Something fishy is afoot these days. Money is money and it all spends the same. But it seems folks don't value a certain denomination of coin like they used to. Anytime I pay with cash and there is change due that involves pennies, I get the same question from the cashiers. Do you want the penny? Or pennies? Duh. YES, I do. Why wouldn't I? If the item ends in ninety nine cents, they'll round it up to next dollar, rather than give you back the penny. This drives me crazy. Apparently they also put the pennies in a little container by the register so that customers can take from it if they are short. I guess that is an interesting concept. If you help your customers make change, so that you do not have to deal with too many pennies,yourself... then you don't have to count them at the day's end when cashing out the register. In the old days... one penny would buy you a pretzel stick, bubble gum, an assortment of candy, a stamp, a postcard... just to name a few things. Nowadays, children can get a mechanical pony ride for just a penny at MEIJER'S. Yet... folks today want to do away with the penny just like they did with the two dollar bill. I think that's a shame. I LIKE pennies. In addition to spending them, I've been collecting pennies in a big glass jar. Don't know how many I have, but out of habit I put my extras in there. That old adage applies... "A penny saved is a penny earned." If you saw a penny lying on the ground, would you walk past it or pocket it like a treasure?