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Those useless penniesPosted Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 3:01 PM
The owner of a Shelbyville barbecue outlet has declared that he's not accepting pennies any more. For example, if you buy $15.68 worth of barbecue, he'll round it to $15.65.
Good for him.
I'm not a big fan of pennies. To understand their uselessness, realize this: I have a box in which I keep loose change; eventually they go to a bank or change machine.
Almost all the change in that box is pennies. I don't often use pennies on a day-to-day basis, simply get them back.
I realize that pennies become crucial when the issue of the exact price of things comes up. And I imagine for most people the $$ amount of pennies spent/saved would be surprisingly high if counted over a period of years.
But to the spender, pennies just don't get the job done.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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