Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dollar coins belong in pirate’s chest

The deal is supposed to be simple: If I insert a $10 bill for a $2 item, the machine coughs up eight bucks in return. So why are the MBTA Charlie Card machines dumping out Chuck E. Cheese’s tokens?

I usually pay my subway fares with a credit card, so I was stunned when the machine at Alewife went into jackpot mode and dispensed a handful of golden one-dollar coins. My change included some Sacagaweas - the tribute to that gorgeous tour guide of the Lewis and Clark expedition - and some obscure U.S. presidents who usually only get mentioned on “Jeopardy!”

My first reaction: Skee-Ball, anyone? I may as well try to give a cashier . . .

Full story at: Boston Herald

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