As part of a new promotional campaign for buying cheap back-to-school supplies from Office Max, this guy who looks a lot like comedian Louis C.K., gallivants around New York City paying for expensive items with hundreds and thousands of quarters.
In this case he’s after an expensive steak dinner. Not sure I understand the chef/owner’s steak in a blender analogy though. Read on after the jump to find out the real deal about paying using hundreds of little copper Lincolns.
Aside from coming off as a complete jerk, there is technically nothing illegal about paying with all pennies. Everything this guy says is true. Really, the only problem with this kind of purchase is the inconvenience put on other customers. But once you get over that little speed bump, you should feel carefree about paying using the smallest increment of legal tender.
In England, technically anything with the ‘Queen’s Seal’ on it can be used as legal tender. And although it’s not popular to do so, one could pay for everyday items using gold bars and postage stamps.
And where would those same merchants of consumer goods be without the penny? They make purchases a sucker’s bet everyday by branding items as costing $9.99 or $4.99. Everyone knows that item is really going to cost you 10 or 5 bucks in the long run, but they use that single penny to their advantage to make the sale? Why not stick it back to them by using all those combined pennies from your $9.99 purchases?