Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Pennies from heaven or money-grubbing desperation?

Krystal at the "Give Me Back My Five Bucks" personal finance blog is wondering about people who pick change off the ground:

Some people have set standards - they won't pick up change unless it's more than a quarter. Or a dollar. Others just won't pick up money at all. I, on the other hand, clearly have no standards. I pick up money off the ground all the freaking time. Even pennies.

Me? Heck yeah. If it's a penny, I'll justify it by saying it's a luck thing. If it's anything more, it's a money thing.

It's also a karma thing from that time a few months ago when I left $60 sitting in the bank machine 'cuz I was in such a rush to grab my receipt .. and someone walked away with my money.

I was talking about lobby cameras today with a guy who works in the building, and he says his friend used to glue coins to the lobby floor and sit upstairs watching people try to pry the coins off the floor. Sounds like a blast -- and a YouTube project, actually -- but I wouldn't disrespect my own apartment building by gluing things to the tile without authorization.

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