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Jurgis

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Re: Picking Dollar Bills from the Street
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2020, 05:32:57 PM »
Nothing!

Brand power is not what it used to be.  ::)

Right when COVID-19 went live in America in March, the crappiest brands and items were sold out. The high end stuff generally was still available.

So that was the reason I could not buy Ferrari to race with rb!  :o
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Re: Picking Dollar Bills from the Street
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2020, 08:30:41 AM »
Reminds me of something that happened to me a few years back. Where I live the practice of Santeria is somewhat common. It mostly takes the form of fruit and baked goods placed around palm trees as a fertility offering - I've seen perfectly edible looking cakes from local bakeries that would probably cost $50 placed on the ground.

The other, less pleasant, variety comes in the form of sacrificed animals, usually chickens and rarely goats. Accompanying the offering is almost always a bag of coins in cloth or paper bags. When I'm cleaning up an offering someone placed in the street near my house (I worry about my dogs eating them and they start to smell awful) I usually just toss the bag of coins after checking it for bills, especially if it's too gross to separate from the rest of the offering. However one time I was cleaning one up and the paper bag that the coins were in fell apart and out fell not only coins but several hundred dollars, it ended up being over $700 - so yes (hundred) dollar bills do occasionally lie in the streets around here. Aren't religions fascinating?

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Re: Picking Dollar Bills from the Street
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2020, 10:03:35 AM »

Both bills are still on the ground. I would think atleast about 30-40 people must have passed by.


What would have been interesting, is if there were four bills on the ground upon your return.
It could have been the start of a novel pyramid scheme  ;)

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Re: Picking Dollar Bills from the Street
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2020, 10:30:10 AM »
Reminds me of something that happened to me a few years back. Where I live the practice of Santeria is somewhat common. It mostly takes the form of fruit and baked goods placed around palm trees as a fertility offering - I've seen perfectly edible looking cakes from local bakeries that would probably cost $50 placed on the ground.

The other, less pleasant, variety comes in the form of sacrificed animals, usually chickens and rarely goats. Accompanying the offering is almost always a bag of coins in cloth or paper bags. When I'm cleaning up an offering someone placed in the street near my house (I worry about my dogs eating them and they start to smell awful) I usually just toss the bag of coins after checking it for bills, especially if it's too gross to separate from the rest of the offering. However one time I was cleaning one up and the paper bag that the coins were in fell apart and out fell not only coins but several hundred dollars, it ended up being over $700 - so yes (hundred) dollar bills do occasionally lie in the streets around here. Aren't religions fascinating?

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Re: Picking Dollar Bills from the Street
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2020, 12:29:41 PM »
We go on long walks in the evenings and today I thought of an experiment.

I put two one dollar bills prominently on the grass right beside the walking path that is frequented by a lot of people. The dollar bills are quite visible to anyone walking on the path.

I wanted to check if people would pick up the dollar bills or are worried enough that it might have coronavirus and leave them alone. After putting them at the start of my walk and returned about an hour and half later.

Both bills are still on the ground. I would think atleast about 30-40 people must have passed by.

Just as I was about pick them back up, I thought what if someone has sneezed or handled it somehow and just left them where they are.

Same size of one, so does not really mean much, but might point to the level of risk tolerance at least in the local community.

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You not picking up your own bills reminds me of:

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Re: Picking Dollar Bills from the Street
« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2020, 08:06:28 AM »
Interesting experiment.    I must admit the free equation has changed a bit. 
Although ~2 months ago I did pick up a big free piece of insulation sitting in sun.  Left it out for 2 weeks.  Man did I get shit from the wife!