Texas Man Deposits $816 (In Pennies)
Now, when you think of someone doing something involving a lot of pennies, the first thing you think of is a spiteful payment of a bet or punishment for bad customer service. This could be classified as "lovable old person doing old person things". Like saving pennies for 65 years and then bringing 500 pounds of them to the bank to put in your account.
From KCBD in Lubbock, TX:
Ira Keys hasn't spent a penny since he was 17 years old, because of advice his father gave him.
"He says, 'Whatever you do son, save your money,'" Keys said. "Back when I started in '52, I didn't have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them."
Kari Lewis, a personal banker at Prosperity Bank, said she has never seen anything like Keys' collection before. It took employees over an hour to count the collection of about 81,600 pennies.
"We ended up with $816 in pennies," Lewis said. "Not a typical day at the bank, at all."
But that's not all of Keys' penny stash.
"I'm going to build a room divider and have pennies all in it," he said, "the shiny ones."
But Keys hasn't forgotten his father's lesson. He still plans to keep his piggy bank full.
"It's just a habit I've got into, and habits are hard to break sometimes," Keys said, "but I don't think I'll have this many when I cash them in again."
In case you were wondering, Ira made about $12.55 a year -- or $1.04 a month -- with his literal penny pinching.