A Spare Change Change
Rita Pollard, who co-owns Steamboat Landing in Bass Harbor, Maine, with her husband Bain, has noticed a decrease in business at the gas station and convenience store. “There’s not much going on. We’re here: we’ve got the screen up,” she told the Mount Desert Islander, referring to a plexiglass window above the register.
Regulations allow only five customers to be in the store at a time, but Pollard said, “We’ve only reached that limit once.” In past years, Pollard said April is when things usually pick up at the small store. Comparing last April to this April, she said, “We’ve done half the business.”
Besides the lack of customers, Pollard has noticed one other change, literally. “We have a lot of extra change,” Pollard said, referring to nickels, dimes and quarters. “A number of people won’t take it.”
This may be because, according to the National Institute of Health, coronavirus can remain stable for hours or days on various surfaces. Pollard said the customer’s loss becomes the Hancock County SPCA’s gain, as she drops all spare change into a can she keeps on the counter.