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Pennies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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T B (3 days ago)
We need pennies considering every thing is priced with a .99
L J (4 days ago)
Pennies aren’t even copper anymore. Zinc. Inflation will make the penny obsolete.
James Yuan (5 days ago)
What's the liberal agenda behind this?
LONNEY SMITH (5 days ago)
I have always wondered what the hell was the 9/10 of a cent always add to a gallon of gas?
Mediatech492 (6 days ago)
If I can put my two cents in (no pun intended). Here in Canada, we stopped using the penny several years ago, and nobody noticed. (Okay to be perfectly honest, the pun was entirely intended)
byron p (8 days ago)
One thing that always irks me about the argument that it costs x to make coin y and y is greater than x is that this ONLY makes sense if that coin is used once and only once. They are used millions of times over, making the manufacturing cost negligible. That said, fine, get rid of the penny.
John (8 days ago)
And they're buttheadz.
John (8 days ago)
If I had leaves, would i pick up every one? Or if they were money, would i pick up each one; not unless these buttheads r cutting down trees!
John (8 days ago)
they had 1 dollar up their butt, could not bend over.
annabelle lee (10 days ago)
I misread the title as 'penis', and that's why I clicked on the video and found this guy interesting, I ended up subscribing this channel...
Fred Mench (12 days ago)
Holly shit I detest pennies! Its like we are using sea shells in the stone age. Come one, get with the times. Carbon fiber is where it's at. Plasticwould be the same difference even cheaper.
Sir Percival (12 days ago)
nancy pelosi gives all illegals "folding money" !
Philip (12 days ago)
I'm glad my country got rid of the 1 Euro cent. It's completely worthless because you need at least 25-30 of them to buy the cheapest item in most grocery stores and most people pay by card anyway.
Dominique Odom (13 days ago)
Get a water jug Throw pennies in them along with all other spare change u dont need And then you go to cash for change exchange Like winco All that counting is done automatically You can buy groceries or even exchange that shit cash
jan rees (13 days ago)
Even in South Africa we've given up our 1c and 2c coins. Companies can still think they're fooling people into thinking a product is cheaper by charging 99.95 or 99.90 instead of 99.99. I don't actually know what the point of prices like that is because when I see a sign for something on sale for $99.99 I think cool, that item is on sale for a hundred dollars.
Ashooka Manuela (13 days ago)
why not collect pennies and convert them at a back? This is a complete waste of money
elizabeth vorobyova (17 days ago)
Participant broad though almost cool daily publish identification outcome
christopher pezzano (19 days ago)
Fun Factor Milford Massachusetts Man paid off his mortgage with ah carriage of 800 pounds of pennies 62-thousand imagine how he thought it out too pay final payment within the elements of surprise knowing anything is possible even for the penny!!!
christopher pezzano (19 days ago)
Wheat Pennies nor Indian Head Pennies can be worth more than oneself would believe nor think as WW2 1941 silver penny sold for ah cool million too ah coin collector & this penny was made silver due too the amount of copper needed for WW2 materials & 1917 red penny on the back VDF or VDR I believe are the Pennies designers intials & can be worth a lot too coin collectors the less that are inn circulation the more there worth!!!
guilherme siqueira (25 days ago)
Stay tuned for the next season of LastWeekTonight, Quarters.
guilherme siqueira (25 days ago)
1,7 cents to make it, but it's used multiple times innit?
Zoe Hardy (26 days ago)
3 years later and pennies are still a thing
UnYin99 (27 days ago)
I throw them out. I mean, if you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you save 'em and you roll them up you got yourself a dollar.
Melanin and Kisses (1 month ago)
"Ma'am your total is $15.34" Fuuucckk
Jory Jones (1 month ago)
Oliver joins the great minds, John Green, CPG Grey, in the death to pennies club.
C F (1 month ago)
There a video named death to pennies by c p u gray that’s like this
icetwo (1 month ago)
Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt, ist des Talers nicht wert
Milton Ramos (1 month ago)
Fuck the penny (FTP!!)
Alfy The Great (1 month ago)
Couldn’t they also just change the value and make it worth 2 pennies. P2
Jena Gom (1 month ago)
Yes but gas stations still charge in 9/10 of a penny.
Tomer Cohen (1 month ago)
Too bad EU keeps those worthless cents as well
Andrés Falcone (1 month ago)
We recently got rid of the $1 and $5 coins in Chile. (a Chilean peso is 0.14 US cents). Same arguments, same counter arguments. Now we round up or down cash payments to the nearest ten. Old coins can be changed at the bank. The world kept going as if nothing had happened and we no longer lose money by making money.
Roy Sfadia (1 month ago)
I wish he had pointed out that when they discontinued the half-cent in 1857, it was worth more than a dime is worth today!
YankeeSpirit (1 month ago)
Get rid of pennies and daylight savings time
Rainhard Ravenlaw (1 month ago)
Here in europe we fixed the cents/penny problem by mixing the copper with iron. So now it's exactly one of itself worth and is magnetic
Noble Blade (1 month ago)
Put Lincoln on a two dollar coin
Annie Johnson (1 month ago)
Two years ago a show could be about pennies, without ignoring the frightening behavior of the US administration. Times are... changing.
Norman Plombe (1 month ago)
Dangerous? Because a dog ate them? Jeez...where the hell is Ralph Nader when we so desperately need him to protect us and our best friends? Now...how will you protect pedestrians who slip and fall on dogshit?
J K (1 month ago)
essentially, Jarden makes anything you'd find left behind after a burglary!! HAHA
SER (1 month ago)
What about sales tax? Our state sales tax is 6%. So, if I buy something for $1, and there's no pennies, then it's going to cost me $1.10 instead of $1.06. That don't sound like much per transaction, but multiply that by the hundreds of thousands or millions of transactions every day, and that's a lot of money disappearing somewhere (somewhat like the plot of Superman 3). The only way to get rid of the penny is to change state tax codes to make all the tax rates divisible by 5.
R Scull (1 month ago)
Hey, leave Guy Fieri out of this
Fm86 (1 month ago)
If they got rid of the penny, the cost of a single Tootsie Roll would suddenly become unreasonably high simple due to the nickel being the lowest value currency. Sorry John but I think I just successfully refuted your whole argument.
TheMpkeaton (1 month ago)
Why are you, from England calling our one cent a penny, there is no American penny! The Mint does not call our American currency a penny we have a cent. Britain has pennies.
Moritz Korsch (1 month ago)
Definitely going to say the "I wish I knew what a penny looked like underwater" line the next time I am at a wishing well!
Andromeda Kai (1 month ago)
When I was leaving USA I spent an hour wondering around the airport and looking for a charity box I could dump my two pounds of change into. And I did, eventually. The workers watching me stuff their box with coins were quite perplexed.
Julio Herrera (1 month ago)
😂 now there's a Muppet movie
Angel R. (1 month ago)
5:30 my man jonh killing it
Jessikared97 (1 month ago)
I'd just like to point out that its 2018 now and we still have the penny.
Tara Gragg (1 month ago)
A hay penny more? So if there is a half a penny tax we are minus 1 cent in tax revenue? Asking because my state propsed a half a cent tax. What's next decimilation?
Graham Sutton (1 month ago)
M night shyamalan is laughing now after the release of SPLIT
Alex Homer (1 month ago)
sometimes it makes sense not to make cents...
Edward Owens (1 month ago)
Pennies are mostly zinc. They used to be 95% copper and 5% zinc and as far as the metals go are worth 2 cents when copper is over $3 a pound but would be treated as brass by scrap yards. There are quite a few idiots saving them hoping to cash in some day but they will only be getting contaminated copper price.
Reese Anderson (1 month ago)
First of all, feed your dog.
Nick Hollowdick (1 month ago)
African mud cookies
hollymatterson (1 month ago)
I disagree with Oliver here. I use pennies and getting rid of them would be in the favor of big businesses so they can screw us on change.
Keika (1 month ago)
Japan has aluminum 1 yen coins.
Hello? (1 month ago)
i choked on a penny when i was like 1, the story sounded scary but luckily i dont remember.
Grundle Munch (1 month ago)
Reddit is for faggots
Richard Perez (1 month ago)
I love pennys. I love having exact change.
Fancy Whale (1 month ago)
One time we bought a soda with refills for a dollar. My mom and I decided to empty our pockets and see if we had enough pennies to pay for it and we did (you never know what you might have in a purse);after counting we went to the guy and he looked terrified and said “are you sure it’s a dollar?” We affirmed and he asked a the other cashier and they ultimately gave us the refill without taking the pennies. It might have been a waste of time but it was very funny to see their reactions and was totally worth it 😂
Kris Wesselmann (1 month ago)
It takes 1 second to pick up a penny. That's a $36 per hour job.
Heather Wanamaker (1 month ago)
I like pennies. If I see them on the ground, I pick them up
Word Unheard (1 month ago)
I've been throwing pennies in the garbage, on the street, in parking lots, and down street gutters for about the past 15 years. I'm doing my part, because fuck pennies.
Mr Markley (1 month ago)
Jermaine Phillips (1 month ago)
Everyone who watched this video has, since that day, said some foul funny shit and then brushed their shoulders when the butt-hurt went audible 😎
Membraphonics (1 month ago)
I took all the pennies out of my pocket so fuck you Harry Potter
Alphasnowbordergirl (1 month ago)
Dude, I would have picked them up. Pennies add up
Word Unheard (1 month ago)
@Alphasnowbordergirl I have no social life, and I hate pennies. I'm so cold, Alpha. So alone. (´;︵;`)
Alphasnowbordergirl (1 month ago)
Why the attack on my social life? I'm a grad student.so yeah, I'm broke most of the time. Putting that aside, I just like collecting things and paying things in exact change I I can.
Word Unheard (1 month ago)
Yeah. You find a thousand of them, you've got yourself $10.00. And if the prospect of finding $10.00 in dirty pennies on the ground makes you happy, then you definitely need a man (or a woman) in your life.
Mark Loendorf Jr (1 month ago)
Change it to a 2 cent piece, problem solved.
C0SZMIC (1 month ago)
I wonder if anyone had bought $100 worth of pennies and waited to go to Walmart on Black Friday just to buy something completely useless just to be an asshole to the people behind him or her
Jason Patterson (1 month ago)
There are very good reasons to get rid of pennies. The best that I'm aware of is that they actually cost businesses money in terms of the time required to count and handle them in transactions and banking. However, the cost of manufacturing a penny is not a good reason. If pennies were single use or if their melt value were greater than one cent (for modern pennies, that's 0.6 cents, though for older 95% copper pennies it's 1.75 cents, which is why they are rapidly disappearing from circulation), then manufacturing cost would be more meaningful. However, pennies can be used hundreds of times and they last decades. A cheaper but equally durable penny would be better, but that's not available.
okaykid (1 month ago)
OLBICHL (1 month ago)
6:00 okay, here's an idea... stop making cent coins and round up the prices of goods to positive integers and save yourself the cost of it's manufacture, now give that money to charity... I bet with you that there will be enough money to get homeless people off the streets
Marshall Amador (2 months ago)
In Brazil it was the paper R$1 that was expensive to make so they made more coins of it and discontinued the paper (it's the largest coin we have, size wise)
Athalon304 (2 months ago)
I went to UNC Charlotte. They deserved every second of that penny counting even they weren't involved with the fine. ALSO, parking spaces at UNCC were around $430 when I was there so he probably got a quarter of one but it would have been given to some visitor with a day pass.
Kevin Lindsay (2 months ago)
I liked the new muppets
G. Waldmeister (2 months 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 (2 months 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
long lost (2 months ago)
I throw away pennies
Beta Maxis (2 months ago)
Thanks for pointing out that paying in pennies just screws over the innocent workers and nobody else.
Eric (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Oliver has been roasting Bill Cosby for like 4 years now lol.
Steely Cent (2 months ago)
John brushing his shoulders off might be the cringiest thing ive seen in a looooong time.
Ewart Smith (2 months ago)
Watching in 2018? Just noticed the class ring.
tekblade (2 months ago)
Ass penny joke is a ripoff of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
nies1348 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
What about pressed pennies though :(
Toon Nex (2 months ago)
Canada dumped the penny before hand
Christy Hardy (2 months ago)
Agamemnon Butterscotch (2 months ago)
Is the tenth of a cent charge on gasoline ten times stupider?
Agamemnon Butterscotch (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
we got rid of the Canadian penny YEARS ago !!!!
Oh you didn’t Know (2 months ago)
Pennies piss me off
Hunter 'Man Of' Steele (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Pennies are my childhood 😡
Tommy Fletcher (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Literally when I drop a penny I just keep on walking. the ONLY purpose they serve is feeding coinstar machines.

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