EDITOR’S DESK: Paying in change: a telling trend

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Still, you don't see seven bags containing thousands of pennies every day. It's an unusual story for this area. And it brought the most unusual photo opportunity I can recall. Honestly, how often do you handle someone else's money? Especially when it's a significant amount?

For some people, money is a personal matter; it should be handled with care and it is meant to be spent wisely.

As Deborah defended her decision to buy Scott toilet tissue over the generic brand that doesn't last as long, and said she used the fireplace — now mere decoration for many households that trade higher power bills for convenience — I knew we shared similar values.

Her penny plan was understandable. Not necessarily justifiable — that's not for me to say —  but understandable.

If your bill is higher than expected, sometimes the only option is to pay. So some people civilly express dissatisfaction with that.

People like Julann Roe in Dade City, who in November paid her $11,075.44 property tax bill in $1 bills and pennies, according to the Tampa Bay Times; Larry Gasper in Redding, Calif., who paid nearly $15,000 in late property taxes last year with two buckets full of coins and cash, according to ABC News; and a number of others, from England to China, who apparently wanted to send a message.

Right or wrong, such symbolic acts are becoming a trend, and say a lot about the shape our economy is in.

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