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(Tulsa World)   A penny saved is a penny earned ... and 97,400 pennies will pay your college tuition   (tulsaworld.com) divider line 55
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2014-04-19 07:53:07 AM  
$974 will pay your tuition?  What school are you attending?
 
2014-04-19 08:15:29 AM  
Well... maybe not all of it
 
2014-04-19 08:20:46 AM  
Turning cans in, running a sandwich shop and mowing lawns doesn't pay in pennies. Something tells me these weren't actually the pennies he saved.
 
2014-04-19 08:24:16 AM  
As far as the folks in the financial office are concerned he's already a Doctor of Asspipery and Douchecanoeism.
 
2014-04-19 08:24:28 AM  
I left college over 20 years ago and $974 paid...three months of loans? Can't imagine its gotten cheaper since.
 
2014-04-19 08:27:34 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Turning cans in, running a sandwich shop and mowing lawns doesn't pay in pennies. Something tells me these weren't actually the pennies he saved.


So you're suggesting these were ass pennies?  Interesting theory.
 
2014-04-19 09:30:53 AM  

nekom: Three Crooked Squirrels: Turning cans in, running a sandwich shop and mowing lawns doesn't pay in pennies. Something tells me these weren't actually the pennies he saved.

So you're suggesting these were ass pennies?  Interesting theory.


More like 'fark you' pennies. I bet he got them special. Maybe even unrolled them, just to really be a dick.
 
2014-04-19 11:10:47 AM  
$974.00? Maybe one monthly payment of a college tuition at best. A community non profit college anyway.
 
2014-04-19 11:11:11 AM  
Wasn't an economics or business major.
 
2014-04-19 11:11:52 AM  
My first degree was at a state school and didn't cost me a dime. The second degree I got was a for a profit school and well I was really drunk when I applied.
 
2014-04-19 11:13:37 AM  
When did they change the meaning of pennies to dollars?
 
2014-04-19 11:14:53 AM  
But a Bennie shaved is a Bennie urned.
 
2014-04-19 11:14:57 AM  
I wonder what statement TFA seems to think this person was making by paying off their tuition in pennies.

/probably rage or indignation at being dumb enough to go to a Christian college instead of a real one
 
2014-04-19 11:15:17 AM  
If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.
 
2014-04-19 11:15:34 AM  

NFA: $974 will pay your tuition?  What school are you attending?


That was just the final payment.

/it was a very, very short article
 
2014-04-19 11:18:29 AM  

NFA: $974 will pay your tuition?  What school are you attending?



Drunken State University.   974 used to pay tuition.  now, it'll get you a 3 day campus  visit/orientation.


we can't have the little people getting edumacated in 'murica.
 
2014-04-19 11:19:33 AM  
Bullshiat story is bullshiat
 
2014-04-19 11:19:42 AM  
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would like a word.
 
2014-04-19 11:19:57 AM  
a penny cost the government more than its worth to produce.
 
2014-04-19 11:23:31 AM  

Linux_Yes: a penny cost the government more than its worth to produce.


But they can't eliminate it because Lincoln.
 
2014-04-19 11:23:38 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I wonder what statement TFA seems to think this person was making by paying off their tuition in pennies.

/probably rage or indignation at being dumb enough to go to a Christian college instead of a real one


Dunno. They don't say.

Excellent reporting.
 
2014-04-19 11:24:11 AM  

BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.


Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.
 
2014-04-19 11:25:09 AM  
Which of course means they'll outlaw pennies
 
2014-04-19 11:26:23 AM  
We got rid of pennies here in Canada about a year ago, and I can't say I really miss them. I do like coins in general, but the penny really served no practical purpose. Their value was so small that kids routinely threw them away, so that should tell you all you need to know.

I really like quarters - they're large enough that you don't lose them, and yet their value is small enough that my kids can afford to collect the fancy designs the mint puts out every year. (And the US state ones, which are occasionally found in change up here)
 
2014-04-19 11:33:39 AM  

Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.


So I think the whole "all debts public and private" thing only applies to bills as currency, not change. Source: rectal information extraction from something heard before, I think, possibly.
 
2014-04-19 11:38:51 AM  

Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.


Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.
 
2014-04-19 11:41:41 AM  
Back when I was in school they had a sign at the bursars office that they would not accept more then $5 in coins for any fees payments fines etc. Guess it was a common enough issue to have a sign made up.
 
2014-04-19 11:46:49 AM  

BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.


No problem. The machine takes coins, and the bill acceptors will take large denomination bills.

But you don't get any change back.
 
2014-04-19 11:56:19 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Turning cans in, running a sandwich shop and mowing lawns doesn't pay in pennies. Something tells me these weren't actually the pennies he saved.


But he wanted to make a point. Apparently that he's an unoriginal asshat.

Point taken.
 
2014-04-19 11:56:35 AM  

dv-ous: BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.

No problem. The machine takes coins, and the bill acceptors will take large denomination bills.

But you don't get any change back.


Not on the bus I rode ~2005. No pennies and no bills over $20.  But they had a sign up that said that, I think that might be required.  If a guy wants to sell his X-box for a $100 bill only, no law states that he must take two 50's.
 
2014-04-19 11:59:59 AM  
Tuition at Dork U?

DNRTFA. DGAF.
 
2014-04-19 12:05:22 PM  

Gortex: We got rid of pennies here in Canada about a year ago, and I can't say I really miss them. I do like coins in general, but the penny really served no practical purpose. Their value was so small that kids routinely threw them away, so that should tell you all you need to know.


Now instead of having a bunch of pennies in my car cup holder, I now have a massive amount of nickels
 
2014-04-19 12:10:54 PM  

Dirty J1: $974.00? Maybe one monthly payment of a college tuition at best. A community non profit college anyway.


A 14 credit semester at my local Community College costs $1,500.  Total.
 
2014-04-19 12:13:37 PM  
The article was too long.  Can someone summarize it?
 
2014-04-19 12:24:15 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Turning cans in, running a sandwich shop and mowing lawns doesn't pay in pennies. Something tells me these weren't actually the pennies he saved.


And millions of millennials are whining about how there are no jobs out there.
 
2014-04-19 12:24:37 PM  

Gunboat: The article was too long.  Can someone summarize it?


I was annoyed by the article because it didn't tell me WHY he paid with pennies.... so I watched the video and realized there was no special reason.
 
2014-04-19 12:25:39 PM  

BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.


I thought, and could be wrong, that the difference in acceptance is whether it is a purchase or a payment of debt.

A business can put difficult restrictions on which coins you must bring to buy that can of sodapop, but they cannot prevent you from paying an actual debt with the legal tender you have.

'sorry, today is quarter only day, we will have to charge you a late fee'.

/comes back with quarters

'sir, it is hundred dollar bill only day now'
 
2014-04-19 12:25:49 PM  

Linux_Yes: a penny cost the government more than its worth to produce.


I use pennies as cheap spacers.
 
2014-04-19 12:27:20 PM  

andyofne: Gunboat: The article was too long.  Can someone summarize it?

I was annoyed by the article because it didn't tell me WHY he paid with pennies.... so I watched the video and realized there was no special reason.


Maybe next this clever soul can have a reverse discrimination bake sale.
 
2014-04-19 01:06:45 PM  
Costs have definitely gone up. My first semester @ Ball U was (I think) $28 a credit hour, maybe $35. Son is starting off at a community college for the first 2 years, then transferring to a state school. Double win - UVA, VA Tech and William & Mary are almost impossible to get in as a freshman...but with the right GPA from a community college, transfer admission is guaranteed.

Also saves about 50K or so over starting as a Freshmen, so there's that, too.

(or about 5,000,000 pennies).
 
2014-04-19 01:12:31 PM  
Except that Ben Franklin actually said "a penny earned is a penny saved". which makes more sense.
 
2014-04-19 01:14:03 PM  
Yeah, way to stick it to the man! Make some poor SOB in accounting responsible for five hundred pounds of pennies.

Christ, what an asshole.
 
2014-04-19 01:20:39 PM  

kokomo61: Costs have definitely gone up. My first semester @ Ball U was (I think) $28 a credit hour, maybe $35. Son is starting off at a community college for the first 2 years, then transferring to a state school. Double win - UVA, VA Tech and William & Mary are almost impossible to get in as a freshman...but with the right GPA from a community college, transfer admission is guaranteed.

Also saves about 50K or so over starting as a Freshmen, so there's that, too.

(or about 5,000,000 pennies).


But how will he deal with the "shame" of attending a Community College?!

It's too bad more parents aren't like you.
 
2014-04-19 02:23:51 PM  

BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.


you should hear about this time I tried to pay for a ride on the Metro with a 2 dollar bill.
 
2014-04-19 03:08:10 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: As far as the folks in the financial office are concerned he's already a Doctor of Asspipery and Douchecanoeism.


I'm kind of surprised this wasn't the typical "arrested for paying in pennies" story.

I have a feeling that absolutely no one in the world actually wants pennies; almost everyone loathes them except for novelty coins, but senile old people who remember a time when a penny wasn't worthless trash won't let tradition go. (We've let it go so long that nickels are in the same boat, now.)
 
2014-04-19 03:18:50 PM  

Fano: BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.

you should hear about this time I tried to pay for a ride on the Metro with a 2 dollar bill.


Ever go to Taco Bell?
 
2014-04-19 04:01:44 PM  
If I were the poor bastard who accepted the payment, I would have told him to have a seat and wait while I counted them.
 
2014-04-19 06:42:48 PM  

Smackledorfer: BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.

I thought, and could be wrong, that the difference in acceptance is whether it is a purchase or a payment of debt.

A business can put difficult restrictions on which coins you must bring to buy that can of sodapop, but they cannot prevent you from paying an actual debt with the legal tender you have.

'sorry, today is quarter only day, we will have to charge you a late fee'.

/comes back with quarters

'sir, it is hundred dollar bill only day now'


A purchase is a debt: debt in exchange for goods.
 
2014-04-19 08:12:56 PM  
I have about 2,000 pounds of coins at home (that I still have to go thru), so I'm really getting a kick...

97,400 pennies is a bit over 20 gallons of the damn things.

I madee the mistake of using 5 gallon buckets, then I found I couldn't move them easily...

/Seattle Farkers - I buy pennies for $1.65/lb
 
2014-04-19 10:04:25 PM  

RyansPrivates: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: Smackledorfer: BigLuca: If the school accepted these, they were being nice to him, or did it for PR reasons.  They don't have to take pennies as payment.

Pennies must be accepted as payment for debt, no?

Does tuition count as a debt payment and not a new purchase? I can see that argument.

Pennies, and all coins, are legal tender, but a business can decided what type/denomination they accept.  Try getting on a bus with rolls of pennies or a 100 dollar bill.

I thought, and could be wrong, that the difference in acceptance is whether it is a purchase or a payment of debt.

A business can put difficult restrictions on which coins you must bring to buy that can of sodapop, but they cannot prevent you from paying an actual debt with the legal tender you have.

'sorry, today is quarter only day, we will have to charge you a late fee'.

/comes back with quarters

'sir, it is hundred dollar bill only day now'

A purchase is a debt: debt in exchange for goods.


If the kid went to the same school as you he just got scammed out of a minimum $974.
 
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