As part of its federal budget delivery today, Ottawa has announced its decided to scrap the penny coin - you can read all the specific details here. As a former cashier and retail sales manager, I support the decision, I think it would be much easier to simply round prices than roll and supply the change/coins. We're saving environmentally, too, the energy and metals required to produce pennies. But the first thought that came to my head? I couldn't help be reminded of a scene from one of my favourite shows! I watched The West Wing faithfully throughout my teen years, and my opinions of political policy are often shaped by it ;)
Another of my favourite scenes from that episode wasn't on youtube:
Suddenly, Sam knocks and pokes his head in.
SAM: Excuse me. Excuse me, General.
ADAMLEY: Hey, Sam.
SAM: Margaret wasn't out here.
LEO: What do you need?
SAM: No, if you're in the middle of something, I can come back.
ADAMLEY: We're eliminating genocide. What are you doing?
SAM: Eliminating the penny. So I'll come back.
ADAMLEY: See you later.
Sam closes the door.