Every time Scott and I go to the supermarket, we have to walk by a CoinStar machine. We witness people dumping their change in and getting a slip for their time and effort. It looks sort of fun from afar.
We tried to take the plunge last night, bringing 2 nut jars worth of pennies, and a larger jar with all sorts of pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters, guitar picks and various other coin sized objects. We waited and waited while the person using the machine had some serious issues. The thing was jammed twice while we waited, finally we decided to take our haul back to the car and just go shopping.
Tonight we went back to the CoinStar machine. We waited while a young couple disposed of some change (almost $100 worth) and then it was our turn.
This was the dirtiest way to handle money. You have to dump your coins in a hopper and gently keep nudging the coins into the receptacle. Half the coins are being counted and half of the coins are coming out of the CoinStar poop shoot. I had to keep scooping the rejected coins up and toss them back into the hopper. Totally gross. My hands were so black, greasy, germy, and slimy after this.
I glanced at the station next to the machine with the Purrell antibacterial goop and wondered what kind of person could go through all this nastiness and then be sated by some alcohol lotion? I couldn't touch anything on my personal person and headed straight to the loo with my arms far from my body, where I washed my hands 3 times before I felt my skin again.
That was so disgusting.
I prefer to roll my coins the old fashioned way in the comfort of my home where I have access to soap and water anytime I need it.