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Should the penny be discontinued?

(WFLX) - New fuel for a debate that's been raging for years: Should the country get rid of the penny?

One store in Vermont thinks so. It's gone ahead and taken them out of its cash drawers. When making a sale, the cashier rounds the change to the nearest nickel in the customer's favor.

Some business leaders say all the time spent counting coins and making change is inefficient for companies, but not for charities. "We survive on the nickels and dimes and pennies," said Captian Bill Thompson with Salvation Army.

Salvation Army officials worry less change in the customer's pockets could mean less in the kettles at Christmas-time.

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