Don’t empty your piggy bank for purchases in Canada
If you’re shopping in Canada, don’t expect cashiers to accept stacks of coins as your sole method of payment. According to Canada’s Currency Act, stores can legally refuse excessive amounts of coins. The Act places limits on how many pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and toonies can be used in a single sales transaction. With pennies, for example, a customer’s payment may be rejected if they try to use more than 25 one-cent coins at one time. But don’t think that if you bring buckets of coins to the cash, you’ll be off the hook for the payment. You will still have to pay up – so avoid the embarrassment in line and stock your wallet with bills, credit or debit cards.
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