Canadian mint blunders again
Posted Wed May 02, 2012 11:32 AM
So every time they make a change, its years before all the machines get fixed to accommodate them then its a matter of time and it has to start all over again. Sure puts a bite into business owners both out of pocket and out conveniences.
Then some genius up there decides we need glow in the dark money. Why is that I wonder, so we can find it in the dark and get pissed when it doesn't work in a machine?
Just wondering if folks in the USA have this constant problem or not.
Posted Wed May 02, 2012 11:48 AM
Posted Wed May 02, 2012 11:50 AM
Posted Wed May 02, 2012 09:25 PM
I've used Canadian change when buying stuff in person tho.
But Americans typically get what they want in terms of currency. They've been trying to push $1 coins for years. Americans just don't like 'em. Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, etc....they tried to push that Sacagawea hard. Nobody cared for it. We want our paper dollars, and dammit, we'll unelect anyone who takes 'em away!
Posted Wed May 02, 2012 11:36 PM
Posted Thu May 03, 2012 02:17 AM
And I cannot believe that the US still sticks with paper notes. Over here in australia we have had plastic notes for years and they are a whole lot better than paper notes. If a plastic note goes through the washing machine, at least you can still use it and of course its also very hard to conterfeite.
Posted Thu May 03, 2012 05:10 AM
Then of course one would think that they would have the decency to let folks know ahead of time...wrong...nope...business owners find out for themselves...the hard way. The head of the mint denies all this of course saying "they can't get in contact with everyone" ...huhhhh. with the internet and so much high speed information systems out there? Yeah right dude. I doubt letting the populace in on your blunder would have not taken long at all. Either that or hold back releasing the coins till folks can make arrangements.
Posted Thu May 03, 2012 09:57 AM
Except for the Canadian quarter. We seem intent on having so many different variations of it in circulation that you almost can't tell what the base model is. I think that's part of the reason that we can use American quarters so readily here - I've been in the States trying to buy something and the clerks simply won't accept the single Canadian quarter that got mixed in accidentally.
I definitely see what you're saying about the machines though. Noticeably with the recent push for "self-checkout" machines in grocery stores, the new $100 and $50 bills won't work. Apparently the new $20 will be out soon as well, which will really cripple those machines. I don't generally run into issues with coins, but now that you mention it I ran into an issue paying for parking a couple of weeks back and couldn't figure out why the machines wouldn't accept my twonie. Now I know why. Now I'm especially pissed about the ticket I got for not putting enough money in the meter.
Posted Thu May 03, 2012 10:03 AM
Posted Thu May 03, 2012 10:24 AM
I'm not sure about all meters, but the ones here in Calgary have two ticketing levels. It's a $70 ticket for "parking illegally" if you don't pay at all and a $30 ticket for "meter ran out", so they typically give you the cheaper ticket in this instance. I've mentioned similar things in the past, and their response is simply that most meters accept credit cards now so there is no excuse (except for those of us without credit cards).
Posted Mon May 07, 2012 08:29 AM
Posted Wed May 09, 2012 06:41 AM