'Why do teenagers throw pennies in the bin?' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.

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  • torbrextorbrex
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    They simple don't know what they are worth, the smallest that they can think in terms of value is £1.

    I used to work as a delivery driver for a bakers and after the school bus had gone it was a race between me and the street sweeper to see who could get to the bus stop first to pick up all the dropped coins. It was not unusual to collect a couple of pounds in change each day.
  • Flat_EricFlat_Eric Forumite
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    My appreciation of the value of money has diminished over the years but I still (and always have) saved pennies/coppers

    At secondary I used to help myself to the pennies out of the vending machine that people didn't want. I was ribbed for it but hey more money in my pocket!
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  • pete_vpete_v Forumite
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    When I was on a British Army base in Germany ten years ago, the young soldiers used to drop their Pfennigs on the ground as they came out of the NAAFI.

    I only noticed this when I saw the Company Sergeant Major's wife picking them up :D

  • JezRJezR Forumite
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    1p and 2p coins should be withdrawn and Swedish rounding adopted on a 5p interval. Discuss :)
  • Beki88Beki88 Forumite
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    They don't see the bigger picture that they will soon add up!
    Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after their selves.
    My son saves all his copper-and mine too and he has now got £30 saved up just from those alone :)

    Everything will be ok in the end, and if it isn't ok then it isn't the end :)
  • I posted on another forum recently that I had seen a teenage girl accidently drop a 50p coin. She looked at it then just left it there and carried on walking. I pocketed it myself. It's like teenagers are just too cool to bend down and pick something up off the floor.
  • DorastarDorastar Forumite
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    Well in the words of my 10 year old dd "They're idiots - it's money!" Guess she won't be chucking her away then!

    As a teacher though it isn't just my job - parents need to play their part - we have loads of children who never see money anymore, they just see cash/credit cards handed over or note appearing from cash machines. Mine have gone 'shopping' from an early age for their 10p mix despite it taking a huge amount of time to choose the perfect selection!
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  • edited 6 June 2012 at 7:41PM
    pseeker_2pseeker_2 Forumite
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    edited 6 June 2012 at 7:41PM
    I guess the problem is that on a cognitive level they know they can't buy anthing for a penny or two. Or three,...

    And then, they often don't have experience of having to EARN the pennies.

    Natural adaptation follows...

    The rest of it is status/power/class... show off of course :-)

    I don't pick up pennies on the street, unless it's 5p min!

    Edit: ironically, i just collected 10p on the way from jog to home..
  • pseeker_2pseeker_2 Forumite
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    JezR wrote: »
    1p and 2p coins should be withdrawn and Swedish rounding adopted on a 5p interval. Discuss :)

    no, we can't withdraw the 1p coin - it makes a beautiful sound when you flip from your thumbnail into the air!

    Btw, did you know that any £1 combination of penny coins you use, it will always add up to 356 grams? clever design :)

    As for withdrawing the pennies, it's not worth the excercise.
    Empirically it makes sense, but it's not like £ is running a mad inflati0000n rate, and you need to look at span of a decade(s) for it to make sense.
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