Have you ever “took a penny” or “left a penny”? I’m talking about the penny cup typically found in gas stations, small stores and restaurants which is occasionally used for convenience in cash transactions. Some folks place their unwanted pennies in the cup after receiving change, others take a penny to avoid breaking a higher coin or bill, even cashiers may take a penny to simplify a customer’s sale.
I think I may have taken a penny once or twice, but that’s not important.
A while ago, I was in desperate need of a penny, a nickel, a dime, a dollar or something. Simply put, I needed loose change. I had an order for $3.26 and in my wallet I had my driver’s license, a credit card, three dollar bills and a quarter.
Rats! I’m in the drive-thru, so there was no “Take A Penny” cup to save me. How’s that for bad luck? I wasn’t even in my own car where I have enough change to pay tolls from here to Wisconsin.
So naturally, I asked the person who was driving to “loan” me a penny. Believe it or not, there was no loose change to be found in that car. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t a napkin, a french fry between the seat, or straw paper to stumble upon. This vehicle was absolutely spotless. There was nothing -and I mean nothing- hiding in the armrest and only the vehicle’s manual resided in the glove compartment.
I was ticked.
I could not believe there was not a single penny in the car. There were no coins for that matter. Then it hit me, why should there be. It’s not my car – that’s my thing. I still don’t have a pen in my purse and I probably never will. Why Would I Have a Pen?, but I’d be damned before I charge $3.26. After meticulously digging through every nick and cranny of my purse
I know it’s not all that. It’s just a penny, but I was happy to find a penny saved. I totally get the penny cup, but I can’t imagine what it’s like to have an unwanted penny.
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)