What’s the worst way to spend six months? In a prison? On a desert island? Locked in an elevator? How about counting 1,200,000,000 pennies? Sounds boring? Well that was the fate of one poor banker when a family tried to cash in an eccentric relative’s inheritance.
The German family were surprised when the relative, who had worked as a trucker, left them a surprise inheritance. No one had known that he had spent his life collecting these pennies. Nor did they realise just how much he had collected. To give a sense of scale – 1.2 million pennies weighs 5,500 pounds or 2.5 tonnes. Even though 1.2 million pennies weighs a buttload and would be awkward as hell to do anything with, it is still legal tender and the family chose to cash the inheritance in. It was, after all, worth about $9000 or £7000 so why not cash it in?
Unfortunately for one unlucky banker, this meant someone had to count it. Normally a machine could take care of the job but many of these coins had rusted together and no machine could do it. Nope, this was going to be a job for a human. The banker in question was adamant that it didn’t bother him, telling reporters,
“I quite enjoy doing such things, so in that sense it wasn't a problem.”
Yeah sure. We think he said this because there was no polite and professional way to say, “F*CK WHOEVER MADE ME DO THIS.”
Seriously though, can you imagine having to sit around counting 1.2 million pennies!? That has to be the most brutally boring job ever, and we would bet that this poor guy definitely did something to piss his co-workers off.
Still, we’re glad the family got the money!