John Oliver Explains Why We Should Dump the Penny on ‘Last Week Tonight’


Here’s a clip from last night’s Last Week Tonight, where John Oliver explains why it’s time for the United States Mint to stop making pennies. Not only do pennies cost more to make than what they’re worth, but it’s currently legal for businesses to reject payment in pennies from customers. “So come on, let’s dump the penny,” Oliver says. “Not cause we need to, not cause it will change a great deal, but because there are certain things we know are impossible to get rid of – terrorism, herpes, and Guy Fieri – but the penny is a nuisance we could actually do something about.”