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Offline Satnslillgrl

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2009, 10:25:03 AM »
There was so much win in that video that I cannot even describe it. I work at a fast food restaurant, and I have jerks give me thirty dollars in pennies and nickels and we HAVE to accept it. I mean, they don't get their food until I get done counting, which I sometimes take forever to do just as a small revenge. I wouldn't do that just because they impounded my car, as long as they had a valid reason to do it. But if I called up to somewhere and they were rude or anything, I'd totally pay them in pennies.

I say Bravo to the three of them. They pulled off an epic prank.

Offline Paradox

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2009, 11:28:58 AM »
The ones in banks won't charge you if you already have an account.

Hmm. I'll have to see if my bank has a coinstar in the back, because none of the branch locations to which I go have a big green machine sitting in the lobby. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2009, 11:39:47 AM »
It may not be a Coinstar(TM), but guaranteed they have some kind of coin counting machine.  It would be silly for them to have to count all their coinage by hand.

Offline Serephino

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2009, 08:23:08 PM »
Yeah my bank has one in the lobby that's free for customers and 8.9% for non customers. 

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2009, 09:56:19 PM »
"God bless coinstar"? Are you serious?  They take 8.9% of every dollar (9.8% in Canada). I know 8 or 9 pennies doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up if you're putting in a lot of money; you'd be better off taking a little extra time to roll them yourself!
That's still cheaper than what my bank pays to do it. I actually one chose it because it was catchier than "God bless me at four in the morning miscounting my dimes for the eighteenth time in a freaking row." I've never actually used coinstar but I am coin rolling challenged.

Offline Glossolalia

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2009, 12:09:06 AM »
From the video, pennies are legal tender and are to be accepted as payment. I have no idea if it is true or not but if I were ever angry at a place for jipping me, I would be tempted to try paying them in pennies. Watch out phone companies.

In Canada, you can refuse more than 50 pennies in one transaction. :) Legally.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2009, 08:27:45 AM »
So he parked his car somewhere to go drinking. Probably shouldn't have been driving home anyway. But even if he was - he missed a 'no parking' sign somewhere.

And he takes it out on the woman in the window?

My question would have been, "How long did it take you to count this? Do you really want to stand there and wait while I count your pennies for (x) time? Really? 'Kay." And I would have counted it, in between other stuff I had to do, and made them wait. Not only would it have made a less interesting video for them to post up, but they probably would have given up after an hour or two, especially when I 'lost count' for the ninth time.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2009, 08:39:42 AM »
So he parked his car somewhere to go drinking. Probably shouldn't have been driving home anyway. But even if he was - he missed a 'no parking' sign somewhere.

And he takes it out on the woman in the window?

My question would have been, "How long did it take you to count this? Do you really want to stand there and wait while I count your pennies for (x) time? Really? 'Kay." And I would have counted it, in between other stuff I had to do, and made them wait. Not only would it have made a less interesting video for them to post up, but they probably would have given up after an hour or two, especially when I 'lost count' for the ninth time.

Could have happened, video doesn't provide a conclusion... :-)

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2009, 08:41:27 AM »
I turned it off halfway through, after the third cop car showed up. Seriously, do they have nothing better to do?

Offline Rhapsody

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #34 on: August 01, 2009, 10:15:47 AM »
Just because a type of tender is legal to pay bills and debts doesn't mean private businesses have to accept large quantities of them.  Otherwise, there would be no "cheque only" or "credit only" types of deals -- they would be absolutely, positively required to take coin and paper money as well.  It's a matter of what the business is equipped to take on-site as opposed to what the debtee thinks they should be able to pay the bill in.

The guy might have been put out by an $88 fee to get his car out of impound, but I guarantee you, he's not telling the whole story.  He wasn't as innocently parked as he made it out to be.  He was blocking a fire lane, or blatantly in a no-parking zone, or had outstanding tickets/citations on his vehicle.  Something.  They don't just haul away a vehicle because they feel like it.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2009, 12:46:36 PM »
A grade school teacher of mine came up with the idea of collecting pennies for a charity.  Then he stuck the pennies to strips of tape and gave them to the group we were collecting for.  Those poor people had to unpeel every single penny before they could count them.  A couple of us helped the group because we felt sorry for them

Offline Kurzyk

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2009, 12:28:07 AM »
On an odd side note, aug 2, 2009 is the 100th anniversary of the penny.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1913870_1913868,00.html?cnn=yes

Just an odd tidbit. :)

Offline Desan

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2009, 01:29:35 PM »
Who would have the time to find that many pennies o_o

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #38 on: August 03, 2009, 02:04:12 PM »
Pennies can pile up more quickly than you realize, if you're paying cash for things and not handing over pennies after you get them.  Assuming that the cashiers are giving 'perfect' change (i.e, 5c is always a nickle, never 5 pennies), roughly 80% of your transactions will give you at least one penny.  One-fourth of those (20% of the overall transactions) will give you four pennies.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2009, 03:26:53 PM »
I always tell cashiers to just keep the pennies, or I just toss them on the ground for the next superstitious dolt to come around and say "OH, HEADS UP!"

Offline Desan

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #40 on: August 03, 2009, 03:27:52 PM »
I always tell cashiers to just keep the pennies, or I just toss them on the ground for the next superstitious dolt to come around and say "OH, HEADS UP!"

Hahahahahhaha

Offline Transgirlenstein

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2009, 06:19:13 AM »
I just cant believe how many cops that took to solve it.  Seriously, is there no crime of any sort in that town?

Offline Desan

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #42 on: August 04, 2009, 03:03:51 PM »
Pennies can pile up more quickly than you realize, if you're paying cash for things and not handing over pennies after you get them.  Assuming that the cashiers are giving 'perfect' change (i.e, 5c is always a nickle, never 5 pennies), roughly 80% of your transactions will give you at least one penny.  One-fourth of those (20% of the overall transactions) will give you four pennies.

This is true...


Offline The Overlord

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2009, 05:31:03 AM »
. . . and to think they're going to take tazers away from the police, instead of broadening the situations under which they can use them.


We might want to broaden our thinking on tasering and gassing cops, given the zeal with which some of them hand out unnecessary force.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #44 on: August 05, 2009, 03:24:25 PM »
Looking at this from the main board, I thought the title said '8,800 penises' .... *gigglesnorts*

Fun stuff, though.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #45 on: August 05, 2009, 03:27:27 PM »
Looking at this from the main board, I thought the title said '8,800 penises' .... *gigglesnorts*

Fun stuff, though.

Oh yes pay an 88 dollar fine with 8800 penises, sounds like a potential roleplay.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #46 on: August 05, 2009, 03:33:16 PM »
Oh yes pay an 88 dollar fine with 8800 penises, sounds like a potential roleplay.

... I had a mental image of that scene from the Labyrinth where Sarah falls down the well of hands - but instead of hands there was... *coughs*

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #47 on: August 05, 2009, 03:35:40 PM »
... I had a mental image of that scene from the Labyrinth where Sarah falls down the well of hands - but instead of hands there was... *coughs*

-Laughs-

Oh, nice one.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2009, 03:36:32 PM »
*grins*

Offline TheWriter

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« Reply #49 on: August 05, 2009, 05:13:41 PM »
Am I the only person who noticed that $33 + $25 + $25 is five bucks short of $88?