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.
Oh hey, here's Forbes back in July saying Well, actually, it's not really a coin *shortage*, it's a *circulation disruption*.
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.
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.