John Oliver Tackles a Great American Menace: Pennies

In the most recent edition of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver turned his attention to that greatest of national scourges: pennies. Pennies cost more to make than they’re worth and oftentimes passersby won’t even slow their step if they see a bunch of them on the street. The best use of pennies is as a passive-aggressive way to pay fines. Fuck pennies.

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So why can’t we get rid of the penny? Some unholy combination of enthusiasts, Big Zinc, and Abraham Lincoln fans. Are we really gonna let Big Zinc push us around like this?

Contact the author at kelly@jezebel.com.

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ken-yadiggit
Ken Yadiggit, Adios

Hop on the penniless train, friends. It’s been working swell up here in Canadia. Plus now it’s like finding treasure when you come across one.