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Coin shortage update: Bank is back to rationing quarters, only exchanging one roll at a time. Landlord is *finally* looking at switching the laundry room to a card system.

A coin shortage seems oddly specific, and the first time I encountered the limit, I wondered if people were deliberately hoarding them. Then I saw an article pointing out that it's simpler than that: people just aren't out spending cash, so coins aren't circulating and aren't making it back to banks.

I assume the laundry machine service charges more to rent the debit card systems. Every big apartment complex I've lived in used one, but the small building I live in now has been quarter-based since we moved in.

Back to the coin thing, though: I was reading that some restaurants are doing things like offering a free bag of chips or a free soda instead of change when people pay cash, because it's easier to restock chips than coins.

Oh hey, here's Forbes back in July saying Well, actually, it's not really a coin *shortage*, it's a *circulation disruption*.

forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/

And yeah, at a high level, you need different strategies to resolve an actual shortage of something vs. a distribution issue. But down at the "I need clean clothes" level it doesn't make a lot of difference.

@KelsonV All these complications are unheard of in Finland. Maybe the #pesutupa arrangements can teach something across the pond?

@KelsonV Interesting. I haven't noticed this where I live yet, but I expect it's coming.

From a privacy point of view though, I can't wait to get back to using cash once there's a vaccine in wide circulation.

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if it's regional.

@KelsonV - what if it's because the FBI is running out of places to get DNA samples from in sting operations because people don't lick stamps, and they've stopped using paper money, and so they're trying to get DNA now by coins. Maybe they're trying to get YOUR DNA by trying to get you to go to the bank! Does the FBI want your DNA?

@robla Honestly, it seems like there are easier things they could do for that

@KelsonV - I don't know how careful you are with your DNA, though. I wonder if the coins that my bank collects are covered under CCPA - resources.workable.com/hr-term

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