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Hate getting stuck
August 20, 2013 - Jim Smith
Someone last week stuck me with a Canadian quarter.
While I have nothing against Canada, I don't want its coinage, especially since it's actually not worth 25 cents and won't work in any coin-operated vending machines. In fact, people have the right to refuse foreign money trying to be used for U.S. services, debts, payment, etc.
Getting stuck with a Canadian coin means I either have to eat it or stick someone else with it, neither of which I would prefer to do.
Years and years ago, we took a drive through part of Canadian, staying one night at a lakeside motel before crossing back into the U.S. at Niagara Falls.
Since we only planned to cut across Canada, I did not exchange any U.S. currency for Canadian currency, which means every time I paid for anything with U.S. money I was charged the exchange rate (which then was heavily in Canada's favor) and a "service charge" of 10 percent for the seller taking my U.S. money. The bottom line I was getting about 68 cents Canadian for every U.S. dollar I spent.
I've never forgotten how I was ripped off by the "service charge" and hence today loath being given Canadian coinage. Yes, I hold a grudge for a long, long, long time!
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