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A penny earned

By Jeff Wilkin
Friday, July 6, 2012

I’ve noticed pennies in parking lots lately. These poor, orphaned coins have just been layin outside the old Gazette and the YMCA in Guilderland. I’ve spotted a few on pavements owned by Price Chopper supermarkets, too.

I’m sure everyone just passes them by. After all, a penny doesn’t buy anything these days. A hundred pennies doesn’t buy much, either.

I used to step on and over the coppers — until I did the math. Here’s what I think about pennies now:

It takes me about a second to pick up a penny and add it to my vast financial resources. So if I was making 1 cent every second, I’d be making 60 cents a minute. If I’m making 60 cents a minute, that’s $6 for every 10 minutes. And $36 every hour.

So if I’m making $36 an hour for eight hours, that’s $288 a day. A day’s worth of dough at that rate equals $1,440 a week. Or $74,880 every year.

Now the old Gazette pays me a fair wage, but I’m not making $74,880 annually. At least, not yet.

So if I see a penny, I pick it up. These are hard times, after all.

And if I find a nickel or a dime, that’s more money in the bank. Wish people would start losing more quarters. I’ll be a millionaire in no time.

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