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Pennies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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wes wells (11 minutes ago)
I use pennies at self checkout at Walmart and Kroger. Yes cashiers can refuse penny payments but self checkout machines cant.
Brian JOnker (21 hours ago)
Not just the penny but get rid of the nickel as well
chill bane (4 days ago)
we got rid of pennies here in canada and its working well so far.
NoC41 (4 days ago)
In the first minute we have a reference to the national debt machine 😂
chucky (4 days ago)
Youtube fuck off.. your search filter NEVER works.. I search for any time from 1 week to 1 month and I still get everything up to 4 YEARS !!!! fekking crap you are..I do NOT want to see all the videos I have already watched!! TED here I come.
starflame34 (4 days ago)
I'm actually starting to really get pissed with pennies. From time to time after buying groceries or whatever, I'll occasionally get change back equal to 24 or 49 cents, and I'm just thinking: "okay, just give me a quarter instead of a mess of coins". But no, the fucking people at the register end up dragging out those 4 extra pennies that I don't need, like as if that 1 penny is going to cost them their job!
prozzak6616 (5 days ago)
2019, America still has pennies.
YeeSoest (5 days ago)
That's Steve. He's not only not a known giver of fucks, many of his friends say he never had any to begin with. Steve may have been born with something called MFS or Missing fucks syndrome. It was only ever confirmed in Steve and his mother Melinda. She found out she wasn't your everyday housewife when she asked her neighbors to watch her cat for the upcoming weekend, September 14 and 15, 2001. She came to their door and asked them...at noon that Tuesday . They refused.
Eli Turner (6 days ago)
Actually, when we got rid of the half penny, it was worth more than the dime is now
Kevin Kollai (6 days ago)
I have a better idea that would keep pennies around. Pennies could be worth 2 or 3 cents if the primary problem is that it costs more than one cent to make them. Pennies could even be changed to a value of 15 cents. Changing the value would solve the problem in general.
Brooke Ann (8 days ago)
Is John Green aware of this segment?
Schiro Grey (8 days ago)
Can't bulk pennies be melted down to make SOMETHING worthwhile?
Cupid (9 days ago)
Why don't we just mind pennies once every 4-5 years instead of every year
chernosquare (10 days ago)
What if we make the penny worth ¢2
Nate Davies (10 days ago)
The only time I find myself using change is coffee and changing those coins in for bills (or larger change, because Canada hates not-paper money). Be proud, American friends, that your country has retained the 1 and 2 dollar bills. I wish we had and it's a jingly jangly mess here now.
Abdelkhalek EL ALAOUI (13 days ago)
I smell pennies..
hereticpariah 6/66 (13 days ago)
In addition to the halfpenny we've had a twenty-cent coin, fractional notes (a special dollar bill meant to be torn into four "quarters") & a three-cent coin to pay for postage. In 1982 they changed how the penny was produced partway through the year, so there are many similar, but different, pennies from that year to collect (should you be so inclined). Also, dime was originally spelled" disme". ........and that's all I've got to say about *that* .
hereticpariah 6/66 (13 days ago)
A single shiny penny (alone) tells your waitress that her service *SUCKS* . A single shiny penny with currency tells your waitress that her service *ROCKED* . D'ja know that?
Just4 Kicks (14 days ago)
this man doesn't understand memes you can't forces it happens natural
Brezo11 (15 days ago)
I lived in Canada for a year and a half and I didn’t miss pennies one bit
Chris D (15 days ago)
“Whatever’s easier, man. I don’t really care.” 😂
Pam Majidy (16 days ago)
I would be on those pennies so fast
SpartiuS94 (16 days ago)
If a penny costs 1.7 pennies to produce, that means you could cut-off the pennies and donate the 0.7 penny per produced penny to charity and still provide millions for charity without forcing them to count FUCKING PENNIES.
Fuck Gatorade bottles (17 days ago)
Why don’t we just raise the value of the penny to 2cent ima fuckin genius
McKenzie P (17 days ago)
John Green I’m sure was thrilled to see this.
Markus Walsh (17 days ago)
Hey John. I have wiped my ass with rocks. I'm not proud of it but sometimes nothing else is available. I live in Africa. Can one wipe ass with a penny?
Allison Castle (20 days ago)
" I'll be honest, I don't think much of people. But even I have to believe they'd be willing to believe they would break out a fucking nickel" hahaha
The Garden of Eatin (20 days ago)
Lead is one hell of a drug.
Vintage Ben (20 days ago)
As a numismatic, I disagree.
hello goodbye (21 days ago)
I think John is forgetting Mt. Rushmore
Funkopedia (23 days ago)
Alright, math whizzes, what could the government fund with the savings of not making pennies?
Zoe Bueche (24 days ago)
Pennies are pretty mpney is stupid in general smh
Colin Englert (1 month ago)
When I first saw the thumbnail I thought it said p****
Brenyatta (1 month ago)
The only legitimate use of pennies I can think of is the Pressed Penny
Greasy Hiddleston (1 month ago)
When I was in the US in 2016 I got really upset when this cashier at a gas station wouldn't KEEP THE FUCKING PENNY. I was like gurl pls I my country doesn't use such prehistoric currency I don't want this junk in my purse.
Asiimwe Mwamwenda (1 month ago)
South Africa got rid of it's 1c and 2c coins long ago. We round off to the nearest 5c now.
Carla Meister (1 month ago)
Three years later and pennies are still a thing. What are you doing with your life, John?!
Sarah Krupa (1 month ago)
I fixed it. https://sarahsavessomething.blogspot.com/2017/06/us-currency-is-ridiculous.html
How the fuck can a small company, with $180,000 and weak-ass arguments still have control?
Brendan Ramirez (1 month ago)
Lets dump the penny...make it a collectable.....
infinite dragonbelly (1 month ago)
I'm from Springfield, IL and Lincoln is burned into our souls. My damn community college is called Lincoln land. My county is called "land of Lincoln" we have Lincoln library. Lincoln shops. A huge museum just for Lincoln and his life. Too much Lincoln...we dint need to keep the damn penny...
Tseleng Botlhole (1 month ago)
I think US is one of the few countries that still has the penny!!!
Digilici (1 month ago)
“I wish somewhere in the world a mouse has a good day” that’s so cuuuuuuute
drew (1 month ago)
I used to unintentionally not circulate pennies. Now I deliberately don't circulate pennies. They just add weight to my novelty Rocket Raccoon coin bank now. I spend the other coins I get. Fuck pennies though
Armin Nasery (1 month ago)
anyone else also paused to read the infant swallowables magazine. I laughed my ass off at Mom's hair ties.
cro4591 (1 month ago)
According to Weller, cutting out the penny would create a need for more nickels, which costs 9 cents.
cro4591 (1 month ago)
"That's M. Night Shyamalan's job."
cro4591 (1 month ago)
Here's some Irony for you. If they stopped making pennies, their value as collector's items would skyrocket.
Angela Binder (1 month ago)
A penny from 1982 and before is worth 2.2 cents 😉
Angela Binder (1 month ago)
Pennies from 1982 and before are made of 95% copper, and 5% zinc, while those made after 1982 are made from 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. So there you go.
Phill Ken 7 (1 month ago)
Dog broke into a bag full of pennies and & ate over 100 of them. That dog is mentally disabled or it's really fucking dumb.
James Jeannetti (1 month ago)
People would rather pay 99 cents rather than $1 with the thought they are getting a deal. Pricing at whole dollar amounts would turn some people off. Stores take advanrtage of this by pricing that way. ONLY $19.99 sounds better than $20. And with pennies gone how would i pay for gas the day before payday.
Daniel Ryan (1 month ago)
Get rid fo the penny. Replace the printed single note with coins. And put E Pluribus Unum back on our currency in place of “In God We Trust”
Katelyn Morgan (1 month ago)
I doubt that argument that ppl wouldn’t donate unless pennies. I personally often give a dollar at various stores when shopping when asked if I’d like to donate and I’m disabled and live on a income well below the poverty line so that’s just not true
Katelyn Morgan (1 month ago)
Why does the treasury still make pennies? Why not just round off prices to the nearest nickel instead....this is just another example how the Gov wastes our tax dollars but won’t put $ into programs that really do deserve our tax dollars and help many deserving Americans like veterans and the disabled as well as elderly. My mom worked as a nurse for 40 yrs she’s 68 and still works as a school nurse because she cannot live on the ss she gets and often can’t afford her meds. This is disgraceful imo
Daniel Ryan (1 month ago)
Katelyn Morgan Because Americans don’t like change *pun!* and a big part of Trump getting elected was his vow to roll back change that a lot of people feel is happening way too fast
Inga Sall (1 month ago)
Me earlier today, randomly watching this video again: HA! I don´t have to worry about the human ass/dog penny bc I don´t own american currency. Me now, sorting change for the pizza delivery dude: Wait this cent looks weird... When and how did I accidentally get an american penny here in germany?
Ian Lack (1 month ago)
3:09 Joke's on you - I'm not wearing pants.
Jesse Hess (1 month ago)
Get rid of the penny. It is such a waste
maelissa kluckman (1 month ago)
no! don't get rid of pennies i still need them for spite currency!
Andrew Love (1 month ago)
The reason we still have pennies is because it makes us feel like our money is worth more than it is. $1 today is worth less than a dime in 1950... That's right, $1 is worth about 9 cents compared to what it was almost 70 years ago. That means a penny today is worth $0.0009. As far as functionality, we really don't need anything smaller than a quarter, and even then that's not horribly useful.
Emily Con (1 month ago)
That guy who paid in pennies. Hilarious 🤣
Vincent Ciccone (1 month ago)
Bring back the 50 cent coin. They are actually still in circulation. You can request them at a bank, same as the $2 bill. The are awesome to use.
twilitprince (1 month ago)
bold of you to assume any of us have pennies in our pockets
JelloniSandwich (1 month ago)
I’ve got a shitton of pennies and I’m not even from the US
zact lee (1 month ago)
Do you still have those in 2019?
Me E (1 month ago)
I read that st penis the first time
Wayne Sitarz (1 month ago)
You can do it USA,but it's 2019,so apparently not yet.
D Ferrise (2 months ago)
myMelody4life (2 months ago)
But...I like pennies D:
Sora NioStaur (2 months ago)
drop pennies in miami, plenty of people will pick it up :/
TheAaron2442 (2 months ago)
Our penny is gone in Canada. No one **cking misses it. Make America efficient again!
happysmash27 (2 months ago)
I always pick up pennies off the ground, and they have saved me from not having enough money many times. How can people care so little about them???
LukeAdamMiller (2 months ago)
How does the Lincoln Chia Pet not have a Chia beard?
Ingrid P (2 months ago)
I use pennies to tip baristas at Starbucks...otherwise they are useless
Wolf NZ Outdoors (2 months ago)
Jackass McPenny's little fine-paying stunt: does the USA not have laws establishing limits on how much is deemed "legal tender" for various denominations? Here in New Zealand, if you rocked up with $110 in coins to pay a bill or a fine, they'd be within their legal rights to tell you to get fucked and come back when you're ready to pay with suitable currency - even if you'd tried to pay using "only" 55 two-dollar coins. This is because, under New Zealand law, people are not legally obligated to accept large amounts of low-denomination coinage. The Reserve Bank actually posts limits on how much coinage vendors can be reasonably expected to accept for a single transaction: $5 in mixed 10-, 20- and 50-cent coins and no more than ten times the face value of $1 and $2 coins.
Wolf NZ Outdoors (2 months ago)
Here in New Zealand, our lowest denomination coin is now the ten-cent - which is now smaller than the previous ten-cent coins and made of copper-plated steel (the original ten-cent was solid cupronickel). Our copper one- and two-cent coins and our cupronickel five-cent coins were rendered obsolete because they cost too much to make compared with their purchasing value. The only time we pay the advertised price on an item is when we pay by electronic means - if we pay cash, it's subject to rounding up or down (usually up, because you're more likely to see "Only $1.99!" than "Only $1.93!") So the path was: get rid of one- and two-cent coins, then five-cent coins and reduce the ten-, twenty- and fifty-cent coins in size and make them all out of far cheaper metal with a bit of plating. If the USA decided that they desperately wanted to keep the penny, they could use the same tactic - the pennies would be so small they'd be hard to find but you could at least pick them up in bulk with a magnet... Here in New Zealand the important question is: "If you saw a $10 note on the footpath, what would you do?" and the sensible answer is "pick it up - there might be something valuable hidden under it."
Wolf NZ Outdoors (2 months ago)
+robert cioffler Cheers.
lukassnakeman (2 months ago)
that cricket sound youre hearing is the "fiscally responsible" republicans
Emma Hall (2 months ago)
My ADHD ass would immediately get distracted and pick up every single one.
ozzyjames87 (2 months ago)
Lets be honest here, there is no object or substance human beings will not shove up their ass.
jmaniak1 (2 months ago)
What are thoughts worth now?
macetw (2 months ago)
The nickel also costs more to make than its value. 7 cents for each.
Obey The Law (2 months ago)
Why is a penny heads up lucky? Heads up was not lucky for Lincoln.
John Smif (2 months ago)
Yeah fuck the penny.i vacuum up and throw away more then I spend.shit
Robert Montalvo (2 months ago)
Enjoying this vid in 2019:)
Revelator (2 months ago)
Wonder if this episode is where Community's butt crack bandit idea came from
Erica Silva (2 months ago)
I thought he was going to say that the guy who put a penny up his butt wanted to know what it felt like to jukebox/gum ball machine
Waldo (2 months ago)
Just in case anybody is wondering, adjusting for inflation one half penny in 1857 was worth 13-14 cents in todays money! They got rid of a coin that had more buying power than a dime because it was so worthless, yet we can't get rid of the penny?
The Silent Observer (2 months ago)
Watch us get rid of the penny, eventually, and then make the penny worth hundreds of dollars when they become collectibles.
a1orski (2 months ago)
Try the penny on the street test in a Bohemian neighborhood and they will knock each other centsless fighting for them!
L.Claire Viso (2 months ago)
I pick up every penny I see
Kemara Robinson (2 months ago)
#infantswallowables. #ihavea1yearold #facts
ditchdakkon (2 months ago)
lol i collect pennies so i can throw them out my car window when im stuck in traffic
TrackpadProductions (3 months ago)
Rule of thumb in America - if someone comes up with a good idea, some rich assholes will probably lobby against it.
ConfusionFusion (3 months ago)
Give Americans the choice to either increase taxes by the amount of money we’ve lost making pennies, or to get rid of them. Pennies will be gone faster than you ca say "I wonder what it would feel like to put a cold penny up my ass?"
Top Kek (3 months ago)
Yeah they got rid of 1 cent in Australia But the businesses are dicks and price things at x.98 so unless it’s a digital transaction you pay 2 cents extra each time
godonlyknows13 (3 months ago)
I live in Canada (2018 at time of post) and you know what we dont have anymore? Pennies. And do you know why?... We didnt have rich assholes exerting their will over our democracy, so that what should be a common sense move instead gets blocked lol.
Brian Allen (3 months ago)
They should get rid of the paper dollar bill also and just start using the dollar coins that they are minting right now.
WilloftheNinja (3 months ago)
I would pick up all the pennies.
Ichijo Festival (3 months ago)
Those news crews exemplify the incompetence of TV personalities (or as they like to pretend, "journalists"). You can't run the tests with just pennies, and be like, "well, there you go, pennies aren't worth bending down for." Where's the test with quarters or dollar bills? Just proves that pennies were worthless enough *they* didn't mind losing them.
Henry Apfelbach (3 months ago)
This is great and all but the federal reserve is a private company and they pay the excess to make the penny. They actually don't pay the excess, they still break even. They sell the money to the US government. He is usually so well prepared.
johann rüstmann (3 months ago)
The Dutch don't use them.

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