Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 23
July 8, 2019
Years ago, before banks had coin counters, I collected coins in a jar. When the jar filled up I would roll the coins to bring to the bank. I would sit with stacks of coins in front of me, counting and rolling. My daughters accused me of looking like “Scrooge Mc Duck” the character from the animated version of “A Christmas Carol.” It was a good learning tool. I used it to help my daughter’s with their math and currency skills. It was rather good learning.
All this changed when banks got coin counters. I got lazy and began to take my coin jar to the bank. I was surprised one day to discover that the coin counter was gone. I have heard two explanations for this. The first is that these machines were “skimming” money. The second is that these were not cost effective for banks. This doesn’t explain why Supermarkets still have them.
Now I am back to coin rolling. As my jar fills up, I roll the coins, write my account number on each roll and take them to the bank. Recently I was surprised to learn that at my local TD Bank, these rolls are opened and the coins are dumped into a common bag. The bagged, un-rolled coins are then sent out to be counted by a machine in another location.
Does this make any sense to you? It doesn’t to me. To me it seems to be a redundant waste of time to roll coins only to have them un-rolled. Or is it? If we use the task well it is a good math/currency lesson for our children. If we choose not to roll, there are plenty of supermarkets that gladly supply us with coin counters. Some things in life make no sense, yet we do them because systems and organizations require them. There are some silly things that we simply have to put up with.
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