Saturday, February 27, 2010

Isn't it Take a Penny, Leave a Penny?

We have one of those penny trays in our store, just like every other convenience store in the world.

Some days we have tons of pennies in there, and some days there are hardly any.

There are times when people are a penny short and need to take one from the tray. There are times when people are even a few pennies short and need to take a couple. These people I don't mind.

It's the people that take all the pennies from the tray and throw them in their purse or pocket.

We have a few customers that only come in to do this. I've learned to keep an eye out for them and when I see them walking in the store, I quickly empty the trays of pennies.

I don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does.

Usually when I see this happen though, I tell them to put the pennies back. They know they did wrong, so they immediately put them back. I'm waiting for one of them to tell me to go f*** off, but no one ever has.

Has anyone out there ever taken pennies from the tray and threw them in your pocket? If you have, can you please explain why? Help me understand why people do this! It's 'take a penny, leave a penny'! Not 'take all pennies and shove them down your pocket and walk away like nothing's wrong'!


  1. Lol, I have never seen that before, but now when I go to the gas station again I am going to ask people has it happened to them.


  2. If I tell you why these people do these things, I will sound nothing but old and bitter and cantankerous and cynical. Does "because people suck" explain it enough for you?


  3. No, I've not taken all the pennies and put them in my pocket. I've used a penny now and then, but that's it. I would do the same as you. How rude of them.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  4. I would have to agree that some people do suck. I'm still going to tell them every time to put the pennies back. It's all about the point of it! :-)



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