See a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.
We don’t use pennies over here anymore. Since 1961 the Rand has been our currency, with 100 cents in 1 Rand.
The R1 itself has also changed face since then; from the paper note with Jan van Riebeeck’s portrait, to the giant sized silver-metal coin with a jumping Spingbuck, and since 1989’ish the smaller, thinner coin that we know today.
Which brings me to my money question, since we are/not/are in a recession: For what value of dropped coins is it not faux pas to bend down and pick it up?
Just a photon thought that struck me as a kind stranger picked up my dropped coins today at the supermarket; I was carrying Amelia in one arm and trying to put change in my purse with the other. As I watched my R1.05 roll away, I thought ‘Is it really worth the effort to chase after the 2 coins, or can I let them go?’ Then I started thinking that if I let it go, people might think that I don’t care if I dropped it, it won’t make me any poorer, to heck with the economic strain. Or they might think that I’m so hard up for cash, that I will stoop to pick up a 5c piece; things must be really bad, or I’m just a Scrooge.
Then the other part of my brain said to quit worrying about what other people think, leaving the coins on the floor is just as bad as littering – and look, that nice man has picked them up for you while you’ve been debating loose change.
I pocketed the money and put it in Amelia’s piggy bank when we got home.
(To put it in perspective, you can buy…maybe…not even, a small packet of Snax chips with R1. Almost a lollipop. Can’t buy anything really. A third of a pack of 2-minute-noodles on special)