Just came back from two great weeks in the US visiting the in-laws. A week in Tampa, FL and a week in NYC.
Naturally in both I spent a large sum of money (and due to some anti-fraud thing, my bank barred me from using my card at the merchant so I was using ATMs a lot), and ended up with a pocket weighed down with a fistful of loose change.
In the UK most of this is readily spendable on cheap things like snacks or you can put down the silver as part of the bill or tip in a restaurant. But whenever I tried to do this in the US, all the nearby Americans were horrified and were astounded I’d even think of attempting to pay in any coinage.
The only thing they said they use their money on is keeping the quarters for launderettes in NYC, but otherwise it seems to be entirely useless. Do people just save it up and take it to those counting machines?
Also, paper $1 bills are bloody annoying. Get some satisfying, solid coinage already!