Tag: Coins

What do women’s pockets and men’s wallets have in common?

We’ve just spent the day wandering around beautiful temples in Bangkok, Thailand, and, after seeing numerous signs warning against pickpockets today, am glad to say that I’ve arrived back at the hotel with my wallet, which I’ve been carrying in a hard-to-reach part of my bag all day.

It’s always been a source of frustration to me that most women’s clothes, including even business trousers, don’t have pockets. Jeans are often the only clothes that reliably have pockets (even then, not all do), but most women’s wallets are too large to fit in a pocket anyway.

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Why should I pick up pennies?

‘Look after the pennies, and the pounds will take care of themselves’ my grandmother used to say. But perhaps you’ve heard the old story that if Bill Gates sees $100 on the ground, it will cost him more to bend down and pick it up than to keep on walking?

It’s the same kind of logic used to justify domestic services:

‘I earn $30 an hour. Why should I clean my own house when I can pay someone else $15 to do it?’

On the surface, this seems to make (financial) sense – You earn $30, give half to the cleaner or the lawn mower, and still come out with a profit.

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