Coins only!

It’s rerun time! I figured there’s mainly reruns on TV right now, oh and I’m having just a smidge of blogger’s block lately, so I’m posting a repeat of one of my favs! Trust me, it’s much better than the new post I was attempting. And as a bonus, I’m betting it’s a new post for most people who happen to come across my blog. :-)

Anyhoo, enjoy…


coins only

Not an actual toll road sign but it ought to be

Apparently, all kinds of items besides (valid) coins are found in toll road coin hoppers (the basket thingees where you throw your change to pay your toll).

I have compiled a list–on very good authority I might add–for the morons out there who don’t seem to grasp the true meaning of “Coins only.”

“Coins only” means — Coins ONLY, and NO —

  • condoms (packaged or used)
  • fuses
  • bullets/casings
  • safety pins
  • nails
  • lockets
  • earrings
  • rings
  • fake/foreign coins (paper or Chuck E. Cheese’s like)
  • paper money (real or fake)
  • firecrackers
  • gummy bears
  • nuts/bolts/screws (obviously the morons don’t want to lose anymore of these)
  • washers
  • bottle caps
  • turn signals
  • reflectors
  • ears (real or costume)
  • eye drops
  • “tobacco” rolling papers
  • clown (?) noses
  • mints
  • jolly ranchers
  • tongue depressors / popsicle sticks
  • whistles
  • keys
  • pantyhose
  • necklaces
  • pipes/tubes
  • money clips
  • watches
  • fishing hooks/lures
  • guitar picks
  • golf tees
  • dog tags
  • buttons
  • dice
  • fingernails (real or fake)
  • condiment packets
  • medals
  • drug capsules (OTC, prescription, illegal, whatever)
  • lighters
  • locks
  • drug vials
  • puppies

–kd

21 thoughts on “Coins only!”

  1. That reminds me of the saying “There’s no such thing as a free puppy”.
    The Chuck E. Cheese tokens and foreign coins reminded me of when I first started collecting foreign coins. A veteran collector told me I should take a dozen doughnuts to my bank once a week or so and the tellers would set aside any odd or foreign coins they found. Needless to say this was a very different time when people actually went to the bank.

    1. And a time when you could still “bribe by donuts.” Do donuts still work, I wonder? I guess I wouldn’t know. The only way I could be similarly bribed is with a gluten free cupcake, or maybe a GF brownie would do the trick too. Mmmm… brownies…

  2. I’m dying to know what your “good authority” is. Have you had the pleasure of collecting money (and other items) from those baskets for a job, or is it just your own observations from when you throw coins in yourself? Did someone really leave a puppy?!

    1. Fair questions (and probably what I’d ask if I read this on someone else’s blog). You could say I work in the industry, more on the business side of things, and I get to hear all kinds of stories from those closer to all the (sometimes crazy) action. Someone really left a puppy but thankfully it was a happy ending with one of the employees giving the pup a home. :-)

      1. Oh and years ago I did get to work in a toll booth for about an hour. I was only handed money (and probably lots of germs but at least no one tried to pay with a condom or puppy). Gave me a whole new appreciation for the toll collector. That is NOT an easy job.

        1. When I was pregnant the first time a toll taker on the Oakland Bay Bridge, which I crossed everyday to and from work, asked me to hold out my hand. He had a thick African accent, so I was intrigued and did it. He touched my palm and told me I would be having a baby boy. Too bad he was wrong! Yes, I was one of those holdouts who drives everyone else crazy by not finding out the sex of the baby until it’s born.

  3. Funny you should mention the writers block because I too have been feeling uninspired and unfunny for days now. I may have to dust off a few of my earliest posts as well (thank for the idea!). Anyway, perhaps your helpful list should be printed off, laminated and posted at each toll booth. It could help. Maybe. Oh, and for whatever crazy reason, when I saw the word “vials” my brain registered “vulvas” which doesn’t seem that odd compared to the rest of the things on your list.

    1. I’m sure this list here is not inclusive. Pretty sure many many many other strange objects have been retrieved. Here’s hoping no one has ever, or ever will, come across a vulva. I’m betting there would be an interesting story behind that vulva though!

  4. Many of those items are worth more than the tolls I have ever gone through. Where the hell do you live that people would rather give up a necklace or a drug vial versus the $4 toll. And eww for the fingernails and pantyhose.

    1. I HOPE most of these items were thrown in the hopper by accident. I know I wouldn’t want to step foot in these people’s vehicles. Oh don’t mind the dirty pantyhose, the fingernails, the condoms.

  5. I realise that I’m probably missing the entire point of the blog here but, ‘drug vials’?

    Is that spelled differently over in ‘Murica like a lot of other words?

    In UK English, it’s ‘phials’. I ask purely out of curiosity, and not at all because I’m a grammar nazi arsehole. Honest.

    1. I’ve never seen “phials” (well until now). I didn’t realiZe that was the spelling in UK English. Oh and it’s not like I have a lot of knowledge about drug vials/phials. Really! So there’s that too. :-)

  6. OMG, you’ve given me some great ideas of how to pay our new bridge toll (when the time comes). OUr proposed bridge which will replace the ancient tunnel, will likely cost $4 one way. We here in West Coast Canada, only charge for new bridges and then they over charge, therefore I shall try the free puppies. If that doesn’t work, then the condom packet or was it the condiment? Anyway, thanks for the great alternatives to coins :)

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