When I was in high school, my friends and I were perpetually broke. We had penny-pinched our meager paychecks from our summer jobs to scrounge up the cash for a car, but we’d neglected to factor in the “cost of ownership.” To pay for gas, my friends and I frequently “couch dove” for chump change [back when a couple of dollars could buy you a few gallons of gas], often approaching gas station attendants with approximately 5lbs of pennies in hand.
Well there’s a man in Ohio who makes us look like we were a bunch of John D. Rockefeller’s.
According to report by Cincinnati Ohio’s Local 6 news, on Tuesday, James Jones bought a new Chevy Silverado with 16 coffee cans filled with change. After incredulous dealership employees painstakingly counted all the coins, the coffee cans were found to hold a total of $16,000. James apparently paid for the remaining balance of the truck by personal check.
At 70 years old, Jones’ is old enough to have experienced the Great Depression first hand and according to his son, Dennis, has never trusted banks with his money.
[Source: Local 6 News]