was playing with cash out of bank envelope, so I was pretty sure it was hers. Casino worker found her. I asked her if she had possibly lost any money. She starts counting her crisp $100s. I knew it was hers so gave it to her. Casino worker told me I should have just kept it. Ha! If I had no idea whose it was, I would have.

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