And I thought I was the only one who did this!
My reasoning is slightly different, though. 'Round these parts, there is a saying in which I have personally put little stock, but seems to be known by most:
Find a penny, pick it up,
All day long you'll have good luck.
I know, I know. This has got to be one of the lamest things ever spoken by a primate. I mean, if you're going to have an unreasonable belief in something, why not pick true love? I don't believe in this penny thing at all, and I won't even get into the great aesthetic sins committed by the phrase.
But still, if I can bring a tiny piece of happiness to the soul of some fellow, if very slightly dim, human being, give them the belief that the universe is on their side for a moment, well, I think that's worth one cent. I agree that nickels are missing the point. But I disagree that pennies are worthless. I've been one penny short of exact change too many times to let that statement pass without comment.