Not in Mint Condition

20 Responses to Not in Mint Condition

  1. themarvelousinnature says:

    It’s amazing that copper theft has become enough of a problem that they actually have to erect signs. Copper, of all things.

  2. lavenderbay says:

    That’s what I thought! There are discarded pennies littering sidewalks and roads, free for the taking.

  3. Gina says:

    We had a major copper theft problem a few months back but it seems to be better lately. Maybe signs like that will help.

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Maybe they will, Gina. I wonder if anyone down the Viscosis’ way has figured out how to translate No-smoking signs into squirrel language?

  5. Shelley says:

    You do know how copper wire was invented don’t you?

    Two Scots fighting over a penny 😉

  6. lavenderbay says:

    Well, Shelley, I hadn’t heard that, and I have some Scottish blood, and I can tell you… that’s pretty funny!

  7. goodbear says:

    i don’t know about you guys, but….when i see this sign….i want to steal it!

  8. Don’t waste your effort, Goodbear. That sign has no value — except as a tclever Wordless Wednesday post. ;-}


  9. lavenderbay says:

    It’s a nice thick steel one, Goodbear, and I too think it has a “don’t step over this line” feel to it. Guess I’ll have to read up on copper theft to see why anyone would risk scrambling over a chain-link fence into a high-voltage area for some metal scraps, when two snips with a pair of wire cutters would get them this nice shiny sign.

    Actually, Bobbie, if you lay it over a cement block and carefully tapped away at it with a hammer until you’ve got a right angle, it would make a great bookend.

    Thanks, everyone, for your input!

  10. lavenderbay says:

    Postscript: Base metals have dramatically increased in values over the decade. A pound of copper, which was worth 80 cents in 2001, currently goes for four dollars.
    One needs only 193 Canadian pennies to make up a pound (454 g) , which would suggest that they’re worth twice as much to the scrap dealer as to the convenience store owner. However, as Canadian pennies contain less than 5% copper (they’re mostly steel) , we can assume that Piggy is still safe for now.

  11. Well sure, the copper in that station has no value, at least until you sell it … 😉

  12. lavenderbay says:

    Hmmm… I guess you don’t believe a word it says on a nutritional content label, either?

  13. Tony says:

    I love Shelley’s Scots joke.
    I remember hearing about a man who died trying to steel copper wire from an electric train line. It’s not something a sane person would do. maybe he was railroaded into it.

  14. lavenderbay says:

    Well g’day, Tony, and welcome to my comments section! Nice to have you drop in and add your two cents’ worth to this unusually electrifying WW discussion.
    BTW, regarding your story: *groan*.

  15. Alyson says:

    Poor thing probably has no self esteem either.

  16. lavenderbay says:

    Woo, the poor little copper! And I suppose its greatest manifestation of the accompanying depression would be metal fatigue?

  17. lavenderbay says:

    (Welda people one meets around here…)

  18. How did I miss this? I wonder if the obtained the copper for free seeing that it has no value at all.

  19. lavenderbay says:

    It really begs the question, doesn’t it, Urban Thought? 🙂

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