How lazy are RVers about picking up spare change?


How many RVers will bend over to pick up a penny laying on the ground? How about a nickel? A dime?

You may not know the answer, but we do. Over the last few months we asked you what it would take for you to bend over to pick up change you came upon. Heck, just walk across any supermarket parking lot and you’ll almost always find a penny.

Approximately 10,000 of you responded to these polls.

Not surprisingly, the more valuable the coin, the higher probability you would bend over to pick it up.

The lowly penny is not worth the effort of bending over for many of you. Only a third of you will always reach down to pick one up. The rest of you report you might pick one up, but you might not. Six percent will never go to the trouble to reach down for such a pittance.

A nickel is more likely to get picked up. Eighty-five percent of you will always reach down for it. One percent of you could not be bothered — you’ll leave it for someone who needs the money more than you.

Now, a dime … that’s starting to get some respect. Ninety-one percent of you will reach over to grab that ten-cent piece. Still, like the nickel, one percent of you will walk right by. We’ll take a guess that these folks are well off and, heck, what can you buy with a nickel or dime, anyway?

So there you have it — the amount it will take for you to bend over.

Okay, while we’ve got your attention, what’s the chance you’ll reach down for a quarter? Take a guess before you respond, then see the actual results. Our editors are betting about 97 percent of you will grab it.

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9 months ago

Some wag glued a few quarters to the sidewalk near the outdoor seating area of a restaurant I frequent.

Dinner and a show.

Gary W.
9 months ago

I will pick up any coin, put it in a jar, and donate the entire contents to the Salvation Army during the holiday season.

9 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

Great idea!!

Terry Wilson
5 months ago
Reply to  Gary W.

I don’t support the Salvation Army .They support illeagle aliens.IDont

Al Florida
9 months ago

I find pennies, nickles and dimes to be mostly worthless. Quarters, at least I can use them in the laundromat. Additionally I buy absolutely everything I can with a credit card, so my cash transactions are down to paying cash 1 to 3 times a month. When someone gives me change in those pennies, nickles or dimes I struggle to find a way to get rid of them.

9 months ago

Not only penny’s, but also pop cans and bottles. They are worth more

Joel and Betty
9 months ago

We consider the coin to be ‘lucky’. So we will always pick up the ‘lucky’ penny.

9 months ago

Not only coins, but I will even pick up a tab from a can and put it in my pocket and it ends up in a collection at home that I eventually give to a group collecting them. They collect the scrap aluminum that will pay for someones wheelchair.

Edward I Owens
9 months ago

I need quarters for the laundromat, always looking out for them

Cheryl Carr
9 months ago

I wil stop and pick up any coin regardless of its value. My 2 year old granddaughter loves to put the coins in her piggybank and to her a penny has the same value as a quarter.

9 months ago

A penny earned is a penny saved. Although in Canada we got rid of the penny a long time ago (and now everything is rounded to the nearest nickel and you know who it rounds up in favor of -don’t you) I’d still bend over (and I can with zero problem) to pick up a penny or anything else of value I find on the ground or laying about. Could be why I retired in my fifties.

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago

My guess is, those who will not bend over to pick up change (ANY change!), don’t because they CAN’T. Nuff said.

9 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Is it so much that we (me included) can’t bend down or have more trouble getting back up?

Judy G
10 months ago

You betcha! When I started work, a quarter was my hourly wage!

10 months ago

Pick up a penny, you betcha,i have been made fun of for doing it but i now have over 13 gallons of pennies, its a site to be seen

10 months ago

My wife and I will bend over to pick up a mere penny! Over time they add up and we also get the bending and stretching benefit.