So, clearly at some point in history, we got a little more sentimental over our currency. Or, less willing to do a little more math when buying things. What we don’t realize is, it’s actually less math! If we dropped the penny from circulation, it would mean that all prices would be divisible by 5 or 10, and you’d never see $199.97 at the register ever again. Most coin-accepting machines already do this and some restaurants have even started rounding bills down to the nearest 5 cents. Yes, you read that right, down. It turns out it’s cheaper to lose a few pennies on a sale than it is to pay someone to count them for you.
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