Kroger to stop giving customers change due to shortage caused by pandemic

Andrew Cummings
July 15, 2020

So, okay, one more temporary hitch in our giddy-up, we're getting pretty used to those.

The change shortage the Treasury talked about last month is widening. When asked if the Kroger in Westlake is no longer giving out coin change, the manager on duty said today he was not at liberty to say.

Be aware some local businesses may need exact change or electronic payments.


"Currently our stores are collecting donations for the Zero Hunger/Zero Waste Foundation by allowing customers to round up their order total to the next dollar", McGee stated. For customers that choose not to donate, our cashiers will load the coin value due back through their loyalty card. "We are asking customers to use debit or credit cards as much as they can for transactions", Ruffner said.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on June 17 that 'The places where you go to give your coins, and get credit at the store and get cash - you know, folding money - those have not been working, ' according to the Washington Post.

Also, to protect workers from COVID-19, the U.S. Mint reduced the production of coins.


In a news release, the Federal Reserve said that the coronavirus pandemic "has significantly disrupted the supply chain and normal circulation patterns for USA coin" over the past few months'.

No, this move has nothing to do with the fact that coins tend to be dirty (although Numismatic News confirms that they are very dirty indeed) and everything to do with the fact that coins are now the approximately 3 billion and sixth item that the U.S.is suffering a shortage of at present.


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