Last Week Tonights tackles a problem that few will address — seriously, why the fuck do we use pennies? The answer? No one knows. Pennies cost more to make than what they’re worth and it’s currently legal for businesses to reject payment in pennies from customers. They’re money that no one wants. Even if you just toss them on the street.
“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.”