A Little Off the Top II


This one is straight from Cincinnati, OH, written in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Ohio man buys new truck with thousands of coins

CINCINNATI – An Ohio man who says he doesn’t trust paper money has delivered enough coins to cover half the price of a brand new pickup truck.

Employees at a dealership in the Cincinnati suburb of Springdale say 70-year-old James Jones plunked down 16 coffee cans full of coins Tuesday for a new Chevrolet Silverado.

Salesman David Crisswell says employees spent 90 minutes counting the collection of dimes, quarters, half-dollars and dollar coins, which covered half the $16,000 price of the pickup.

Jones and his wife, Betty, wrote a check for the other half of the cost.

Jones’ son says his dad has always preferred to pay with coins. Dennis Jones says he’s most amazed that his penny-pinching father decided to replace his 1981 pickup, which struck his father when its parking brake failed last year, putting him in a hospital.

Hahaha! Really? Paying 8,000 dollars with coins? Can you imagine being at the car dealership having to count that? Perhaps even double checking that? The article states that there were 16 of those giant coffee cans (I automatically thing of Folger’s… but I like this independent one here:)


So presumably, there had to have been 500 dollars in each. That’s absurd. I mean, I get annoyed at people who pay for things in coins at the store, especially when it’s not in quarters!!! Another question of mine is how long it actually takes to save 8,000 dollars in change! I mean, I’m luck after a month or two to have 20 dollars in my piggy. Of course, this guy has made it clear that his preferred currency is coins… so perhaps he cashes his paychecks in denominations of 25’s 10’s 5’s and 1’s … cent pieces of course.