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A Penny for Your Lunch?

For anyone who still thinks that pennies are worth saving (and haven’t yet been convinced by Dubner’s and others’ arguments), now there’s a reason to stop using them altogether: they might get you in trouble at school. NBC10 local news reports that 29 eighth-graders were given two days of detention after using only pennies to pay for their $2 lunches. The school superintendent reportedly punished the children for “holding up their peers and disrespecting lunch aides” — apparently he hadn’t thought to collect the coins for display at Rockefeller Center.