Chick-fil-A location offers free food in exchange for coins

Coins: US experiencing national coin shortage
Emeh Joy

As the United States is now experiencing a national coin shortage, businesses are being forced to get creative. One Chick-fil-A location needs coins so badly that it is offering free food for them.

The store is offering its customers a $10 bill, and a coupon for a free entree in exchange for every $10 they bring in coins.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant, which is located near Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, wrote in a Facebook post, "Help prevent (Chick-fil-A) from going cashless".

The promotion which is fairly limited is offered from 9 am to 11 am on Wednesday, July 29 although the store while replying to a comment on the post said it looks forward to offering the promotion again.

Another Chick-fil-A location in Huntsville, Alabama, offered a similar promotion last week. However, it is not a nationwide offer as each Chick-fil-A restaurant is individually owned, the company said.

But, this shows that businesses are indeed struggling to have their cash registers filled with coins in the States.

In other places in the country, retailers such as CVS and Wawa have warned that customers might not be able to receive coins as change if they pay using cash. Also, a bank in Wisconsin launched a Coin Buy-Back Program that pays people for their spare coins.

According to the Federal Reserve, the pandemic interrupted the normal flow of coins through the economy as so many people had to stay back at home, shopping online and to avoid physical contact with currency thus, causing the coin shortage.

The US Mint asked Americans last week to help out with the issue by spending their coins or having them returned to coin collection kiosks.

The Mint in a release said, "The coin supply problem can be solved with each of us doing our part".

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