|Wegmans coin-counting machine in the self-checkout|
It's not that people will count your coins. It's the self-checkout machines. Unlike most similar machines, these just have a bowl where you can pour loose change. The machine sorts them into pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. No service charge. No hassle pushing them coin-by-coin into a slot.
This may mean nothing to many people, but it can be great if you dump your change in a bowl like I do each night. I don't want to pay a fee to CoinStar, and I cringe every time that I stall an entire line by trying to pay a human cashier with piles of dimes and nickels.
The solution: I carry a bunch of coins into Wegmans and grab an item or two off the shelves. Then a self-check by pouring all my change into the machine. Seven dollars, 10 dollars, even more, they just get swallowed up, automatically counted, and then credited against my purchase. I close out with a credit card or a few dollar bills. At most, I trade a pocket heavy with metal for a few coins.
Then I wheel back into the store -- with my purchases bagged with the receipt -- lighter and a few dollars ahead of the game.