The world we live in is the world we ride in. To help take good care of it, we have decided to eliminate pennies from our stores.
For all cash transactions where pennies would have been used, we will be rounding down in favor of the customer to the nearest nickel. You might wonder why we might want to do this? The answer is simple, it's good for the environment and good for business:
Making pennies wastes natural resources & is toxic to people and the environment - Pennies are 3% copper, and 97% zinc and are primarily made from virgin ore. Making pennies from zinc means and copper means mining for those materials. Red Dog Mine, which is the largest zinc mine in the US is by far the #1 polluter on the EPA's list, because of large quantities of heavy-metal and lead rich mining tailings. The process of refining both metals can release sulfur dioxide (SO2), lead and zinc into the environment.
Pennies are worth less than CA minimum wage - pennies are so worthless now that it doesn't even pay the California Minimum Wage of $8/hour to pick them up off the street.