While stumbling around the internet this evening, I came across this site: www.sendmepennies.com.
The premise: A guy has a dream: to walk into a bank or a store and purchase something for $10,000 with pennies. That's a lot of pennies. That's 1,000,000 pennies. One Million. But he doesn't want to use all of his own pennies - so he starts a website and asks people to give him a penny. Just one penny. More, if you like, but all he's asking for is one penny, via Paypal or snailmail.
The progress: So far, he's collected 97,167 pennies. While that's not a million, it's a lot of pennies.
The funny part: He posts comments that people send him regarding his venture. Many praise him for his funny/quirky/ingenious idea, and state that they have sent or they are sending him a penny. More than a few, however, criticize him for "stealing" peoples' money, being lazy, selfish, greedy, insensitive, etc etc. The list does go on. My favourite quote:
sounds like a spam to me. you have no address,phone no. or charity id #. i have contacted the FBI to see if you are legal.
Mmhmm... First of all, that would be a "scam", not a "spam". Second of all, he's very forthright - he wants people to send him money, so that he can buy something. He's not claiming he'll give it away to charity. He's not telling people they're buying anything by giving him money.
People leave comments talking about the starving children in Africa and the lost and abandoned children, they talk about money that should go to the families of dead soldiers... While they are all worthy causes, what is a penny worth to us? Personally, I hate pennies. When I'm vacuuming the stairs and I find a penny, I try to vacuum it up or I toss it in the garbage. So why not just toss it in an envelope and send it out to this guy who has a fun idea? There once was a time when I was in elementary school when projects like this were encouraged - writing companies for free things, starting chain letters asking for other letters or for stamps or for something else worth collecting... What's wrong with a project like this? I think it's fun. Check out the website, it's kind of a fun adventure.