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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 10th Jan 19, 8:42 AM
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    Wombling 2019
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:42 AM
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    Wombling 2019 10th Jan 19 at 8:42 AM
    Hi all - a successor thread to the Wombling 2018 thread
    I thought about starting a new thread - but depends if anyone else wants to play.
    Originally posted by NBLondon
    Happy New Year
    Is this thread still going? And continuing in 2019?
    I stopped posting as thought no one was updating it.
    I would love to continue but really only get cc points now.
    Originally posted by never too old
    Hi, I'd love to join in if there is a new thread. I'm just starting to get right into wombling, I always go out litter picking for the wildlife and things and I find loads of receipts there, sometimes a trolley with a pound in too!
    Originally posted by AppleCrumble44
    So a couple of people do....
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 10th Jan 19, 9:04 AM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:04 AM
    What is it?
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:04 AM
    For new readers - Wombling is the art of collecting discarded money, vouchers, receipts with unclaimed loyalty points or as the song says:
    Making good use of the things that we find,
    Things that the everyday folk leave behind.
    The most obvious targets are supermarket car parks; many people discard receipts as they go and if there are unclaimed loyalty points on these, the wombler could add these to their own account by taking them to the customer service desk and claiming they had forgotten their card on a previous trip. Till spits (money off vouchers from the till) can also be found.

    As AppleCrumble44 notes above - abandoned trolleys sometimes have a pound coin left in them and the dutiful wombler could bring these back to the store and release the coin.

    My own favourite target is the Coinstar machine that turns your loose change into vouchers for a commission. I find that some users either don't check the return chute after they have emptied in a jarful of coins or they leave behind any foreign currency (or leave it on top of the machine or throw it on the floor!). So the wombler scoops these up...

    And of course - roadkill - coins or notes dropped in public places. I wouldn't go out specifically hunting it but if I spot a gleam of silver; it's fair game.

    Some people might like to share their tips or celebrate big/interesting finds here. Or report their progress and end of year totals.

    Happy Wombling!
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 18th Jan 19, 4:19 PM
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    • 18th Jan 19, 4:19 PM
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    • 18th Jan 19, 4:19 PM
    Sort of a secondhand womble yesterday... M'wife had a clear out at work and brought home a jumble of foreign coins left by visiting lecturers. Most of them are defunct - Deutschmarks, Finnmarks, Guilders, Francs, Drachma but there are some more yen (75p worth); a few cents; some that might be Iranian rials; 100 Indonesian rupiah (1/2p) and a couple of small ones I can't identify yet.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • Annie35
    • By Annie35 18th Jan 19, 5:58 PM
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    • 18th Jan 19, 5:58 PM
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    • 18th Jan 19, 5:58 PM
    Husband picked up lots of left receipts from the self serve machine & claimed 90p in dividends �� it was just before I found receipthog or I could have added these too ��
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 23rd Jan 19, 12:42 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:42 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:42 PM
    and a couple of small ones I can't identify yet.
    Originally posted by NBLondon
    They turned out be Swedish ore. And the Iranian rials were actually obsolete Egyptian piastres. But on the upside I took my accumulated euro, dollars and other small stuff to the fourex machine at St Pancras yesterday and converted to 1.89 of usable cash.

    If you're going "what's that" - they are kiosks that exchange foreign currency (including coins). They keep 9.5% back (worse than a Coinstar) but when changing "free" money I can live with that. Only in the South East at the moment but they can be seen at motorway services so maybe expanding to the rest of you in time.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 23rd Jan 19, 12:49 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:49 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 19, 12:49 PM
    A mate of mine tells me that he does quite well at spotting dropped notes and even more so since the plastic 5 and 10 came in. His theory is that the plastic notes are slippery and likely to be dropped where there are lots of people paying off cabs - in his case outside the hospital where he works. So the same could apply to stations, hotels etc. Keep your eyes open if you are passing
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 5th Mar 19, 5:26 PM
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    • 5th Mar 19, 5:26 PM
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    • 5th Mar 19, 5:26 PM
    First round pound of the year. Absolutely filthy so it's soaking in a shot glass of pickling vinegar before it gets handed to the bank next time I'm passing.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
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