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(Fox 5 New York)   "The blue-cheese salad dressing, butter, ground turkey, cans of grain-free dog food, and new toothbrush came to $24.97. Laurie Mahlenbrei handed the cashier a slice of wood marked $25 and walked out with her items in plastic grocery bags"   (fox5ny.com) divider line
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2020-07-09 2:33:24 PM  
I was told never to take any wooden nickels.
Never said anything about a $25 plank to me, though.
 
2020-07-09 3:21:19 PM  
Technically all pieces of paper are slices of wood...

/Yes, I know US paper money is actually made of cloth, not paper
 
2020-07-09 5:22:30 PM  
plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?
 
2020-07-09 5:22:53 PM  

The Third Man: Technically all pieces of paper are slices of wood...

/Yes, I know US paper money is actually made of cloth, not paper


Cotton and linen
 
2020-07-09 5:24:26 PM  
I swear, this is the most press I've seen Tenino get in the 25 years I've lived in Washington. On that note, do they have pens to check for counterfeit wooden bills one could make in the shed?
 
2020-07-09 5:24:40 PM  

AeAe: The Third Man: Technically all pieces of paper are slices of wood...

/Yes, I know US paper money is actually made of cloth, not paper

Cotton and linen


And previously, butterflies.
 
2020-07-09 5:25:08 PM  
10-9-0.

Yeah, they had one bank that went out of business in the Depression, so they ran out of paper money. They decided to temporarily print wooden money to act as an exchange medium, and it's been a vaguely touristy thing to buy wooden money there ever since.

There is a decent Mexican place there in the stripmall. Nice outdoor seating, if it's not raining.
 
2020-07-09 5:25:45 PM  

Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?


Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.
 
2020-07-09 5:27:47 PM  
Does the ladies at the local gentlemen's club trade woodies for woodbux?
 
2020-07-09 5:27:55 PM  

AbuHashish: I swear, this is the most press I've seen Tenino get in the 25 years I've lived in Washington. On that note, do they have pens to check for counterfeit wooden bills one could make in the shed?


I imagine they use woodchucks in a little bucket at the cash register, to see if it chucks the wood.

If it chucks, it's worth the bucks.
If it sits, it's not fit.
 
2020-07-09 5:28:33 PM  
Big Ricky approves

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2020-07-09 5:28:49 PM  
Get some stacks!
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2020-07-09 5:29:12 PM  
I think this may actually be illegal, unless they had a depression exemption that never got revoked. How can you have sales tax on something paid for with wood?  Pay the tax in splinters?  Is the $300 taxable income?  If they sell it for more or less do they have to report the profit?  Cool idea though.
 
2020-07-09 5:29:58 PM  
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2020-07-09 5:30:06 PM  
And ready to make it rain?
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2020-07-09 5:31:11 PM  

AbuHashish: Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?

Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.


See them in Cali a lot still.  We don't take them, as we have our own bags and boxes - they just put shiat back in the cart and we put them in the bags etc. when we get to the car, but yeah they're commonly available now that the pandemic has hit.  Stores don't want to have to interact with containers that've  been sitting in your house/car getting gods know what all over them - and rightfully so.

/why the heck doesn't spell check recognize that've?
//sorry but that's been common speech for a long time
///seems about on par with trying to push no prepositions at the end of a sentence
 
2020-07-09 5:31:39 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Does the ladies at the local gentlemen's club trade woodies for woodbux?


Only if it's sanded down. Otherwise they get splinters in their panties. And that's...

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A rough trade.
 
2020-07-09 5:32:10 PM  

Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?


2020.

In California, it appears part of the Coronavirus mitigation stuff the governor ordered is to do a 180 and ban reusable plastic bags.  I think the whole proposition mandating such (prop 67) is now on hold.  What it did was require plastic bags to be both sold for a dime, and for them to be a certain thickness.  They've stopped charging them, and they've gone back to the thinner ones.
 
2020-07-09 5:34:22 PM  
That'll whittle down their problems...
 
2020-07-09 5:35:13 PM  
This is the perfect public private partnership, City prints it's own money, store accepts it, can get $25 from the city or sell it to Coin Collectors for more, making the city spend less.
 
2020-07-09 5:37:36 PM  
It can't be used for alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana.

Well that's the last time I go shopping in Tenino, Washington. Also, I live in California and would need a lot of wood chips to fuel my car.
 
2020-07-09 5:38:47 PM  
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What's the Norton Bucks to Tenino Covid Cash exchange rate?
 
2020-07-09 5:38:47 PM  
Neat idea. And a fun history lesson.
 
2020-07-09 5:42:12 PM  

AbuHashish: Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?

Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.


And a lot of places never banned them
 
2020-07-09 5:42:21 PM  
Money does grow on trees.
 
2020-07-09 5:42:39 PM  
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Saving up for when we go to war with China
 
2020-07-09 5:43:42 PM  

AbuHashish: Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?

Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.


They use them again where I live. We are not allowed to bring in our own bags for now. Risk of contamination. They use the cheap non-reusable ones and no charge.
 
2020-07-09 5:44:23 PM  

baronbloodbath: [Fark user image 425x266]

What's the Norton Bucks to Tenino Covid Cash exchange rate?


A buck two eighty to eleventy-seven cents. Get to spending, brother. Your country need you.
 
2020-07-09 5:45:04 PM  

AbuHashish: Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?

Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.


Asked my local Safeway cashier what was up with the plastic bags, she said that all the paper bag factories had switched over to making toilet paper and are slowly switching back to making bags.
I hate those stupid, cheap, sloppy plastic bag that dump half the groceries all over the backseat.
 
2020-07-09 5:47:15 PM  
They reopened the strip club, but had to close again when the strippers all ended up with severe splinters and minor concussions.
 
2020-07-09 5:48:05 PM  

The Third Man: Technically all pieces of paper are slices of wood...

/Yes, I know US paper money is actually made of cloth, not paper


Technically, all pieces of paper are shredded up bits of wood pressed flat. Not sure that counts as a slice as it's not a single piece cut from a larger portion.
 
2020-07-09 5:52:08 PM  

WilderKWight: They reopened the strip club, but had to close again when the strippers all ended up with severe splinters and minor concussions.


Just throw sawdust at them.
 
2020-07-09 5:52:47 PM  

Dybbuk Schmybbuk: I hate those stupid, cheap, sloppy plastic bag that dump half the groceries all over the backseat.


You mean the ones Walmart has been using for the past four years?

The other day I bought a quart of juice. Paid for it, got my bag, and walked out the front door. Two steps into the parking lot the back just split open. Nothing sharp in the bag. It wasn't jabbed or cut. It just decided one quart of juice in a plastic container was too heavy for its delicate structure and gave way. The bottle hit the parking lot, bounced once, and then landed cap-downward at an angle. CRACK. The hard plastic cap broke. Juice splashed on my shoes and then gurgled out of the now-ruptured bottle. Before I could bend my arthritic knees down to pick it up, nearly half had poured out.

You can bet I had them give me another one. And double-bag it.

They still made me go through the whole return process, though. I had to wait in line, had to return the broken bottle and then exchange for the new bottle that I had to go back and retrieve from the ass-end of the grocery side of the store (the exact opposite side from my car). Added 20 more minutes to my trip there. For farking juice.
 
2020-07-09 5:53:47 PM  

AeAe: The Third Man: Technically all pieces of paper are slices of wood...

/Yes, I know US paper money is actually made of cloth, not paper

Cotton and linen


Blended fabrics are forbidden by the bible.
 
2020-07-09 5:56:56 PM  

WilderKWight: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: I hate those stupid, cheap, sloppy plastic bag that dump half the groceries all over the backseat.

You mean the ones Walmart has been using for the past four years?

The other day I bought a quart of juice. Paid for it, got my bag, and walked out the front door. Two steps into the parking lot the back just split open. Nothing sharp in the bag. It wasn't jabbed or cut. It just decided one quart of juice in a plastic container was too heavy for its delicate structure and gave way. The bottle hit the parking lot, bounced once, and then landed cap-downward at an angle. CRACK. The hard plastic cap broke. Juice splashed on my shoes and then gurgled out of the now-ruptured bottle. Before I could bend my arthritic knees down to pick it up, nearly half had poured out.

You can bet I had them give me another one. And double-bag it.

They still made me go through the whole return process, though. I had to wait in line, had to return the broken bottle and then exchange for the new bottle that I had to go back and retrieve from the ass-end of the grocery side of the store (the exact opposite side from my car). Added 20 more minutes to my trip there. For farking juice.


In my grocery bagging days we would intentionally break open a case of beer you purchased as we loaded it into the trunk of your car. Then we would apologize and run and grab a replacement as we hid the broken case behind the soda machine to retrieve later.
 
2020-07-09 6:03:59 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: why the heck doesn't spell check recognize that've?
//sorry but that's been common speech for a long time


Common speech and proper grammar are two different things
 
2020-07-09 6:10:55 PM  

The Third Man: Technically all pieces of paper are slices of wood...

/Yes, I know US paper money is actually made of cloth, not paper


Technically incorrect.

Should look up what technically means.

Could have used, "all pieces of paper could be considered slices of wood", or "most pieces of paper are made from slices of wood" but not that they "technically" ARE slices of wood.

Same as all candy is not technically pieces of sugarcane, beets or corn albeit their bulk originates from those sources.
 
2020-07-09 6:13:14 PM  

chitownmike: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: why the heck doesn't spell check recognize that've?
//sorry but that's been common speech for a long time

Common speech and proper grammar are two different things


I feel like this guy is somehow insulting my grandmother. She may be old but she's perfectly capable of common speech.
 
2020-07-09 6:14:10 PM  

FarkingChas: AbuHashish: Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?

Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.

They use them again where I live. We are not allowed to bring in our own bags for now. Risk of contamination. They use the cheap non-reusable ones and no charge.


They charge for bags but you can bring in your own reusable bags here but you do have to pack them yourself.
 
2020-07-09 6:18:31 PM  
"Thank you. Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt the leaf as legal tender, we have, of course, all become immensely rich."

Ford stared in disbelief at the crowd who were murmuring appreciatively at this and greedily fingering the wads of leaves with which their track suits were stuffed.

"But we have also," continued the management consultant, "run into a small inflation problem on account of the high level of leaf availability, which means that, I gather, the current going rate has something like three deciduous forests buying one ship's peanut."

Murmurs of alarm came from the crowd. The management consultant waved them down.
"So in order to obviate this problem," he continued, "and effectively revalue the leaf, we are about to embark on a massive defoliation campaign, and. . .er, burn down all the forests. I think you'll all agree that's a sensible move under the circumstances."

The crowd seemed a little uncertain about this for a second or two until someone pointed out how much this would increase the value of the leaves in their pockets whereupon they let out whoops of delight and gave the management consultant a standing ovation. The accountants among them looked forward to a profitable autumn aloft and it got an appreciative round from the crowd."
 
2020-07-09 6:27:48 PM  
So much for wiping your arse with $100 bills.
 
2020-07-09 6:33:57 PM  

baronbloodbath: [Fark user image 425x266]

What's the Norton Bucks to Tenino Covid Cash exchange rate?


Ahh, Emperor Norton, one of this country's greatest crack-pot goofballs who got an entire city to buy into his act. He was just the right nut-ball at just the right place at just the right time.
 
2020-07-09 6:35:26 PM  
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It wouldn't kill you to laugh.
/but 'rona will
//no more mowing the lawn
 
2020-07-09 6:35:54 PM  

Dybbuk Schmybbuk: AbuHashish: Isitoveryet: plastic grocery bag? what year is it!?

Despite the bans, a lot of stores have gone back to using them. I get them at Safeway every trip.

Asked my local Safeway cashier what was up with the plastic bags, she said that all the paper bag factories had switched over to making toilet paper and are slowly switching back to making bags.
I hate those stupid, cheap, sloppy plastic bag that dump half the groceries all over the backseat.


Huh.  I hate the paper bags that always rip when I try to pick them up.
 
2020-07-09 6:42:23 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: 10-9-0.

Yeah, they had one bank that went out of business in the Depression, so they ran out of paper money. They decided to temporarily print wooden money to act as an exchange medium, and it's been a vaguely touristy thing to buy wooden money there ever since.

There is a decent Mexican place there in the stripmall. Nice outdoor seating, if it's not raining.


I would like one.   I wonder how hard it is to get one.
 
2020-07-09 6:43:05 PM  
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/bow-chika-bow-bow
 
2020-07-09 6:45:25 PM  

alex10294: I think this may actually be illegal, unless they had a depression exemption that never got revoked. How can you have sales tax on something paid for with wood?  Pay the tax in splinters?  Is the $300 taxable income?  If they sell it for more or less do they have to report the profit?  Cool idea though.


Not illegal. It's still backed by US currency, and not printed on it that it's legal tender.

Think Disney dollars, but being used in a small town instead of a Disney Park.
 
2020-07-09 6:47:25 PM  
So I  can walk into a grocery store sporting wood
 
2020-07-09 6:51:45 PM  
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On the bright side, a wealth of literature exists to help identify counterfeit bills.
 
2020-07-09 6:53:06 PM  

Tom_Slick: This is the perfect public private partnership, City prints it's own money, store accepts it, can get $25 from the city or sell it to Coin Collectors for more, making the city spend less.


what's the difference if the county, state or federal govt prints the money.  can the store do the same thing?
 
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