Kids these days…

In: Personal

25 Sep 2003

Just today, I was waiting in the queue for the bus when the secondary school girl (probably 14 years of age) who was behind me in the queue dropped a coin. I think it was a 20 cent (the currency is the Singapore Dollar) coin. And she didn’t pick it up. I’m pretty sure she’d noticed it, and it is easily within reach if she just bent down. She wasn’t carrying anything that would inconvenience her picking up the coin. She just stared at it for a moment and then promptly ignored it as she whipped out her Nokia 8310 handphone and started pressing the buttons.

I remember back when a 10 cent coin used to matter (10 cents could get you 3 sweets), not to mention a 20 cent coin. In fact I’d pick it up if I dropped it, now. Why not? Should anyone feel embarassed to pick up a 20 cent coin? No. Should a 20 cent coin have so little value that it isn’t worth the effort to pick it up when dropped? Not yet (at least until inflation gets real high). I realize I’m being critical of the young lady without giving her the benefit of the doubt, but I make no excuse for that.

8 Responses to Kids these days…



September 25th, 2003 at 2pm

20 cents ? what is the currency ?


Cheah Chu Yeow

September 25th, 2003 at 3pm

Oh I forgot to mention that – the currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD). Updated entry to reflect that.



September 25th, 2003 at 6pm

Just FYI to the American readers: 20 Singapore cents is equal to about 12¢ in US money — roughly a dime.

I see dimes on the ground from time to time, and I pick all of them up and put them in my pocket.



September 25th, 2003 at 7pm

I’d still pick it up. At the very least, it would find a home in my car’s change tray ;).



September 26th, 2003 at 12pm

I think the penny (Canadian dollar) is about the only unit of currency not worth picking up. Everything up to $2 is a coin here, so most are fairly valuable.



September 26th, 2003 at 12pm

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September 28th, 2003 at 3am

Are you kidding me?! I pick up pennies I see on the ground, dude.

Every cent counts. :D



April 30th, 2004 at 6am

I do NOT get this story!Like,DUDE!!20 cents in da past could get u sumtin,but it aint gonna get u diddlysqat now!

P.S.Awsome nickname,Dude!