#633 – Mint

I was excited when I got my first piggy bank. It was a traditional ceramic pig that you were supposed to fill with your childhood life savings and then smash it open to finance your first big purchase. Every time my mom would give me some change or I would find a coin on the sidewalk I would excitedly drop them into the slot on the pig’s back. After the novelty wore off I realized there was a lot of candy I was missing out on by feeding the pig all my coins. Then I discovered if I put a butter knife into the slot, turned the bank upside down and shook it, I could get the coins back out. I never saved up more than a few dollars worth after that.

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29 thoughts on “#633 – Mint”

  1. Heinrich says:

    lol that’s awesome. 🙂

  2. Ghalko says:

    Looks like he needs to save more for the thing carrying the pigs.

  3. brickface says:

    I’ve always wondered something, how many cars biff goes through in one year?

  4. Heinrich says:

    i think biff goes through as many cars as he tries to do things to. like carrying enough piggy banks to buy the next one.

  5. speearr says:

    He’d have spent a fortune buying piggybanks in the first place…..!

  6. Silencers says:

    Here in Malaysia, back in the old days a ceramic piggy bank costs too much. A common thing to do was to take a section of thick bamboo, cut a coin slot on one end and when its full, you take a machete and break it open.

    These days I just use a cookie jar.

  7. TomTom says:

    I was a horrible pack rat as a child and so never had the heart to break my piggy bank. Luckily, it wasn’t long after that I discovered the rubber cork on the bottom.

  8. SEA says:

    I loled when i saw the truck full of piggy banks at the back ^_^

    *looks around*

    Nope, all my saving are either in the bank or scattered in my room XD

  9. Dave says:

    Well, I keep a piggy bank of sorts. It’s one of those little wooden boxes meant for you to drink sake out of. It was a New Year’s day present from one of my local pubs.

    The appeal of drinking sake out of little wooden boxes is more than lost on me. So I just throw change into it instead of using it as a booze receptacle.

    Every now and then, I accumulate enough change in the box to pay my rent for that much. That’s always a pleasant surprise.

  10. MaskedMan says:

    Picking the piggy bank – Heh. I did that, too.

  11. i.half4 says:

    That piggy bank is so trusting. It has no idea what Biff intends to do.

  12. carrie says:

    Gee… I wonder what the name of dealership could possibly be…. 😛

  13. steve-o says:

    This reminds me of that video of a prank where a guy is going to buy a car in only pennies.
    “Is it alright if I pay in cash?”
    “Oh, sure!”
    “You’ll take any cash I’ve got?”
    “Uh…Yessir”
    “Well, can you help me carry it in,there’s a lot.”
    “Wha-…Oh…yessir…”
    *guy takes salesman to parking lot and shows his pickup with the back full to the brim with pennies*
    “Uh…lemme talk to my manager…”

  14. Chris says:

    @steve-o – What is the capacity of a standard pickup truck bed? A cubic foot of pennies is about $500.
    http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/four.asp

  15. Leo Cage says:

    @Chris

    $25,000…thats alot of pennies

    couldnt find the “standard” but i went with the most average i could find. 4 ft x 6 ft x20 in

  16. AOEUD says:

    In the US all businesses are legally required to accept cash. The currency would collapse otherwise.

    In Canada, however, if you try to pay with a certain number of coins, they’re no longer legal tender, so businesses may refuse.

  17. MaskedMan says:

    @AOEUD,
    That’s a gross distortion, and basically not true. US businesses MAY accept legal tender, but they’re not required to – They can always refuse to do business with you. Point in illustration: Most fast food joints in the US will refuse US$100 bills. Many will refuse a $50, too. Another point in illustration: Catalog sales are frequently “Check or money order only.”

    So… US$25K in pennies? *No one* is going to back you up if you complain that the dealership wouldn’t take your cash.

  18. Chris says:

    US car companies are really hurting right now. I could see a local dealer accepting $25,000 in pennies and turn it into a publicity stunt.

  19. RG says:

    I like exact change but this is going to far… can’t help but lol though.

  20. AOEUD says:

    No, it’s not a distortion. It is ILLEGAL to refuse money for goods. That is required for any money to be worth anything. What good is that piece of paper if you can’t exchange it for goods and services? Hotels refuse to rent rooms to people without credit cards, and if this were challenged, hotels would be beaten on.

  21. speearr says:

    @Chris: Maybe you could submit a reworded version of today’s Biff to car mags…. something along the lines of “401(k) too risky? Invest in a solid American car instead! *while stocks / companies last*” 😉

  22. Chris says:

    I think a place can refuse to be paid in pennies, but they have to accept nickels and larger. Something about legal tender laws. But just looked it up on Wikipedia and it seems as though if the contract is signed and payment is due, then they’d have to accept pennies as payment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_tender

  23. Speakerblast says:

    Aww… Biff really had his eye on that new invisible blue car

  24. MadDavid says:

    A good question is, can a standard pickup support the *weight* of $25,000 in pennies. I imagine Biff gets indestructible cars by neccessity.

  25. The pig’s face is hilarious. 🙂

  26. steve-o says:

    @Chris- Couldn’t find any standard capacities, but according to Wikipedia
    “The bed is usually constructed so as to accommodate a 4 ft (1.2 m) x 8 ft (2.4 m) sheet of plywood.”, so I guess it’s usually 4 ft x by 8 ft

  27. steve-o says:

    Sorry for the double post

    @MadDavid- I guess so, since the video clearly showed the back of the truck filled up to the brim with pennies.

  28. Hornswaggler says:

    x3 I’ve seen that video, Steve-o. That was amazing. Have you seen the others, where he pays for like, some really expensive jewelry, and then a fancy restaurant dinner? xDD I think the only guy that ever took his pennies was a carriage driver. It was $40, and however many pennies were in that bag, they must’ve been somewhat close.

  29. Necoho says:

    I had a purple porcelain pig, and I used the exact same trick with the knife to get out my money. I could never smash it.

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