Would you pick up a penny?

@JohnRoberts (57029)
Los Angeles, California
December 23, 2016 9:03am CST
If you were walking along and spied a shiny or not so shiny penny, would you bend over and pick it up? Would you? After all it is just a penny and what can you do with a penny. I come from a generation where the old saying “a penny is a penny earned” was taught as a virtue. Money in any shape or form is hard to come by so you do not pass up so much as a penny. Ever since I was a kid, I have always picked up pennies and any other coins. Of course back in those dark ages, a few pennies could purchase some gum or candy. During the middle ages, pennies were still good for parking meters. Nowadays I keep all found money from coins to paper in jars. You would be surprised how it adds up over time (just like myLot earnings). Not a fortune but the way I look at it, who knows? What if I fall on hard times and need to buy food? All those pennies could buy a dose of needed medicine. Every penny counts in dire times. Bending over to pick up that penny could be life or death down the line. Would you pick up a penny?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
23 Dec 16
yup I sure would bend over to pick up a penny. This reminds me of the time I saw a 5 dollar bill frozen in the ice on a sidewalk. I chipped that sucker out lol.
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@JohnRoberts (57029)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Dec 16
So would I!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
23 Dec 16
@JohnRoberts And now oddly enough I am one penny away from making cash out here. Wow totally eerie.
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@TheHorse (65833)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Dec 16
I'll pick up a nickel or above. With pennies, I turn them so the head side is showing. That way, someone else who believes in luck can pick it up and have a better day. Sounds "cliche," but it's actually what I do.
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• United States
2 Jan 17
I do the same thing =) But if the penny is facing up, I'd pick it up for luck lol. But if its facing down, I'll flip it for someone else. But I pick up anything over pickles and dimes, especially quarters I will! & cash of course =)
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@TheHorse (65833)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Jan 17
@infatuatedbby Nickels and above--mine.
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• United States
2 Jan 17
@TheHorse Mine
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@hostessman (9449)
• Tucson, Arizona
23 Dec 16
i grew up when you did and yes i would pick the penny up and put it with the others i have picked up, i have several big jars os coins that i have bent over and picked up
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@JohnRoberts (57029)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Dec 16
If nothing else, a big jar of pennies make a good doorstop.
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@topffer (34159)
• France
23 Dec 16
I pick any coin I see, including pennies. I put them in a piggy bank with a counter that I reset every year, and I use them to buy stamps in automated machines. So far I picked 3.89 Euros this year, it paid 4 stamps.
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@JohnRoberts (57029)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Dec 16
That's putting found coins to good use!
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@garymarsh6 (14075)
• United Kingdom
24 Dec 16
Gosh thats quite some amount! Well done!
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@topffer (34159)
• France
24 Dec 16
@garymarsh6 It is the amount for all coins, and it does not represent a lot of coins. People usually do not pick anything under 0.50 Euros.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
NO, do not bend for picking up a penny anymore. Too stiff for that. And Canada does NOT have pennies anymore.
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@TheHorse (65833)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Dec 16
I hadn't realized that Canada had done away with pennies.
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@sabtraversa (13326)
• Italy
23 Dec 16
If the coin is worth a dime or more, I would. It would be a little awkward to pay with pennies. Most machines don't accept them anyway. Of course it would be more embarassing to pick up pennies. I should start paying with pennies, at least that small enough to avoid change and new pennies.
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@JohnRoberts (57029)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Dec 16
I don't worry about being embarrassed about picking up a penny. I not too proud. You can turn in pennies at a bank or get cash from a coin exchange machine albeit for a fee.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
23 Dec 16
I do pick up pennies and any other monies I see! Those things add up, as you say. I have great nieces and nephews that are 12 and under in age and they won't pick up money. My sister, their grandmother, gave the oldest $5 for raking her small yard and he gave it to his little sister because he said "You can't buy anything with $5". Lots of kids feel that way and won't pick up pennies or do any paid labor for under $10. Man, they will have a rude awakening one day if they so disdain small amounts now!!
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@UncleJoe (9950)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
23 Dec 16
When I was younger I never hesitated to pick up a penny. Now, at 72, I drop a quarter beside the penny because I ain't bending over for just one red cent.
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@Kandae11 (37040)
23 Dec 16
Like you say-- pennies add up. I would pick it up.
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• United States
2 Jan 17
I pick up any change or money that I find. Some people don't like coins and just give them away but I always keep them because if you put them in a jar, basket, or piggy bank they start to add up. Last summer I collected almost $40 from the just change that I had collected from all over during the summer.
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@JudyEv (123172)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Dec 16
I always pick up any money that I see lying in the street.
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• United Kingdom
10 Jan 17
While I can still bend I will always pick up any denomination of coin, it's free money, why wouldn't you?
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@JohnRoberts (57029)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Jan 17
Many people think it is beneath their dignity to pick up a penny.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Jan 17
I am one who picks up whatever money I seeon the ground from pennies to dollars as they will add up.
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@reskyyandi (3690)
• Indonesia
2 Jan 17
It will be my pleasure to take it. Penny's money too, right?
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@EddieHands (37845)
• United States
29 Dec 16
meow I would pick it up.. as long as I could put it in my piggy bank! meow!
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@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
28 Dec 16
I do pick up pennies and agree they add up. Now I use the pennies for something family member requested that they need that is a "needed" item in this case used the pennies to buy needles for my daughters sewing machine.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
27 Dec 16
I certainly do! As you say, it adds up in time, if I don't put it in the parking meter first.
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• Preston, England
25 Dec 16
I have found myself literally one penny short of a desired purchase more than once so I would pick up any stray pennies
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@PatZAnthony (12660)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Dec 16
We do pick up pennies and more! It is fun to find anything of value. We do remember when a pocket full of pennies actually bought a little something.
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@pgntwo (21652)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 Dec 16
I most certainly would, especially a shiny one!
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