A lone doughnut shop is banishing pennies, rounding change to the nearest nickel. Is this savvy business or a frustrated cashier?
<p> <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/10/a-lone-dunkin-donuts-sort-of-abolishes-pennies.html">Consumerist</a> has found a cashier hero and we want to offer our praise to the rogue Dunkin' Donuts manager who is taking a stand against pennies.</p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"> <img class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a6ad3bb286c160b6460e82809df49002" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" id="dcf17" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTkxOTkwMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTg5MDg0N30.wVZp91jWZrJB2RNYUhv49oa2kO7CbY4cUy7JZLWCDig/img.jpg?width=980"/> <small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption..."></small> <small class="image-media media-photo-credit" placeholder="add photo credit..."></small> </p><br/> It's rational. It's convenient. It <a href="http://www.good.is/post/commoncents/">saves zinc</a> (if everyone did it). And Consumerist even makes the case that it's healthy, because <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/09/video-why-pennies-are-bacteria-ridden-disks-of-suck.html">pennies are germ magnets</a>.<p> The real question we hope Consumerist gets to the bottom of is this: Why did this one franchisee decide to take this stand? Were customers really clamoring for it? Was the bank too far to walk for refills? Presumably, because he's a franchise he can't change his prices to round out evenly after tax so he's more vulnerable to pesky penny purchases, but other than that, you'd think a chain store would be the last place to start a bold move against monetary inconvenience. Kudos.</p><p> Last year, David Schooley wrote for GOOD with <a href="http://www.good.is/post/pennies-for-your-thoughts/">a similar idea,</a> harnessing the spare change left behind by an idea like this for good causes.</p><p> I'd love to hear a defense in favor of the penny if you have it.</p><p> <strong>UPDATED 11-2-2010 3:00 p.m. PT:</strong> Intrepid journalism advances the story. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/11/02/131002982/that-rogue-dunkin-donuts-shop-brought-back-the-penny">Jacob Goldstein at NPR</a> has it from Dunkin' HQ that the store has abandoned the ban after generating much national attention and support. </p><blockquote> <p> In an email today, the company told me ... A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee, who introduced a voluntary policy suggesting the elimination of pennies, has since removed the sign based on customer feedback.</p>\n</blockquote><p> Donut lover must like their pennies more than GOOD readers, also Australia, which I've learned from commenters no longer uses pennies at all. </p><p> (original post via <a href="http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/a-dunkin-donuts-store-exhibits-penny-sanity/">Freakonomics</a>)</p><p> <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/totalaldo/503335275/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Image</a> (CC) by Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/totalaldo/">totalAldo.</a></em></p><br/>
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