Pennies: Worth Some Luck, but That’s About It

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

The penny press machine I saw last weekend made me laugh. It sat in a corner of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas, looking lonely and unused. I wondered: Why does it cost 51 cents to flatten a penny? What’s the extra cent for? Actually, what’s the extra 50 cents for? It’s just like the “dollar store” or the “penny candy” store. You’re lucky if you can buy a sweet treat for a quarter in a penny candy store. Sigh.

While on my way out of the Hyatt, I crossed through Union Station and stumbled across a heads-up penny on the railroad tracks. I picked it up and put it in a special pocket in my purse. A penny might not buy me much, but it might bring me some luck.