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Feelings from the Features Editor

March 16, 2018

These are my feelings after spending a week away while on spring break and returning to school. You may have the same feelings or maybe not. Either way, these are my own and not influenced by those around me, organizations I am a part of, including The Courier, nor Monmouth College. Any instance is purely coincidental. But I do know that I share this particular feeling with my parents: whatever happened to donating spare change?

While vacationing in Nashville, TN over break it was evident receiving loose change after paying cash is much like the newspaper-overrun by modern technology. To be clear, we were given money back, in dollars, but technically we were still owed money. The place in which we enjoyed dinner at kept the change. It sounds minuscule, but a penny saved is a penny earned and we all have a change jar we turn in when we’re strapping for cash. It adds up. So, I decided to investigate, though for now, I have come up short, just like our change. The owner of the locally owned burger business has yet to respond to my questioning.

However, this is not the first time this has happened. While vacationing in Chicago over winter break I bought a dress at Macy’s. I paid in cash, more than what was owed, expecting exact change. However, I wasn’t given the full amount back. Instead, I received a couple of quarters because “that’s all we carry in the drawer.” Again, we’re just talking dollar and cents here, but typically, a business would give you MORE than what you’re owed, not less. They have more than profited off of my consuming habits.

This begs the question: how are the books reconciled?

My dad manages our small family business and firmly believes that you never shorten a customer their money owed. For example, if the total is $20.10 he would tell the customer to keep the .10 cents, sparing the time it takes them to find it at the bottom of their purse. Never does he keep the spare change given by a customer, unless specified.

For small business owners, any spare change goes to supporting the family and their kids directly or goes back into the community in a variety of ways. For larger businesses, like the local chain in the suburban region of Nashville, one wonders where it goes? And for Macy’s, a national chain, is it used to support their corporate social responsibility efforts, like their Believe campaign? I also inquired and am expecting a call from their corporate offices in Ohio. Want exact change? Paper is out, plastic is in.

Tessa Jones
Features Editor

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