PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Every time you go to the store amid the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like something has changed. First, there was the toilet paper shortage, then the ground beef and chicken shortage. Now we’ve entered the days of coin, lumber, paper towels, and appliance shortages. The coin shortage has become so common that Giant Eagle has switched some registers to card payments only, and Walmart would prefer you pay with plastic. The nationwide coin shortage has been brought on by fewer people shopping, and the U.S. Mint slowing its production due to limited staffing. The result? Fewer coins circulating and cash drawers running dry. Sheetz has more than 600 stores and has not reached a point where it cannot make change for its customers. But it’s getting tight and Sheetz’s Nick Ruffner says they’re asking customers for help. “We’re asking people to use debit and credit cards as much as possible. They can also donate their coins to Sheetz for the Kids, which is our employee-run charity that helps kids that are underprivileged have a brighter holiday season,” said Ruffner. Ruffner says the donated coins will be put into their system and a check written to the charity…. Read full this story
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