• Aug 14, 2008
I once bought an ice cream cone with two fistfuls of pennies. It did not make me popular on that busy summer's day many years ago, but I got my sugar cone with a scoop of Black Raspberry. A 70-year-old Ohio man recently bellied up to the bar at his local Chevrolet dealer and allowed them to count $8,000 worth of coins as a down payment for a new Silverado. James Jones was badly injured by his last truck, a 1981 Chevy that ran him over when the parking brake failed, so it was time to put the old girl out to pasture. After the dealership spent an hour and a half counting through the various coinage in the 16 coffee cans that Jones presented, he got his truck. The full price of the truck was closer to $16,000, so whichever company is financing the truck should go out and buy a coin counter right now. You see, Jones explains that he just doesn't like banks, and wisely realizes that paper money will burn, so he kept his savings in coins all this time. When he says he bought his truck for pennies, he really means it. Thanks for the tips, everyone!
[Source: Cincinnati.com, Photo by Darren Hester | Creative Commons]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      The people who still write checks take at least as much time when they do use their debit card. the technology of "slide card, enter PIN, press enter" is beyond them. I know this because they always seem to be in front of me at the grocery store. (pet peeve time: the N in PIN stands for Number, please do not say "PIN Number.") LOL
        • 6 Years Ago
        Especially when they don't have to, select "credit" and be gone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't anyone think it odd that he would go back to the Chevy dealer after his last Chevy almost killed him?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but that whole story sounds shady... "ran over when the parking brake failed?? What the hell were you doing, that would involve the truck with the parking brake engaged, but out of gear or not in PARK and not on jacks, while still being in position to get run over..... something just not right with that!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because the new Chevy is 28 years newer and contains 28 years of automotive advancement?

        Good grief people, have a sense of perspective.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Talk about blind/brand loyalty. I'm gonna shy away from VW for my next car because my Passat has had more issues than I would like. This guy gets run over and seriously injured by his Chevy truck after the parking brake fails and then rushes out to buy a new Chevy truck with his spare change. "Thank you sir may I have another!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        The truck was 28 years old, not a bad track record. Any 28 year old component is liable to fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy is an ass. He could just as easily go to the bank and have them count it out and give him a certified bank note. They have coin counting machines and a lot of banks don't require you to be a member nor do they take a cut of your money. He also lost a ton of money in interest by not putting $8,000.00 in the bank.

      moron.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If he doesn't trust banks, then why would he bring his money to a bank? And when it comes to buying a vehicle, the only ass I've ever encountered is the salesperson selling the vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most banks won't take coins unless they are rolled, then when you get to the bank they want them loose, the banks really don't want to deal with coins in any case!

        My grandparents (I miss them) could never learn to work with ATM cards, they had written checks for 60 years and weren't about to change. Those 2 minutes you are complaining about having to wait in line for somebody's check, just shows your level of selfishness, it ain't gonna hurt you and your precious time, get over it! Someday maybe you will gt to be old too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah like $40. Big deal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't this a story pretty much identical to one that you guys posted almost two years ago?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some comments on various posts:
      1. I’ve been in line behind check writers before and never had one take the supposed “5 minutes” that other are claiming here. Exaggeration perhaps?
      2. As a check-writer myself, I do normally have my check filled out with only the amount to enter, but even on the odd occasion when I didn’t, it didn’t take me much longer to start from the beginning.
      3. The complainers here are likely the same people, or at least of the same mind, as those who try to save precious seconds by not stopping at stop signs, blowing red lights, and weaving in and out of traffic to get ahead, while I, driving at regular speed and obeying traffic rules, can pull up behind those same people a few blocks down the street. What did they gain, other than putting other people at risk?
      4. Can I complain about the credit card users whose first card is rejected and then they have to dig for another, or have a verbal tirade with the cashier, or have to ask to see the manager, thereby not just slowing the line, but bringing it to a complete standstill?
      5. As for laws not allowing purchases to be made using large amounts of coins, such laws would seem to fly in the face of the fact that coins are legal tender, too. Those laws would seem to be illegal on their face and unnecessary in practical terms: how many big-ticket items are paid for with large amounts of coins on a daily basis? Was such a law really needed or was it a knee-jerk reaction to a single incident from the past?
      6. One person commented on slow check-writers, “They always seem to be in front of me at the store”. I would guess they were behind you in line, too, though of course those check writers don’t bother you, so you don’t take notice of them
      7. I’m not old, or slow, or a technophobe, but I don’t have a cell phone, or credit cards, or debit cards (I don’t need them nor do I want their associated fees), I buy just what I need and use it until it’s worn out (meaning I don’t need credit to live above my means). Friends can’t believe I can exist in today’s society without these electronic trappings, and yet I do, quite happily. Many of my friends are stressed out, suffocated in their electronic lives. I lead a pretty relaxed life in contrast and glad of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy reminds me of Dale Gribble.
      yogi
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can afford to wait a few minutes while someone writes a check! Whats the hurry? I have a debit card too, but if I choose to write a check, you will damn well take it, or I will take my business to someone else.Get real, folks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your post mentions financing the remaining balance of the truck, but the article states that the man and his wife wrote a check for the rest. Just thought I'd clear that up.

      "Crisswell said the Silverado that Jones bought cost $16,000, including taxes and fees. Jones and his wife, Betty, wrote a check for the remainder."
      Jules
      • 6 Years Ago


      funny coins are legal tender, if the company does not wish to accept
      the payment, the debt is often considered paid in full in many cases
      and most states, unless the company posts it will not accept before
      the offer is made. , and in the case of an auto dealership, in these
      times, a sale is a sale.
      • 6 Years Ago
      or buy Gold or Silver?
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1. The value of gold always goes up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really though, if the sh!t were to hit the fan money means nothing. Guns,gas, bullits and food is where its at.
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