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Pennies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Kevin Lindsay (14 hours ago)
I liked the new muppets
G. Waldmeister (19 hours ago)
Even if Ireland had gotten rid of the 1 cent coin, which it didn't, it wouldn't matter. It's still legal currency and Ireland is part of the Euro zone which means you could just pay with Belgian, Portuguese, Greek or what have you Eurocents.
aleah marie (1 day ago)
I keep all my pennies then turn them in at the coin machines for cash. You can also turn them in at your bank and theyll count them and add it to your account
Ivar Blankevoort (1 day ago)
I throw away pennies
Beta Maxis (2 days ago)
Thanks for pointing out that paying in pennies just screws over the innocent workers and nobody else.
Eric (2 days ago)
Pennies from 2008 are actually fairly valuable among collectors. The reason: :the recession forced the mint to manufacture less currency that year making the 2008 penny fairly rare.
loveld Lu (3 days ago)
Okay so this is address to Dawson Market and the way the manager and their self is a 0-0 one their employees are not up to standards especially in the meat department and that manager there the way he carries on Trader Joe's does Dawson Market by 8 point star Street again it also has to do with the store manager and it manager who runs the store manager in that department and the demo Department that manager is horrible Dawson Market in
loveld Lu (3 days ago)
Alright so Safeway improving I see how they're doing a service and they are listening so kudos to You Safeway keep up the good work kudos to Safeway don't slack off now
loveld Lu (3 days ago)
Funny. This summer has been a very interesting weather and here's the thing it's the mosquitoes now you go out to store and you go by off these mosquitoes are so soon to that brand that it doesn't work you walking along and the skin is all in your face in your ear and I need to do something and redo it every single time make it better because it's not working this is for the brand name off you need to do better you need to keep up because it's not working and you also need something to protect us against the Flies to I mean after all your billion dollar company and your product is not doing it the job get back and do better
kristopher barker (5 days ago)
Do it, get rid of it. Then the roughly 5 dollars in pennies I have will go up in value, like a 2 dollar bill today.
Naomi Enoch (6 days ago)
Oliver has been roasting Bill Cosby for like 4 years now lol.
Steely Cent (7 days ago)
John brushing his shoulders off might be the cringiest thing ive seen in a looooong time.
Ewart Smith (7 days ago)
Watching in 2018? Just noticed the class ring.
tekblade (7 days ago)
Ass penny joke is a ripoff of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
nies1348 (7 days ago)
God I've never commented before but I got to say buddy I love the show and you're great, Avid watch her and I think I've seen every single show but looking back on the penny thing it's my belief and this is just my belief no fat pure fiction but is it true pennies are worthless because every year I see Santa's shake their bells and most of the people I've ever seen but money in her Cal for Penny so I'm just curious do you still stand by that
HumpadyDumpady (8 days ago)
Dude, the penny is just a part of American culture. $136 mil - $80 million ... call it a $60 mil loss. Totally worth it. For all the jokes, the donations, and the science projects we get out of it ... America's pissed away more for less.
HumpadyDumpady (8 days ago)
ANS it's the only Lincoln currency that's interesting. Fuck the 5. 5 ain't the most of anything. The penny's the most small.
Em Overstreet (14 days ago)
What about pressed pennies though :(
Toon Nex (14 days ago)
Canada dumped the penny before hand
Christy Hardy (18 days ago)
Agamemnon Butterscotch (19 days ago)
Is the tenth of a cent charge on gasoline ten times stupider?
Agamemnon Butterscotch (19 days ago)
One time I paid for a $1.99 box of cereal with exactly $1.99 and the cashier said he had never had that happen before.
Doreen Achtymichuk (20 days ago)
we got rid of the Canadian penny YEARS ago !!!!
Oh you didn’t Know (20 days ago)
Pennies piss me off
Hunter 'Man Of' Steele (22 days ago)
One time my car was broken into. They took all of the change except the pennies. I probably had about a quarters worth so it’s their loss lol
Izaya Orihara (23 days ago)
Pennies are my childhood 😡
Tommy Fletcher (23 days ago)
Forgive my ignorance but, as pennies are actual U.S. currency, they are subject to federal laws that protect ALL currency. Has anyone else noticed that the Cutco company sells scissors that, in a example, salesman cut a penny to show its effectiveness? I am asking because my friends were reps for the company after high school and I wonder... Are my friends Felons??
William (24 days ago)
Literally when I drop a penny I just keep on walking. the ONLY purpose they serve is feeding coinstar machines.
Tricia Kelly (26 days ago)
Also, lobbyist sux.
Tricia Kelly (26 days ago)
It's just paper!
Tricia Kelly (26 days ago)
It would be so easy for the American people to bring down all US currency.
Ken Van Item (27 days ago)
I'd gladly give up the penny which would do away with things priced at 99¢...
Jose Torres (28 days ago)
Pennies are being made because people who get pennies in change and for some reason it drops to the floor, 90% of the people won't pick it up because its a fucking penny who cares!!
feh meh (29 days ago)
Ditch everything up to a quarter. Replace a % of sales tax with quarter down rounding toward the government.
Caitlin Jrerve (29 days ago)
I wouldn’t pick any money under $10 up from the street as I don’t know where it’s been, it’s very unhygienic
Bea Argyle (1 month ago)
Jokes on you jolly I don't have pockets!
BunzeeBear (1 month ago)
Australia dropped the penny and went with the 2cent piece. So change the valuation of the penny to equal 2 cents. Old pennies are now worthless. There is a limited by back period and then they are not wanted. Only the new pennines 2019 are now legal currency. Abe still can be shown...nothing has changed much except its value. Pennies do have a value, say like when the battery cable clamp is not tight enough, just hammer in a penny to fill the gap and it is tight again.
Mikayla Stewart (1 month ago)
Canada got ride of the penny for this reason lol. What's weird is Europe has a 2 cent coin as well as a 1 cent coin (but it's smaller than ours/the USAs)
Nick Morgan (1 month ago)
To be fair, I wouldn't stop to pick up any coin. Unless it was some kind of rare coin or something.
Ulfina Takele (1 month ago)
Damilola Anthonia (1 month ago)
Lmaoo even the govt (metro) don’t take pennies
Ashley Churchill (1 month ago)
Pettiness rank: epic
Zoogomoogo (1 month ago)
Me being an extreme Couponer I need pennies cause I won't use a dollar bill if the total cost is only like 7¢ that is pointless
Gary McSpadden tech (1 month ago)
I did the same experiment with quarters quite a few years ago. The funniest common occurrence was when an old couple would see it and the wife would point it out so that the husband could pick it up.
beautyintheskies (1 month ago)
the reason ppl don't pick up the pennies is b/c there are other ppl around and to pick up a penny is to appear cheap. if nobody else was around to judge them, they would pick them up.
Griffin Watson (1 month ago)
I pick up pennies.
I didn’t know pennies could piss someone off so much
Shelton Mitchell (1 month ago)
Not gonna lie, thought the title said Penises.
Bot Prophet (1 month ago)
So true. Just today I saw a penny and didn't even consider stopping to pick it up. I even asked my friend if she wanted it and she said no. R.I.P. Penny.
MrGuy (1 month ago)
let's get the penny out of our pockets... And on to eBay!
z00L (1 month ago)
Instead of getting rid of the penny, the US of A should depict trump on it. As Lincoln already has his currency, it'd be the perfect metaphor.
Mike Carlson (1 month ago)
1:33 I don’t see any control test. How do we know they wouldn’t do the same with other coins, and they aren’t just too busy or whatever to pick anything up?
KittyCatMeowMeow1223 (1 month ago)
There's a penny on the floor and it stays...
Leganzar (1 month ago)
Inflation is a bitch
Felfolk (1 month ago)
This is why Canada just got rid of them
Jo Black (1 month ago)
Doesn't matter. Penny coins are legal tender and should not be abolished.
Aaron Marks (1 month ago)
w00t, San Rafael!
Matthew Storey (1 month ago)
I like pennys. If it weren't for them I'd have no means of saving money. Not liking pennies seams to be a rich persons problem.
Omar Alsaadi (1 month ago)
It would be more profitable if someone gets to collect all of these pennies , melt them all in one huge pot and make artistic sculptures and action figures out of them
Why would you want Guy Fieri away ;w;
Oziluv Ibezim (1 month ago)
That "hamster Olympics" idea ain't half bad. Heck, they could just turn it into a rodent Olympics and have "good day mouse" join in the fun. 🤔😂
Just Looking (1 month ago)
The Cosby show is not worthless
qweenie (1 month ago)
Initially thought the title of the vid was penises. Something is wrong with me
Joshua The Science god (1 month ago)
you can find 100 pennies, but its only 1 single dollar. if you find 7 pennies its unless to pick it up. because nothing is worth 7 cents. pennies need to be banned. :/
Ernest TV (1 month ago)
I see all of these comments about people picking up pennies. How about the people that would never waste their time on that? Is it only me?
brown stick man (1 month ago)
If they get rid of the penny . If something costs 13 or 14 cents. You pay 15. If it costs 11 or 12 cents you pay ten cents. This is done at military bases like MCAS Futenma in Okinawa Japan . Works great!
DozensOfViewers (1 month ago)
I’ll take everyone’s pennies.
BigTrouble444 (1 month ago)
Rounding to nickels just makes cents...
steve morrill (1 month ago)
I pick up pennies off the street whenever I see them.
Samuel Robinson (1 month ago)
Also in Ireland when we got rid of one pound notes and replaced them with coins, the coins were so similar to the old big pennies they would work in cigarette machines which was great cos my ma had loads of them!!
Samuel Robinson (1 month ago)
In Ireland if you see a penny you pick it up, spit on it and it's supposed to give you good luck, hence the saying 'see a penny, pick it up and for the rest of the day you'll have good luck!'
c.e. mcawsom (1 month ago)
What's the manufacturing cost for our other currency? It seems like the cost of printing $50 and $100 bills has to about the same as printing $1s; it evens out. Besides, none of it has any real value and we're only going to become more fucked unless American citizens vote.
Jacob Opstad (1 month ago)
Brazil has gotten rid of its equivalent of the penny but most stores tend to round up in their own favor. This whole idea seems to say something about inflation. John should do an episode on inflation if he hasn't already...
quantumangel (1 month ago)
Problem with getting rid of the penny is that you are taking the business away from someone. The only reason they are in circulation is because it gives the zinc industry money. Pretty much like all useless things.
Sandx (1 month ago)
Around the year this was aired, I with many others in my class in India received from a teacher of us who returned from us after a short stay a gift of a penny for everyone in the class, we quickly did the maths and found out its worth 1.2 rs and were thinking, holy shit he gave us real money and its not even from this continent. Today after watching this show, I may have changed my mind.
Almerinda Romeira (1 month ago)
Doesn't matter how it cost, because a 100 dollar bill is worth way more than it costs to produce
drdassler (1 month ago)
I walk past quarters & don't bother picking them up.
John Smith (1 month ago)
CPG grey much?
Kabugula (1 month ago)
I get lots of pennies,and melt them into swastikas. I have pictures
Jacob Laughbon (1 month ago)
I don't think you realize how much those bell ringers pull down with pennies.
Jacob Laughbon (1 month ago)
What are pennies for? Charity.
AZR22 (1 month ago)
When the Cosby joke has a completely different meaning in 2018
Sexual Lamppost (1 month ago)
The only time I see pennies anymore are when Americans come into the fast food place I work at (I'm Canadian) and they try to give them to me. Like yeah no thanks I don't want your usless change. It's also kinda an unintentional fuck you when they leave them in the tip jar. 😂
David Urban (1 month ago)
Actually the charity argument is not even true, here in the Netherlands and other countries have already just stopped making pennies and the amount of money given to charity has not dropped at all. Also the 100 million dollars a year he is talking about would mean that every American would have to donate about 30 pennies a year, including every baby, child and everyone living in poverty...
Ghost_Anna _Reads (1 month ago)
I am willing to take the 150 pennies. I can give them a nice home in my wallet. Free money!!!
WorstCriticEver (1 month ago)
the half penny ironically is more worth then the penny LOL.
Michael Medhat (1 month ago)
I didn't know John like CGP Grey too
FastZebra Zoom (1 month ago)
All of our coins are annoying and worthless. It's from a long ago era when coins actually had some purchasing power. Completely get rid of them or keep just the quarter. Round everything to the nearest quarter. Simple. And no more ridiculous pricing like $2.99. We all know that's THREE FRIGGIN DOLLARS, so you're not fooling anyone.
Pretty Fly Guy (1 month ago)
I once made a glider out of Styrofoam boards I found lying around my house. The center of mass was a little bit behind the lift, so to balance it I used a few pennies. Got the glider to nose down a little bit, but the wings were utter shit to begin with and just didn't work. Thanks, US currency.
Lindsay Thompson (2 months ago)
Dude. I'm right down the street from Mike's Bikes. People in Marin generally don't give a shit about pennies.
Emily Murphy (2 months ago)
Pennies are not totally worthless, if you get enough of them you can get higher cents.
Anse (2 months ago)
tmanepic (2 months ago)
I literally throw my pennies in the trash, no joke.
David Stratton (2 months ago)
I clean a big-box store, I usually find one to as many as 7 or 8 pennies (a few nickels and dimes too) every day. Beings as I work 6 days a week . . . they go in a jar on my desk. They add up and have been that last bit needed for gas on the last day before payday. Paycheck to paycheck people know how that is.
Jane Reinke (2 months ago)
If there were a petition, I’d sign it. If there were a new law enacted, I’d vote for it. If it were possible, I’d impeach it. Oops, am I just talking about pennies now!!?
Anya Romanov (2 months ago)
I mean I use pennies to pay in exact change
DotKritic (2 months ago)
Recently, the penny has cost approximately 2.4 cents to produce; the nickel approximately 11.2 cents.
victoria dk (2 months ago)
Break out a fucking nickel 😂😂😂
wes wells (2 months ago)
I throw away hundreds of Penny's a year ...real talk...fuck the penny
Mikej1592 (2 months ago)
much like my degree from ITT not worth the material its made from, we've already ended the ITT scourge lets kill off the penny!!!
PTRS 41 (2 months ago)
The won’t do it because they are too lazy.
anko Mitarashi (2 months ago)
Why not just use thinner pennies that way we're using less material per penny, lowering the total cost.

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