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(KSL Salt Lake City)   First we ran out of toilet paper and cleaning supplies, now we're running out of coins. "Coins" has to be some sort of euphemism, right?   (ksl.com) divider line
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2020-07-07 4:36:12 PM  
What are these "coins" you speak of?
People used those in ancient Rome didn't they?
 
2020-07-07 4:55:58 PM  

Walker: What are these "coins" you speak of?
People used those in ancient Rome didn't they?


Some of us ancient ones use them to do laundry. :D
 
2020-07-07 5:00:05 PM  
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2020-07-07 6:06:14 PM  
the Federal Reserve has put a limit on bank requests for coins

The Fed at work again.

I was in a gas station yesterday displaying a sign that there was a nationwide coin shortgae. I didn't have change. They gave me change. And they're still charging 9/10 cents on a gallon of gas.
 
2020-07-07 6:35:59 PM  
You would think with everyone at home, they could clean out their damn couches to help out here
 
2020-07-07 7:10:19 PM  
OK, were did the coins we already made, go? Isn't that the point of making them out of metal?]
 
2020-07-07 7:22:32 PM  
I was in a Wal-Mart neighborhood store today and heard an employee tell the manager that the store was out of coins.  All the checkouts were taking cards only.
 
2020-07-07 7:22:54 PM  
If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.
 
2020-07-07 7:23:31 PM  
Maybe they shouldn't have decided to go the postage stamp route and make them all collectable over the last 2 decades.

/Completely kidding.
 
2020-07-07 7:24:16 PM  
Timely story. I went to Coinstar for the first time in my life this week. Literally 30 years of change is being exchanged for Amazon bucks. I'm still not done.
 
2020-07-07 7:25:17 PM  

CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.


You can do virtual gift cards to a bunch of different stores. No charge for that.
 
2020-07-07 7:25:25 PM  

jaylectricity: OK, were did the coins we already made, go? Isn't that the point of making them out of metal?]


Pennies all got put on railroad tracks, nickels went into slot machines, a shiatload of dimes went to toll booths, and quarters went to laundry.  Half-dollars and up were gifted to grandchildren who dumped them into Coinstars for paper money.
 
2020-07-07 7:25:59 PM  

edmo: And they're still charging 9/10 cents on a gallon of gas.


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Not this place.
 
2020-07-07 7:27:37 PM  
I've got a couple wine bottles filled with dimes. Make me an offer.
 
2020-07-07 7:29:49 PM  

CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.


I let my bank count them
 
2020-07-07 7:30:38 PM  

HighlanderRPI: You would think with everyone at home, they could clean out their damn couches to help out here


What if I'm using the pot full of coins as a living room decoration?
 
2020-07-07 7:32:36 PM  
It's kinda embarrassing trying to spend ass pennies,subs
 
2020-07-07 7:33:43 PM  
well, if the banks let me drop off my jars of coins, i would help

instead, we got those grifting coin star kiosks at the stores

so instead I am keeping my coins, which will help me when society collapses and be able to outsell anyone using bottle caps as currency
 
2020-07-07 7:37:50 PM  
If my coins are so valuable then pay me more for my coins.
 
2020-07-07 7:38:04 PM  

EnglishMajor: I was in a Wal-Mart neighborhood store today and heard an employee tell the manager that the store was out of coins.  All the checkouts were taking cards only.


You know what I didn't think about that when I went to Food-4-Less(Kroger) not long ago. The employees were on the intercom saying that aisle X will only take debit, credit, or link(SNAP). I didn't even put 2 and 2 together, because i just wanted to get the hell out of there as fast as possible.
 
2020-07-07 7:38:49 PM  
Time to dig out the old metal detector and go hunting along the beaches. That's about all I ever found before was pocket change.
 
2020-07-07 7:39:28 PM  
I got 90 cents in change on Sunday when the cashier couldn't make 87 cents. So, yay.
 
2020-07-07 7:39:54 PM  

Nick Nostril: Timely story. I went to Coinstar for the first time in my life this week. Literally 30 years of change is being exchanged for Amazon bucks. I'm still not done.


When my grandpa died, he had a ton of change.  It was from the daily ritual of dumping his pockets at the end of the day.  I took it to a coinstar in a bucket.  Brought the bucket into the store in a cart.  A manager came up to say they were closing soon and had already closed out all but one register and hinted it'd be a real PITA to come up with cash at this time of the day.  I told him I was doing the Amazon thing and he was relieved.  (No way was I paying 12% or whatever it is they charge for cash.)  The coins just about paid for the Epson V700 that I bought to scan all his slides and film.

I have about 1/3 of a red solo cup of change.  I guess I should do my part and turn it in.
 
2020-07-07 7:42:21 PM  
Howard Hedy, that's Headlee.
 
2020-07-07 7:42:24 PM  
I ran out of groins a few weeks ago. Someone, help!
 
2020-07-07 7:43:10 PM  

CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.


Try your bank. My credit union does it for free if I have an account. It's a nice way to save up money for, say, a night at the bar. Or at least enough to make that night at the bar be something that you decide on. The extra $30 or $40 won't cover drinks and appetizers for two, but it could be the tipping point...
 
2020-07-07 7:43:17 PM  

Nick Nostril: Timely story. I went to Coinstar for the first time in my life this week. Literally 30 years of change is being exchanged for Amazon bucks. I'm still not done.


My bank has a self-serve coin counter in the lobby. Free, as long as you have an account. Every couple of years I turn in a couple hundred dollars. I've taken smaller amounts to the nearby casino in the past, before they went to paper ticket payouts and took away the coin counters.
 
2020-07-07 7:43:20 PM  

kkinnison: well, if the banks let me drop off my jars of coins, i would help

instead, we got those grifting coin star kiosks at the stores

so instead I am keeping my coins, which will help me when society collapses and be able to outsell anyone using bottle caps as currency


As a 51 yr old geek who played the original Fallout on a Win95 box (and all the sequels except 76 on various boxes), I'll always smart any post with a fallout ref.

/kudos, sir
//war, war never changes
///third for killing Mr House and nuking NCR/Legion in New Vegas (best title in the Bethesda Era)
 
2020-07-07 7:44:17 PM  

kkinnison: well, if the banks let me drop off my jars of coins, i would help

instead, we got those grifting coin star kiosks at the stores

so instead I am keeping my coins, which will help me when society collapses and be able to outsell anyone using bottle caps as currency


Find a better bank. As I mentioned, my credit union let's members exchange coins for free.
 
2020-07-07 7:44:48 PM  
Saw a sign up at Wendy's talking about coin shortage, i thought it was an attempt to limit hand to hand transactions, while not angering the conservatives in the neighborhood.

"It's not covid, it's the fed!"
 
2020-07-07 7:44:50 PM  

kkinnison: well, if the banks let me drop off my jars of coins, i would help

instead, we got those grifting coin star kiosks at the stores

so instead I am keeping my coins, which will help me when society collapses and be able to outsell anyone using bottle caps as currency


The only bank that I know of that has no fees and if you have a account with them is TCF. They have those same type of machines, you just put your coins and card in, get a voucher, and cash it in anytime you want. The only way to pay no fees with CoinStar is to get one of those eGift cards that you can redeem from their partners e.g Amazon, iTunes and Home Depot. https://www.coinstar.com/giftcards
 
2020-07-07 7:45:10 PM  

DRTFA: edmo: And they're still charging 9/10 cents on a gallon of gas.

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Not this place.


Brings back memories.  There was a chain on the East Coast that always ended their prices with 3/10th, instead of 9/10th.
 
2020-07-07 7:46:49 PM  

jtown: Nick Nostril: Timely story. I went to Coinstar for the first time in my life this week. Literally 30 years of change is being exchanged for Amazon bucks. I'm still not done.

When my grandpa died, he had a ton of change.  It was from the daily ritual of dumping his pockets at the end of the day.  I took it to a coinstar in a bucket.  Brought the bucket into the store in a cart.  A manager came up to say they were closing soon and had already closed out all but one register and hinted it'd be a real PITA to come up with cash at this time of the day.  I told him I was doing the Amazon thing and he was relieved.  (No way was I paying 12% or whatever it is they charge for cash.)  The coins just about paid for the Epson V700 that I bought to scan all his slides and film.

I have about 1/3 of a red solo cup of change.  I guess I should do my part and turn it in.


When I waited tables, Coinstar was just starting out, and their fee was something ridiculous like 2%, so it was great. And I just threw my change in at the end of a shift. One time, I needed like $75 for rent, hauled all of the coins in, and walked out with something like $250. It was awesome.

But their exchange rate hasn't been worth it for 15 years or so.
 
2020-07-07 7:48:06 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: kkinnison: well, if the banks let me drop off my jars of coins, i would help

instead, we got those grifting coin star kiosks at the stores

so instead I am keeping my coins, which will help me when society collapses and be able to outsell anyone using bottle caps as currency

The only bank that I know of that has no fees and if you have a account with them is TCF. They have those same type of machines, you just put your coins and card in, get a voucher, and cash it in anytime you want. The only way to pay no fees with CoinStar is to get one of those eGift cards that you can redeem from their partners e.g Amazon, iTunes and Home Depot. https://www.coinstar.com/giftcards


My credit union used to have a machine that you used, but it was so loud they moved it into a back room and just did it for you.
 
2020-07-07 7:49:48 PM  
Saw this at the corner convenience store yesterday.  "Debit, Credit or exact change only"
 
2020-07-07 7:50:31 PM  
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Somebody go back and get a shait-load of dimes!
 
2020-07-07 7:52:02 PM  

Mikey1969: CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.

Try your bank. My credit union does it for free if I have an account. It's a nice way to save up money for, say, a night at the bar. Or at least enough to make that night at the bar be something that you decide on. The extra $30 or $40 won't cover drinks and appetizers for two, but it could be the tipping point...


Night out at the bar? Why bother these day. $30-$40 can buy 4 or 5 six packs of decent beer. Hell. 1 or 2 bottles if something harder. Or a plethera of cheap as stuff that will just do the trick.

Or, Im just getting old, bitter, and/or the gen-xish 'get the fark away from me' mentality.
 
2020-07-07 8:04:24 PM  
Coins is the name of my favorite ghost story to tell around the campfire. I add and lose a few story elements but it still has the jump scare at the end. My niece flew about 5 feet in the air.
 
2020-07-07 8:10:47 PM  
I went to Walgreens and they had signs saying that they were low on change and if you were paying in cash to have exact change. If they aren't able to give you your change back you get a store card.

Coinstar is good if you turn in your coins to get an e-cards like Amazon or Lowes.  I used to be able to do that at the local grocery store but now you have to take your slip to customer service to get your cash or they give you a store gift card.

When I have to go to the store I ask the clerks if they prefer I pay using a card or if they are okay with taking cash.  I leave it up to them to tell me.  I've had at least three tell me "thank you" for at least asking their preference.
 
2020-07-07 8:12:46 PM  

CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.


I actually like things like sorting coins, a weird amount. I have a compulsion to categorize; I had to allow myself only the tiniest dabble in taxonomy at uni.
 
2020-07-07 8:13:48 PM  
I'm going to be sad if I have to actually hook up the washer/dryer that I've had sitting in my basement for 4 years. I don't have the right kind of hook up in this house, so when I moved from my old house I didn't bother. It's cheaper and generally more efficient for me to just use the laundromat less than 2 minutes from my home. But it is coin op. So far I haven't had any issues getting change from my bank.
 
2020-07-07 8:13:51 PM  

Petey4335: Night out at the bar? Why bother these day. $30-$40 can buy 4 or 5 six packs of decent beer. Hell. 1 or 2 bottles if something harder. Or a plethera of cheap as stuff that will just do the trick.

Or, Im just getting old, bitter, and/or the gen-xish 'get the fark away from me' mentality.


That's where I'm at now. This pandemic lock down isn't really bothering me much. Not having to prep and BBQ for 20 people who almost always never bring shiat. Me and my cousin would clean and cook 9 slabs of ribs, about 20lbs of wings, and 30 brats and a bunch of burgers for our family reunion every year in August(+90 degree weather). Not this damn year!
 
2020-07-07 8:18:25 PM  
Personally I blame the mummy of Ankha.

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2020-07-07 8:19:00 PM  
Subby, you are WAAAY too concerned about the halving of Bitcoin.

Get a grip.
 
2020-07-07 8:23:03 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Petey4335: Night out at the bar? Why bother these day. $30-$40 can buy 4 or 5 six packs of decent beer. Hell. 1 or 2 bottles if something harder. Or a plethera of cheap as stuff that will just do the trick.

Or, Im just getting old, bitter, and/or the gen-xish 'get the fark away from me' mentality.

That's where I'm at now. This pandemic lock down isn't really bothering me much. Not having to prep and BBQ for 20 people who almost always never bring shiat. Me and my cousin would clean and cook 9 slabs of ribs, about 20lbs of wings, and 30 brats and a bunch of burgers for our family reunion every year in August(+90 degree weather). Not this damn year!


This year? You can clean and cook a couple slabs, sit back, have a couple and toast your cousin. Because I totally get that. Been on grill duty at family functions many times.

At least, though, dad or my bro brings me a beer every now and then while I'm on it.
 
2020-07-07 8:25:40 PM  
I just exchange my coins for bills at work, so i guess I'm helping to solve the problem. Not really a solution for those who don't work with cash, but...
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2020-07-07 8:26:36 PM  

Petey4335: Mikey1969: CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.

Try your bank. My credit union does it for free if I have an account. It's a nice way to save up money for, say, a night at the bar. Or at least enough to make that night at the bar be something that you decide on. The extra $30 or $40 won't cover drinks and appetizers for two, but it could be the tipping point...

Night out at the bar? Why bother these day. $30-$40 can buy 4 or 5 six packs of decent beer. Hell. 1 or 2 bottles if something harder. Or a plethera of cheap as stuff that will just do the trick.

Or, Im just getting old, bitter, and/or the gen-xish 'get the fark away from me' mentality.


I got alcohol to drink at home. Sometimes it's nice to go out with the wife, have drinks and wings, and play trivia at the bar. I don't go to clubs, and I can actually accept other people being in the same room as me. But we go out more on the order of once every 6 months or year.
 
2020-07-07 8:30:33 PM  

Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: [Fark user image 476x377]

Somebody go back and get a shait-load of dimes!


Do...do some of those Legos have GUNS?! Where's the outrage?
 
2020-07-07 8:45:36 PM  
sounds like time to kill the penny
 
2020-07-07 8:46:57 PM  

Lady J: CokeBear: If the coinstar machine didn't charge that ridiculous extortion just to sort my coins I'd happily throw them all in there.

I actually like things like sorting coins, a weird amount. I have a compulsion to categorize; I had to allow myself only the tiniest dabble in taxonomy at uni.


*internet fist bump*

/also, if you don't hand sort you don't find the interesting ones
 
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