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Coin fun in Baillieston

A few months ago I noticed some slightly odd behaviour around the pedestrian crossing in the middle of Baillieston Main Street.

People crossing the road were stopping half way across, and kicking the road, while others even got down on their knees for a moment.

Curiosity got the better of me back then, and I followed one of these groups as they crossed the road – and learned that they were all being tempted by a tiny 5 p coin embedded in the tarmac. This had been rolled flat into the surface by the traffic, so was never going to be removed by feet or fingers – a tool would be needed.

And shortly afterwards, when I crossed the road a few weeks later, the 5 p was gone.

A few days ago, I noticed the ‘game’ had started again one night, and sure enough, a wander across the road found a 1 p coin stuck in the tar surrounding one of the crossing’s road markers.

Wonder if anyone will bother about the single penny, worth so much less than a 5 p coin?

I’ll try to remember to have a look when I pass.

Baillieston pedestrian penny

Baillieston pedestrian penny


February 6, 2014 - Posted by | photography | ,

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