There’s a good thing about having loose change in coins: it’s loose. You have money that you can do a lot of things with, despite how small the value of the money may be. Coins are great; you can toss a couple to the buskers in the street, realise you have just enough for a snack wrap at McDonald’s, or a small bag of candy at the convenience store, or even cheap $1 coffees at 7-Eleven. Or, you can put it in your pocket and save it for a rainy day, because no matter how little you have, it all adds up.
I personally don’t like having loose change on my person, because it get awfully heavy, makes noises if I run with it in my pockets, and it’s all so easy to lose (then again, all money is – notes/bills or coins).
This morning I had just the right amount of money to buy a train ticket – in coins. I like to use loose change for buying my train ticket. I use the ticket machines (instead of buying from the ticket master at the booth), so all I have to do is put my coins in the slot after selecting the ticket I want. I thought these machines were great, even though they could have worked a bit faster.
I’d selected my ticket and started putting my coins in the slot as the machine recognised how much I was putting in. Just when I had two more coins to put in, the slot shut itself and the machine spat out all my coins. The sound was like a bunch of elephants crashing in the bottom of a ticket machine. Except, these weren’t elephants. They were coins.
I was pretty annoyed, and I repeated the process, until the machine decided to be nasty and tell me, Maximum Coins Inserted – well, something along those lines. I was in too much of a rush to be paying proper attention. I was so angry that I tried another machine, which gave me the same bad luck.
Okay, maybe I should have noticed that the machines only accepted a maximum of 10 coins, but this was still ridiculous and maybe the second time it’s happened to me. (The other time, I was in less of a rush and I was just taking coins from a bunch – so I didn’t calculate my exact money.)
I was pretty annoyed and ended up sprinting for my train after buying a ticket from the ticket booth instead. :( Lose money all you like, damn government. You ought to at least let your stupid machines eat up more coins.
I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at the cinemas with James today. It was hilarious. :D
If Scott Pilgrim only had his winnings from his defeats, you’d have to make sure those ticket machines accept all those coins. @_@