where has all the money gone?

February 2, 2016 6:03am CST
Myself and my beautiful Italian friend like to pick pennies up when we see them lounging around on the floor. Our eyes are always scanning the floors of corridors and classrooms, and the pavements of the outside world. It's habit for me to just stick the pennies, tuppences and occasional five or ten pence pieces into the drawer of my desk, but recently we decided to pool our findings and thus we created a little pot out of a disposable Costa cup. This was eight days ago. The grand total of all monies we've collected? Five pence. Yes, just a measly five pence. This is appalling. I can usually find five pence in a day. How are we going to treat ourselves to a free coffee at the end of the summer term at this slow rate?! I think people are being more careful with their money. Or, somebody is copying our idea. Competition!? I love a bit of competition.
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@LadyDuck (170727)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 16
I always pick up coins from the floor, I used to find some in France, Italy and United States, I have never found a single coin here in Switzerland! People are too attached to money here.
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@sugartoes (41973)
• Greencastle, Indiana
2 Feb 16
@LadyDuck money is too hard to come by to lose a penny now days
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@LadyDuck (170727)
• Switzerland
2 Feb 16
@sugartoes May be, but it has always been the case in this country. I have found the equivalent of 1$ in a supermarket cart in Italy. They forgot to recover the coin when they returned the cart.
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3 Feb 16
Maybe people in Switzerland are just generally more observant and tidy!
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@PainsOnSlate (20414)
• Canada
2 Feb 16
In Canada, the penny is worthless, it's been removed from the banks, if you came to Canada you could find a lot of them but worthless..no value at all. Have fun picking up coins.
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@sugartoes (41973)
• Greencastle, Indiana
2 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate I could make a killing picking up pennies there then huh?
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• Canada
2 Feb 16
@sugartoes if you can find them they still are worthless
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Feb 16
Bet I could still get away with passing Canadian pennies in the US. I remember when I was younger, no one ever bothered about it, they took the Canadian pennies without any problems. And these days, many of those young cashiers wouldn't know one penny from another.
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
2 Feb 16
Thanks for the word "tuppences" As for me, i always try to pick up any coin, even a kopeck. But i don't do that in crowded places because people will definitely think of me as of miser or tramp. Anyway i think that any coin is a representative of money society and we should treat any members of money society equally. Otherwise younger brothers and sisters (coins) will tell their parents and grandparents (notes) about bad treatment and they will start leaving your wallet
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• Vietnam
2 Feb 16
That is a fun metaphor lol. I am with you with this one. It is a waste of money if you let them there and I also don't want to be perceived as a tramp :P.
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3 Feb 16
In some situations I leave them, especially if I'm alone ... but otherwise, people can think what they want! ;). {Be careful with your use of the word 'tuppence' ... it is an old British coin, but it may also be slang for something else!}
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
3 Feb 16
@Poppylicious I have missed out on this use of the word!
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@WorDazza (10100)
• Manchester, England
2 Feb 16
I don't get out of bed for less than 20p so I'm certainly not bending over to pick up pennies!!!
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@sugartoes (41973)
• Greencastle, Indiana
2 Feb 16
@WorDazza that's crazy if you seen a penny every where you went in a day think how much you COULD get in a day it does add up
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@WorDazza (10100)
• Manchester, England
2 Feb 16
@sugartoes I'd rather leave it to someone who needs it more than I do!
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3 Feb 16
@WorDazza If everyone in Manchester is like you I'm coming to visit; I shall be rich by the end of the day! If I left it here at work the cleaners would keep it and they probably earn more than I do.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
2 Feb 16
It is always good to pick up coins from the sidewalk or curb and if you have enough you can even buy a cup of coffee.
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@sugartoes (41973)
• Greencastle, Indiana
2 Feb 16
@Marcyaz their not as easy to find like they were back in the day
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@Allamanda (157)
• Vietnam
2 Feb 16
My country has coins but we still use notes that are equal in value. We just don't have a habit of keeping and using them. They are too easy to lose and too hard to maintain its shape (poor quality "
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3 Feb 16
I can't imagine a life without coins. :)
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• Vietnam
3 Feb 16
@Poppylicious I was born in a world without coins haha. In a short period of time when it first reappeared (my country had coins before) I used them for a while and I just... don't know how to keep them well :P. They don't really fit in wallet or pocket to me. It was frustrating and annoying ^^.
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3 Feb 16
@Allamanda Oh, if you get too many they do bulk your purse out and make it heavy to carry!
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@Dragonairy1 (1413)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
2 Feb 16
That's a good idea, I hope you find more.
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3 Feb 16
So do I ... I look on them as a tip for the job we do!
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@sugartoes (41973)
• Greencastle, Indiana
2 Feb 16
if I see ANY kind of money on the ground I would pick it up I always keep my eyes on the ground like a dog with his nose on the ground ha ha ha you never know what you'll find I'found dollar bills & all kinds of coins just by looking on the ground. I hope you can find more that will help you get that cup of coffee by summer.
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3 Feb 16
We're hoping for enough to buy at least two coffees ... We don't want to share!
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@Scindhia (1943)
• Chennai, India
3 Feb 16
When I was a kid, I used to find a lot of coins scattered at random places. But nowadays I don't see even one. Occasionally I chance upon a ten rupee note but that's about it. I usually put such money at the nearest temple offering box.
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3 Feb 16
Now you make me feel guilty. I should probably give it to charity too.
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@Scindhia (1943)
• Chennai, India
3 Feb 16
@Poppylicious It is considered good luck to save it in some cultures. There is nothing to feel guilty about it. Besides its only a minimum amount.
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@sharon6345 (135461)
• United States
3 Feb 16
My mom finds them all the time over here. I walked by a pay phone an there sat about 20 pennies.
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3 Feb 16
I found a few nicely 'displayed' on the frame of a noticeboard at work last year. Somebody had done that rather than pocket them. So I pocketed them instead. :)
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@sharon6345 (135461)
• United States
3 Feb 16
@Poppylicious They do that all the time here as well. But not with coins only bills.
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@euphie (580)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
3 Feb 16
I normally pick up any pennies that I find in the street - though it's always nicer if you find a £5 note or something (though probably not if you're the person that lost it)
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3 Feb 16
I found a ten pound note once. Karma bit me on the bottom for that, but I did get a lovely, welcoming coffee and cake before she found my bottom!
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@dodo19 (33307)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
3 Feb 16
We don't have pennies anymore in Canada. Even then, I'm not lucky enough to find that much change on the ground. Although my eyes usually aren't scanning the floor. I'm usually with my kids and I'm more preoccupied with them. I hope you guys are able to find more change. Enjoy!
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3 Feb 16
Thanks!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Feb 16
Too few people use money these days. Everything is done by swiping plastic, and sometimes just pointing a phone at a computer thingamajig. You can't drop coins you never get in change.
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3 Feb 16
A lot of folk still use cash here, particularly within the company I work for due to their ages! These youngsters have no idea of the value of money so a penny or two dropped on the floor isn't worth picking up. But that's all the more for me, so all is good with the world.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
3 Feb 16
I do pick up coins in our place. Most will not bother to retrieve a dropped 5p piece in a crowd
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3 Feb 16
I used to sometimes drop change when given it by cashiers who rush and don't pay attention. I just used to leave it, but I have grown out of that habit now. :)
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
3 Feb 16
@Poppylicious When I just left university many years ago I had a job cleaning a pub for a while. I used to find lots of money, which I saw as cleaners' perks!
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@Daljinder (22072)
• India
3 Feb 16
*shaking the coins in my pocket* Good luck with the competition.....!!
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3 Feb 16
Haha. Today I actually waited for a student to move and then surreptitiously picked up the two pence piece under her table ... the competition is fierce!
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@alchemistrx (2569)
• Philippines
3 Feb 16
Those coins are made by money. Machineries made them. Without money,we cant buy oil to run them and made them coins.
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@Fleura (7194)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 16
That is a poor harvest! Perhaps people are more careful these days. Or they don't bother to carry cash and thus aren't so prone to losing it?