December 19, 2005

A Creepy Coin Question

I received the following weird email...

So there's been something going on at my house that seems sort of up your alley. I was washing the windows at my house on the outside because they were rather unclean. I got to the last one that I was going to clean, which was the one next to/near my front door, and I noticed that there was some duct tape stuck to the window. I had no idea what it was doing there, and it didn't seem to be serving any purpose, so I removed it. Stuck to the tape once I removed it was one quarter.

I have no idea what it was doing there, but the tape left a kind of gluey residue on the window, so it seems like it had been there for a long time. A couple of days ago, I came home, and went to unlock my front door, when I saw the work of (presumably) the same assailant who had left the quarter. There was a quarter, a nickel, and a Canadian quarter fastened to my door with electrical tape... any idea what's going on here? Maybe some help from your loyal readers could shed some light on the situation.

Honestly, it's kind of creepy.


Well, I have no idea. Maybe each week something weirder is going to happen until it all becomes brilliantly clear? Or maybe it has something to do with Google Ads. Every once in a while they give me 55 cents, too.

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Posted by Steven | Archive

Its deninatly something to do with the Kennedy assassination

Posted by: dummer at December 19, 2005 9:35 AM

My uncle used to tape a quarter on each window to keep evil spirits from entering the house...but he had to change the quarters every year (they lose potency?).

Maybe someone is trying to keep evil Canadians out of your house?

Posted by: beerbarian at December 19, 2005 9:40 AM

Obviously the ghost of Sneeze past. That dude is a total ass.

Posted by: Mawani at December 19, 2005 9:40 AM

I use to tape a quarter to the dash of my car. This was back in the day before everyone had cell phones and payphone calls cost 25 cents. My mom insisted that I always have a quarter to make a call with in case of an emergency.

Maybe someone less fortunate w/o a car to tape their money to has decided to use your house instead?

Posted by: Marie at December 19, 2005 9:43 AM

I'd at least wait until he/she graduates to leaving $100 bills before calling the police.

Posted by: shannon at December 19, 2005 9:47 AM

Since it is a well known fact that EVERYONE checks out "TheSneeze" at least twice daily, then it is safe to say that this comment should solve all of your adhesive monetarian glass problems. I have 5 beautiful windows on my house and I more than welcome said money bandit to tape as much money to my windows as he/she sees fit. In fact if it creeps you out you are also welcome to my home to tape your newly aquired coinage to a window of your choosing. My email address is real so if you want any info from me then you know the drill. Hopefully this should solve your problem.

Posted by: John at December 19, 2005 9:51 AM

When my sister and I were in high school, she made a couple of enemies and we subsequently found similar objects taped outside of our living room window. We also found scraps of tin foil and a two liter pop bottle. From asking around, it seemed like these were the potential makings of a minor explosive device(!). We also found a dead mouse, which I think was unrelated....
Anyway, be careful - and do you have any enemies?

Posted by: jenny at December 19, 2005 9:53 AM

That's Canadian Voodoo. Bad mojo, indeed. I'd be watching for beaver pelt fetish dolls and soapstone idols. If you find one, you might as well just move. The Inuit Berserkers will be there shortly after.

Posted by: sonshade at December 19, 2005 10:21 AM

A quarter taped to a window reminds me of the window tapping trick. (Y'all remember, you put a quarter and some string on a piece of tape, stick the stringless end on the window, then sneak away some distance before pulling the string in quick jerks. The quarter taps on the window and you and your friends giggle and giggle at the poor sap who keeps coming to the window to investigate.) But several coins taped to a DOOR? I don't get it. Marie's explanation is the only thing that makes any sense.

Posted by: Emmy at December 19, 2005 10:22 AM

Maybe someone lost their wallet (see link below) and it stuck to your house?

Posted by: Zclone at December 19, 2005 10:34 AM

When I was in high school, there was a girl on my cheerleading squad (Yuck, i know... I was a cheerleader) and she was sooooo skinny some people used to put $0.32 in her locker every single day, like those ads on TV that say you can sponsor a child in a third-world country for just $0.32 cents a day. I don't think she ever caught on... but maybe thats it. Are you unexplainably skinny? Maybe these people are just worried.

Posted by: Annette at December 19, 2005 10:37 AM

just keep taking the cash and go about your dailey stuff. hopefuly the cash will go up each time...remember to give me 50% if it goes above $100!

Posted by: dinnerbone at December 19, 2005 10:44 AM

Wow! That's awesome. I hope the mailer checks these comments:

How much time had elapsed between removing the first stash and finding the second stash?

Has the second stash since been removed?

Have you considered taping up anything of your own?

Do you think pirates are involved?

I feel I must die if these questions go unanswered. It's just so intriguing. It's like you're involved in your own Nancy Drew, or something. "The Smith's and the Case of the Mysterious Coins"

So, so cool!!

Posted by: maybeknott at December 19, 2005 10:51 AM

I know what happened. It's Steve! Really. He had a slow week, so he chose a reader at random and taped some coinage to their door because, in his infinate wisdom, he knew they'd email him about it and then he would have something to post about.

Where is the next Steve, Don't Eat it?! ;)

Posted by: Patch at December 19, 2005 10:54 AM

Have you been leaving pocket change on your psychotic girlfriend's nightstand? Have you notice any stewed pets on your stove lately?

Posted by: Mir at December 19, 2005 11:02 AM

dude. READ the entry. the coins are NOT taped TO the door. they are taped NEAR the door.

anyway. set up a camera in your window. that is some weird stuff. but quarters are my favorite form of change, so maybe someone is digging on you? i say you put a jar by your door in your house and label it "coin fairy". put all change you get taped to your window in the jar and when you fill it something cool. like...maybe hire a guy to clean your windows next time or something.

Posted by: nic at December 19, 2005 11:06 AM

I put it there - I was saving up to buy a Marmot but then it perished so i didn't bother cos, you know, who wants a dead marmot?

Give me back my quarter.

Posted by: Matt at December 19, 2005 11:23 AM

Maybe someone is priating her cable or wireless internet and they're starting to feel guilty.

Posted by: Kelly at December 19, 2005 11:26 AM

My advice: don't get weirded out. Worst case, you'll have enough for your laundry by the end of the month. Best case, they'll get sick of carrying change over and start to leave bills.

Posted by: Colin's Hot Sister at December 19, 2005 11:34 AM

I'm not sure, but the only way to find out is to ask them. Try leaving a sheet of paper with the question, "Who are you and why are you giving me change?" and a pencil on a string so they can respond.

Good luck!

Posted by: sarahdipity at December 19, 2005 11:48 AM

It's probably just a kid or two doing it. I do weird stuff like that all the time, just to have fun. I = would not worry about it. Of course, now since everyone told her not to worry about it, the dude is going to rape and kill her.'ll shut up now.

Posted by: Jason at December 19, 2005 11:53 AM

Sweet! You should keep putting the change aside and keep us posted on how much moneys you get. Or you could start a pool and everyone could bet on when this will all stop and how much you'll get.

Posted by: Jen at December 19, 2005 11:55 AM

I wish someone would leave me money.

Posted by: Cody at December 19, 2005 11:57 AM

As a canadian, I can tell you that this is a standard courting process. Obviously some very special canuck lady out there has got the hots for you. Once she begins leaving tape recordings of her humming the national anthem, she is in heat. Keep a lookout for her. Lure her inside with our favourite: chocolate mousse.



Posted by: Draconid at December 19, 2005 11:58 AM

haha the stealing of the internet is my favourite suggestion.

but its a pretty random thing to discover... i think i am going to start doing that to my mom.

Posted by: sweetie_1209 at December 19, 2005 12:06 PM

I think it's someone trying to pay you back for stealing your wifi signal.

Posted by: Grant Woods at December 19, 2005 12:08 PM

Maybe you should install a coin slot next to the mailslot. It will save you from having to scrape the tape goo off your door.

Posted by: Dave at December 19, 2005 12:13 PM

Too bad you are not in the US - the money would be worth 30% more.

You poor Candian. If it wasn't for the fact that you all have the hottest strippers, I'd feel even worse.

Posted by: Mark at December 19, 2005 12:14 PM

This is obviously the work of the "Loose Change" serial killer.
When you finally find the silver dollar taped to your bathroom mirror, RUN !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: motorcitybubbleboy at December 19, 2005 12:27 PM

You really should buy something with the change and then tape that up so they know you know.

Posted by: Shae at December 19, 2005 12:37 PM

Pirates are definitely involved.

Posted by: aliendave at December 19, 2005 12:46 PM

I used to do that all the time in high school, cept I would tape canuckian money and fish aquarium rocks to people's locker doors. No symbolism; the only intent is to confuse.

Posted by: StaticElectricityMan at December 19, 2005 12:51 PM

Of COURSE pirates are involved!

However- I will ask one question...

When was the last time you washed your windows? Cos they must not have been washed in a long time.

How did you look out of your windows when they were not washed? Because if you could've, you could have found us pirates taping them up there.

Damn that was 2 questions

Posted by: Cat, Queen of the Pirates at December 19, 2005 12:55 PM

Because I am that dedicated to this question, I googled it and found a magic trick that might work with a coin, even though this one is with a card:

A chosen card vanishes from the deck, only to appear stuck to a window! It then penetrates RIGHT THROUGH the window and is found stuck the other side of the glass!

A spectator selects a card from a deck . A corner is torn from the card and given to the spectator as a receipt. The magician claims he will make the card completely disappear and, after some by-play does exactly that! "D'you know where it went?" he asks. The spectators confess that they do not. "Look over there, d'you see what's taped to that window?" The spectators turn around to find their selection taped firmly to a nearby window, the corner receipt matches perfectly! "That's pretty weird how I made your card appear there isn't it?" The spectator agrees. "I'll show you what's even weirder though.." The magician passes a fan of cards over the selection and it very visually jumps right through the window! " I made it travel right through the glass!" The tape is removed and the spectator can remove the card from the other side of the glass. The corner still matches perfectly!

Posted by: Sonja at December 19, 2005 12:55 PM

Maybe they are confused about the cost of postage and are trying to mail you, and your house on a vacation to the tropics. I say slap an address label on the door and wait for the postman to ring twice!

Posted by: BuffaloBandit at December 19, 2005 12:57 PM

Well I hunted for references to this... I didn't find much... but some believe it may be good luck and be good for feng shui - I found this bit:

"Unfortunately, many Western countries are inundated with the practice of fastfood-type feng shui; flutes to hang on beams; Chinese coins on doors; and a host of other items ready to "solve" your feng shui concern."

Or perhaps it was someone's way of keeping evil spirits from entering your house through those doorways - some people believe that a charm of some sort near entryways can keep them out.

Whatever it is, good luck in figuring it out. :)

- Drake.

Posted by: DrakeSteele at December 19, 2005 1:14 PM

That's some weird stuff man. I'd move if I were you. The last thing you want is a Canadian hunting you down. It starts with a quarter and works its way up to a looney, follwed by (queue scary music) a TOONEY! Oh, the insanity!

Posted by: Storm at December 19, 2005 1:34 PM

Clearly the work of a garden gnome. Are there any in the victim's yard or any yards adjacent to said victim?

On second thought...if money is being *left,* not there really a problem? I suppose you could leave the perp a note requesting a more "clean up friendly" vehicle in which to deposit the change.

Posted by: TheIdleReceptionist at December 19, 2005 1:40 PM

I read that street gangs have been known to put money on a house and when the person takes, it they come back and "charge interest" by robbing them. I totally heard about this on the radio or something.

I heard one guy took an envelope with eight dollars in it that was left under his welcome mat. Two weeks later he was held at gun point for three days until he gave up his PINumber. He totally almost died and lost a bunch of money!

Or else I am just making stuff up.

Do you leave (insulting) $.25 tips for the paper boy per chance by rounding up on your bill?

Posted by: Seattle slough at December 19, 2005 1:40 PM

The only thing that comes to mind is a story my boyfriend told me once (or a couple times, as it is always brought up when needing something to confirm his wicked ways) when he was younger. He said he went out to everyone down the street and took out their mail. In place of it, he left one penny in each mailbox. The mail - he threw down the sewer drain.

Is she missing anything that the money could be replacing?

Posted by: Amanda at December 19, 2005 1:48 PM

be carefull! a few years ago i would of said it's just kids being weird,but's a whole different story! 2 of me cousins have now had stalkers! and if they get to one window undetected whom knows which others they can see in! or worse GET IN! me advise would to buy some motion sensor lighting (they r really reasonable nowadays) and keep a close watch! next time it happenns call the constables immediatly afore touching anything! with almost any type of tape they will be able to find at least 1 fingerprint. may also be prudent to let the constables know wot is going on now, so there is a previous inquiry on the record, which puts a little jump in their boots,just me thoughts

Posted by: oxyacetylene at December 19, 2005 2:05 PM

Obviously, Boo Radley has just moved in up the street.

Posted by: Matt at December 19, 2005 2:43 PM

you never saw the tape or the coins from inside the house? you never open your blinds?

let some sun in.

Posted by: kirk at December 19, 2005 2:50 PM

Santa is getting cheap this year, that's all. Just take the change, pocket it, and maybe next year when Santa's elves are no longer on strike because of the unfit working conditions he provides, he can go about giving you real gifts again. I am sure he's very embarrassed about the whole thing.

Posted by: Heywood at December 19, 2005 2:54 PM

Maybe you lost a tooth but left the door locked so the Canadian tooth fairy couldn't get in, so she left the change taped to your front window.

Easy peasy.

Posted by: Johnny John John at December 19, 2005 3:29 PM

Secret admirer too shy to tell you s/he loves you? If you notice your underwear and mp3 player missing, call the police to sort it out.

Posted by: Aya at December 19, 2005 3:36 PM

dont look a gift horse in the mouth; kick it in the balls. thats my advice

Posted by: twas I at December 19, 2005 3:43 PM

Dude, it's the toof fairy. You need to let her in.

Posted by: Uncle Blue at December 19, 2005 3:48 PM

you crazy canadians ok so i know exactly what is going on all the other posts are jokes and stuff but this is for real in russia when you find anything above a pennies worth of change on your door or house in general like taped not just like laying around inside or anything i mens that you are either having an affair or have commited some act of injustice or indecency so if you know any russians that may have somthing against you ide ask them -mike

p.s. actually im just shittin you i have no idea

Posted by: Mickey_D at December 19, 2005 3:49 PM

I heard a rumor that Jehovah's Witnesses will write a small "X" on or near your door if you turn them away. Presumably it means you've already rejected their message and there's no point in them coming back. Maybe they know we're on to them and have started taping coins instead?

Posted by: Derek at December 19, 2005 3:53 PM

If it's the heads side facing in, maybe it's someone trying to tell you that 'big brother' is watching you... It's a conspiracy I tell you. Word of advice~ keep an eye on grassy knolls.

Posted by: Naomi at December 19, 2005 3:59 PM

leave a $1 and see if they make change...

Posted by: lilith at December 19, 2005 4:02 PM

it's one of 2 t hings - Fox Mulder is either trying to signal the Smoking Man, and because the Smoking Man saw the tape removed from Mulder's house, he now thinks you have info, and left you HIS calling card on the doorknob. He's probably waiting for you right now in a dark/sinister back alley.


It's the Crazy Tree Brain Lady Thief, messing with your readers now.

Posted by: Wrexie at December 19, 2005 4:15 PM

I know it's been a superstition among sailors for centuries to place a coin in the foot of a mast so that if the vessel sank those who died would have paid their toll to enter the afterlife. Maybe this is a variation of some sort? Have you noticed anyone in the neighborhood with a parrot on their shoulder and a wooden leg? Is your house sinking?


Posted by: Rich at December 19, 2005 4:52 PM

It's a woman going through "the change"!

Posted by: Jay at December 19, 2005 4:52 PM

the postman has taped $ to my door before...but that was cause i paid too much for shipping

Posted by: mande at December 19, 2005 5:12 PM

First let me quote Derek

"I heard a rumor that Jehovah's Witnesses will write a small "X" on or near your door if you turn them away. Presumably it means you've already rejected their message and there's no point in them coming back."

I think that the opposite would be true, if you are correct then it's kind of a defeatist religion.

Maybe that's why they don't celebrate holidays "Awwww, we're not going to get the Dukes of Hazzard Race Set....Let's just cancel Christmas" you could be on to something.

Readers of the sneeze no doubt know that Hobo's left inticate markings to indicate easy marks and/or hot daughters but the change is not the work of hobo's who would take the quarter and sleep in your hayloft, assuming you have one. Maybe you should put the money towards a good hayloft for hobo's to sleep in.

Posted by: will at December 19, 2005 5:12 PM

If the coins are placed at the north east corner of the house, this is a spell to bring you prosperity.
Accept the generosity and blessings of the world.

Posted by: atmikha at December 19, 2005 5:47 PM

Hey, this is "BW"...the person who's experiencing the Creepy Coin Conundrum (henceforth known as the "CCC"). Well...first of all, I'm not a girl, second, I'm not a Canadian, and third....I'm quite certain that it has nothing to do with pirates due to the lack of any nearby major sources of water. Ninjas, on the other hand, are a possibility, as there are a plethora of Asians in my neighborhood. I like the WiFi suggestion, but the only way that anyone's leeching off that is if they guessed my encryption key... The "evil spirit blocking" one is also a possibility. As for whoever was asking about the time period.... the first one that I noticed on the window was something like a month and a half to two months ago, and the second one was around two or three weeks ago. Does anyone think that maybe the type of tape has some significance? First time being duct, second time being electrical?
...Oh, and by the way... thanks for the help/hindrance.

Posted by: David at December 19, 2005 5:55 PM

ok david heres the feal its me ok i love you and have been trying to swoon you ok so if that aswers your question than i hope yor happy so plz come vist me i live jsut across the street from you so please anytime you wanna come over and have some fun im here for ya hunny buns

Posted by: i hate i hate you at December 19, 2005 6:22 PM

Its definately the "tree brain lady" she's paying you back....soon you're going to get a jar of soup taped to your car, but don't eat it....for it be tree brain soup

Posted by: soapyNinja at December 19, 2005 6:26 PM

Tell this guy to keep removing the coins.

Obviously he's making some money off this.

Maybe they'll leave a $100 bill next.

Posted by: PrincessChan at December 19, 2005 6:26 PM

to clarify my earlier statement about being payed back by the tree brain lady, what I mean is she's paying all the sneeze readers back one by one for stealing our precious tree that means each one of us is going to get a visit from tree brain lady, I call spot #2

Posted by: soapyNinja at December 19, 2005 6:31 PM

Hm. I guess I'll ask the obvious question:

Have you asked whoever you live with?

Posted by: maybeknott at December 19, 2005 6:32 PM

Run for your life!!!

Not really, just kidding.

No!!! Run for your life!!!

Posted by: PM at December 19, 2005 7:05 PM

Wait, wait, wait. Your a GUY and you actually CLEAN the OUTSIDE of your windows? Did you do this on your own or do you have a girlfriend/wife/mother/roommate/home owner's association/etc. who made you clean them? I'm dumbfounded.

Posted by: Arsenic at December 19, 2005 7:06 PM

i think someone likes you

Posted by: schwein at December 19, 2005 7:30 PM

It was a joke. Can you send me my money back now?

Posted by: chocobrain at December 19, 2005 7:52 PM

Coins are all much alike, so we should focus on the tape. Do you own either or both types of tape? Were the ends of the respective pieces clean-cut, or torn? Sissors or knife?

It's hard to apply tape to anything without getting a thumb or fingerprint on the adhesive, so you should at least be able to tell if the person is left or right handed.

Next, look for pubic hairs. On TV, the perps always emit a veritable storm cloud of pubic hairs and fluids and whatnot at "the scene".

That will be 55 cents please. I know you have it.

Posted by: Neighborcat at December 19, 2005 7:54 PM

Someone found some coins in your yard/house and wanted to return them?

Your kid is being silly?

Random psycho is out of the ward and leaving cryptic messages about the empending apocolypse?

Someone with psychic powers is telling you the lotto numbers?

You are sleepwalking, pasting them up yourself, then waking up having forgotten the whole thing?

Your other personality is playing sillybuggers?

Your cat/dog is pleased with the service and is leaving tips?

Posted by: Moggity at December 19, 2005 8:53 PM

definately ninjas, ots probably happening to your whole neighbourhood, theyre trying to force feng shui on everyone! dont stand for it! make pit traps, falling boulder traps and any other traps you can around it, DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO BAD ENERGY FLOW!!

Posted by: squeegy at December 19, 2005 9:06 PM

It's probably got something to do with me not reading the rest of the comments.

Posted by: J-Bob at December 19, 2005 9:09 PM

I suggest he video-tape himself in his sleep; like set up a tripod next to his bed, and perhaps one in the hall. Has he noticed any pocket change going missing? The evidence is suggestive of sleep walking, he's most likely planting the coins himself. He should have his bodily orifaces examined by his girlfriend or neighbour or something, just incase, especially if he's Canadian... i mean toonies can do some real damage.

Posted by: nothingboy at December 19, 2005 9:38 PM

Maybe the person is looking to find out when you stop pulling coins off your window, and will then break in and steal all your shit!

Posted by: Rob at December 19, 2005 9:50 PM

I think someone likes coins and wants to share the love. o_o That's totally it.

Posted by: Britty at December 19, 2005 9:54 PM

Well, back in the day the Greeks used to put coins on the eyes of their dead loved ones so that they could pay the toll to the Ferryman on the RiverStyx and be taken to the Underworld (this is a good thing) and then they could be at rest. As a friend of mine is fond of saying...if you don't pay the tolls you don't get no rolls. I don't know what that's supposed to mean, I just felt like saying it.

Anyway, I digress. It's obvious to me that your doctor called the wrong house with bad news and you're good samaritan/neighbor is just trying to find a way to break the news to you gently by giving you your toll now. Beating the rush and all.

Posted by: Serpentia at December 19, 2005 10:08 PM

why, oh why is "definitely" the most misspelled word on the intranets?
people who misspell definitely make babies cry.

Posted by: grammar snob at December 19, 2005 10:09 PM

I get pissed of whenever I'm given 5 cents's,
which happens like everyday cause stuff is always sold at a round figure and 95cents.
I always throw them away or at people (which is stupid cause I could be saving them up to buy something cool, or to throw them off skyscrapers) so mabye somebody just found a creative way to dispose of thier unwanted change. Possibly an obsesive compolsic.

p.s. how the f do you spell compolsic?

Posted by: Rachel at December 19, 2005 11:12 PM

I love Moggity's lotto number suggestion.
Well I have some chinese coins that i bought from the local chingers shop on my door for good luck. Mabye the sender is trying to give you good luck.
Giving good luck to give you luck to help you decode the message, inwhich there isnt really one anyway so THATS the message that needed the good luck in the first place...

Posted by: Smith at December 19, 2005 11:30 PM

yah i accidently post my comment as my name but whatever do yah i like the river styx idea but here my origanal idea that its the government and there trying to ruin your toes and post it notesare cool andy milonokis is actually 27 and i have a boner should it be pointed down/ and my computer mouse is slimy whats that all about and definatly hahah i mis spelt it corderoy pants are not instyle but i wear them any way my PIN# is 5267 and i love jesus and the sneeze

Posted by: you mean compulsive? at December 19, 2005 11:50 PM

"Change" is coming your way.

Posted by: Barb at December 20, 2005 12:56 AM

As a pizza delivery driver, when someone gives me less than a dollar tip, or tells me to keep the change and it's like only a quarter.... I tend to leave it wherever I see fit... on the car, in the grass, etc.... I've even thought about super gluing it to the cement or front door. Have you pissed off a pizza guy lately???

Posted by: Kevin at December 20, 2005 2:06 AM

Ok so its her partner trying to find out if she cleans the windows and how often.

They are trying to catch her out!

Or, maybe she did it but she forgot... while asleep or just in another dimension which has now crossed over into this one!

Posted by: Laura at December 20, 2005 2:14 AM

Sorry I just read more comments and realised that David is not a girl.

I had assumed that he would be because society deems it kinda crazy for a man to clean windows - specially on the outside!? What is going on!?

I think we all need to know if you live alone or have a partner or kids...

We can all solve this one together I think!

Keep us posted!

Posted by: Laura at December 20, 2005 2:21 AM

maybe its an anthrax coin... from the anthrax coin bush. I have one of those you know. Its pretty in spring time when its in bloom.

Posted by: Matt at December 20, 2005 2:24 AM

I reckon its a subliminal marketing drive by electrical and duct tape companies....or else someone is trying to get you done in for forgery :)

Posted by: Squeegee at December 20, 2005 4:45 AM

could it be that someone is trying to show you how to do a bit of science.

It could be that..
but i do like the psycho killer idea.
Never can be to carefull.

Posted by: crzypvt at December 20, 2005 5:18 AM

It's the Rapture!

Posted by: Christina at December 20, 2005 5:23 AM

It's the Rapture!

Posted by: Christina at December 20, 2005 5:23 AM

I suppose if the next kind of tape used is aluminum tape, and the next kind after that is transparent tape, then I would say you don't have to wait for them to use a tape that starts with H before you know the person is trying to spell "DEATH" with the letters of the tape and I'd say, at that point, learn from the mistakes of Craig T. Nelson and get the F out of that house.

Posted by: T at December 20, 2005 6:27 AM

it's your house - it's appreciating in value.

Posted by: Rebecca at December 20, 2005 6:33 AM

Huh, I don't think it's pirates, or voodoo, or the tooth fairy--I think you have a secret Santa...a very very cheap secret Santa...and since the gifting resulted in a sticky situation, he or she can also be considered a BAD SANTA!

Posted by: LL Locke at December 20, 2005 6:43 AM

It is from "those-who-defy-the-yearbook-staff"

This appears to be a gesture in blatant opposition to the time-tested yearbook advice, "don't you go changing!"

You must be very careful of this crowed. They did NOT stay sweet 4-ever.

I echo the advice above: Move. Move now.

Posted by: Kerry at December 20, 2005 6:44 AM

um, I am very lonely. When you are done with your Quarter Stalker, can you send him to my house? I could also use the extra money. Thanks! MollyQ

Posted by: MollyQ at December 20, 2005 6:48 AM

aside from the canadian quarter, is it all that bad that unknown forces of nature are leaving an increasing amount or money in places you will find it. i say let it fly and maybe one day you'll find a one hundred dollar bill. but not one of those folded up 'jesus money' $100's. you know the kind you unfold and it says "disappointed? you wouldn't be if you knew jesus." thing is, even if i lived in a church and only spoke in scripture i'd still be disappointed if i unfold what i thought to be $100 only to find it was a cruel joke.

Posted by: matt at December 20, 2005 6:51 AM

I definately think it could be to ward off evil spirits. However, the bad news for you is that since they are taped to the outside of your window I believe it is the intent to keep the evil spirits IN your house.

Are spirits really afraid of money?

Posted by: Pat at December 20, 2005 6:53 AM

it's you. we know it is. This is just a feeble cry for attention. Next thing you know you'll be tacking dollar bills to your trees and leaving rolled coins on the sidewalk. It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt. Stop the insanity. Find a friend get a hobby, or a start a change jar. no need for the drama, we like you for you.

Posted by: Joe at December 20, 2005 6:53 AM

If you're REALLY determinded/obsessive to find out who's doing it, might I suggest this plan. Get some of that ink that only shows up under UV light, leave loads of it lying round your window on the ground, then whoever's doing it will step in it and leave a trail right back home. Then get a UV light, follow the trail and BAM! Mystery solved.

Posted by: Thomas at December 20, 2005 7:14 AM

Get different colored tape (like red or orange so they notice) and put your questions in a little tube or film canister with a pencil stub. Tape that up near your door and wait. They can write back. It'll be nice in a creepy kind of way.

1. What's the deal with taping the coins.


2. Seriously, what's the deal?

P.S. Thanks for the coins!

Posted by: Alan at December 20, 2005 7:14 AM

I say tape up a note that says "Can we cut to the chase and start sticking up the $100 bills?"

Posted by: yuene at December 20, 2005 7:22 AM

Maybe if you start showing more skin the denomination will go up?

Posted by: Dr Incandenza at December 20, 2005 7:47 AM

MATT YOU ROCK! Of course Boo Radley moved in up the street. I'm kinda disappointed in myself for not thinking of that.

Now if your name is Scout, your father's a lawyer, and you're suppose to wear an awkward costume in a school play that makes it difficult for you to run, I would definitely not take the short cut through the woods on your way home tonight.

Posted by: Marie at December 20, 2005 7:55 AM

Clearly it is a reticent bully from school who is returning the lunch money he stole from you as a child. I would avoid catching this repentant blast from the past, you never know if he might revert to his old ways and pummel some more milk money out of you.

Posted by: Gary at December 20, 2005 8:03 AM

In all seriousness, a lot of times if a house is being cased (checked out for possible break-in) a crew will do things like tape doors or windows shut, or leave things around the building to see if they're discovered or how long it takes for them to be noticed/moved/discarded. That'll let a crew know if a house can be plucked easily from a certain entry point.

But the items taped to your car make no cents... I mean sense.

Posted by: Jason at December 20, 2005 10:00 AM

Someone with a conscious is clearly stealing your newspaper and leaving reparations. The 55 cents, I could only assume, is for the Sunday paper.

Posted by: Dave at December 20, 2005 10:02 AM

This looks like a case for... Dr. Michael!
It's been a while since we've heard from him, and he has NEVER let us down in the past.

Wadda say Steve?

Posted by: ~Chris at December 20, 2005 10:10 AM

Someone clearly wants you to adhere to change. Have you made a change recently that you are going back on?

Peanut Pals Unite!

Posted by: Travis at December 20, 2005 10:26 AM

All this talk of pirates makes me think that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is involved. BW, have you been touched by his noodly appendage? You might want to consider an immediate conversion, I can only imagine what comes after two bi-national quarters and a domestic nickel.

Posted by: femdujour at December 20, 2005 10:37 AM

someone is definitely taping money to your house. It happens all the time.Don't worry about it.

Posted by: Douglas at December 20, 2005 10:53 AM

This is how the Milk and Pork Rind Man leaves change in Mississippi. He tapes it to our trailer's screen door. Do you live in Mississippi?

Posted by: tjet at December 20, 2005 11:01 AM

Dr. Michael is like 17 now. Maybe I'll ask my son.

Posted by: Steve at December 20, 2005 11:38 AM

I definitely think someone is casing your house, David, especially this close to Christmas. Call the cops and ask them to patrol your street. Set up a hidden camera. Install some security sensors (available at the hardware store).

Posted by: Sleepless Mama at December 20, 2005 11:57 AM

The more I think on it, I believe Matt and Marie are on to something. This is definitely the work of Boo Radley. Check for some carved figures of yourself. They are probably in a hollowed out tree around your house. It's either that or pirates. or ninjas, or angered pizza guys, or pirate ninjas or.....oh never mind.

Posted by: Chris Ables at December 20, 2005 12:28 PM

I wouldn't fear though, Steve has taken the case and I am sure the Case of the Taped Quarter will be solved and it will make a nifty book for junior high students across this fine land!! Maybe a Choose your own Adventure? That would rock!

Posted by: Chris Ables at December 20, 2005 12:33 PM

Someone said something about keeping Evil Spirits out....not to freak you out or anything, but since they were on the outside of the house, maybe...just maybe...they were keeping evil spirits IN!

....think about it

Posted by: Ryan at December 20, 2005 12:44 PM

its me im sorry and wow dr michael is 17 now yah your son is a funny mother f-er so ide ask him for sure but yah i think we could possibley revert back to dr. michael if needed and yah i love you steve will you have an affair with me?

Posted by: boo radley at December 20, 2005 1:05 PM

Dear Serpentia,

"You don't pay no tolls, then you don't get no rolls" is from the cinematic masterpiece that is Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Now you know.


Posted by: Heddy Nectar at December 20, 2005 1:11 PM

I like the tie in to "Steve, Don't Eat It". If Steve WERE to eat the coins, with or without tape, it would kinda be like a mythbusters episode... Will the coins come out? How long will it take? Will Steve's intestines absorb the coins? Who will Steve tap to dig the coins out of the byproduct? Will Steve make change?

Posted by: kurt at December 20, 2005 1:14 PM

I say find some matching coins and tape them to the inside of the window, in exactly the same spot as the coins outside. Then remove the outside coins and watch for action. Or, set up a trip wire in front of the window that will ring a bell or something noisy so you can be alerted to the "Coin Stickerer."
OR... stick some post-its in place of the coins, with I.O.U. $0.5 on them.

Posted by: Mabissa at December 20, 2005 1:20 PM

Maybe your budding artist has decided he should pay for his art......

Posted by: Christopher at December 20, 2005 1:23 PM

it's just coins taped to a door. What's the big deal. Oooooh it was the Boogey Man. Seriously. Whatever.

Posted by: amanda f. at December 20, 2005 1:26 PM

i don't know what the rest of these people are talking about, but its because you are cutting into someone else's profit margin. the coin is symbolic of the money they are loosing

Posted by: obas at December 20, 2005 5:00 PM

Whats a Boo Radley? Definatley some Hoodoo shit going on.

Posted by: The Cookie Monster at December 20, 2005 5:28 PM

Move. Seriously. There's nothing wrong with being superstious, especially when some crazy Hoodoo's are coming after you.

Posted by: Cookie Monster at December 20, 2005 5:34 PM

Cookie Monster,

Please read more. And I think you might mean "Voodoo" as opposed to "HooDoo" Then again, you could mean the Ski Resort in Southern Willamette Valley (Hoodoo Mountain Resort- Which, of course, makes perfect sense- it's them mountain men

Posted by: Vicki at December 20, 2005 5:51 PM

Charles Neslon Reily also played HooDoo in the old Saturday morning Krofft show "Lidsville."

Posted by: Steve at December 20, 2005 6:06 PM

Hoodoo is an ancient African tradition and belief system. What the non-intellectuals would call "magic."

Posted by: Mande at December 20, 2005 6:09 PM


i'm a qualified ninja and i must say that we do NOT tape currency to windows, be it bay, palladium or otherwise. we just kill people. no magic there. so kindly cross us off the list of suspects.


Posted by: a ninja at December 20, 2005 6:14 PM

Hoodoo is a form of magic, Voodoo is a religion

Posted by: Cookie Monster at December 20, 2005 6:15 PM

one's a little country. one's a little rock and roll.

Posted by: cables at December 20, 2005 6:56 PM

It's obvious, isn't it? You're a sleepwalker. You're putting the coins there, while sleeping.

Either that or aliens are trying to tell you something.

Posted by: teiso at December 20, 2005 7:13 PM

Thank you cables for the laugh... I'd go with the country option, it's the new black this season.

Posted by: the Lady at December 20, 2005 7:58 PM

They think you're going poor, so they're helping you pay off the medical bills of your sick Aunt Gertrude.

Posted by: Misty at December 20, 2005 8:13 PM

Ok, so I've been giving this a lot of thought.

I'm serious, I have. Probably too much thought. I've discussed it with my friends. Consulted my pastor, questioned my coinage.

Yeah, we came up with nothing.

This is just weird.

Posted by: Alex at December 20, 2005 8:29 PM

There is only one way to solve a mystery of this magnitude Call in Scooby Doo. If Scooby cant solve it there taint no figuring it out.

Posted by: Phil at December 20, 2005 9:05 PM

I still dont know who this Boo Radley chap is...

Posted by: Cookie Monster at December 20, 2005 10:12 PM

Maybe its something like leaving your door or window unlocked and they give you presents (like the ring in the guys car) anyways good luck.... oh by the way, is your first name bob by any chance?

Posted by: Allison at December 20, 2005 10:20 PM

No...I'm not in Mississippi, no my name's not Bob, and no, I don't sleepwalk (I'm too busy sleeping for that stuff)... Well, I live with my stepdad, my mom, my cousin, my cousin's boyfriend, my little sister, and my girlfriend will be moving in soon--I know that's unrelated, but that doesn't mean that it's not something I can mention :-). I like the tape type idea ("D-E-A-T-H") but I'm not certain I've seen any "H" tapes recently....perhaps hair tape?
Seriously, I am sort of considering the whole casing thing.... I mean... I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, and we're just about the only house on the street with no Christmas lights... maybe someone thinks that means we'll be out of town, and they're trying to figure out when we'll leave. Oh, by the way-- we only don't have christmas lights because I'm broke and my stepdad is cheap. Very very cheap. Honestly, he acts broker than I am (and it'll be a merry christmas because of it) :-/.

Posted by: David at December 20, 2005 11:13 PM

So, David... Did you ever consider that your mom and/or stepdad is smarter than you and is taping coins places as an incentive for you to do things like cleaning the windows? (It fits in with the 'cheap' characteristic of your stepdad, since it's only pocket change).
Also, did you consider that moving out might be the best thing to do, no matter the source of the coins? I mean, moving your girlfriend into your parents' house isn't very classy.
The only other possibility, aside from the already suggested conspiracy theories, is that your g/f is strategically placing money for you to save up and buy her a ring.

Good luck!

Posted by: B at December 21, 2005 3:55 AM

Am I the only one who knows how to spell definitely?

Posted by: kurt at December 21, 2005 5:20 AM


The whole internet spells "definitely" wrong.

As for the coins, maybe your house was skipping.

Posted by: thomas at December 21, 2005 6:24 AM

You idiot!
I came by to leave you some money for that tooth that fell out, only to find all of your doors and windows locked. WTF!
What the hell did you expect me to do?
Good thing I had a F@#king roll of duct tape on me.

Next time, cut me a break, Asshole!

Posted by: Tooth Fairy at December 21, 2005 7:27 AM

I think you should be careful here.
If you've accepted the payment, you may be legally bound to provide the goods or services that it is intended to be in payment of. Which is definitely not a good idea, 'specially in the case of pirates and/or ninjas.

Posted by: Alex at December 21, 2005 7:41 AM

Boo Radley was the main character in "To Kill A Mockingbird." Clearly you never had me for English in high school.

Posted by: Jamie at December 21, 2005 7:54 AM

Have you been in any class action suits? Maybe this is your part of a large settlement against big tabaco or some other company, and since the suite there is no money for postage so some poor clerk has to walk from place to place leaving everyone there settlement.

Posted by: Riot at December 21, 2005 9:29 AM

I've never HAD you either Jamie.
/hope your a guy, not a chick
//when does the having start?

Posted by: Angie at December 21, 2005 11:13 AM

Maybe somebody was trying to superglue the money to the window, but ran out of glue...and used tape instead? It defeats the purpose, but I dunno, just assume they're Canadian and it all makes sense.

You should set up a trip wire right in front of the window, so you can catch them.
But maybe then the money will stop coming?

Buy them for something for Christmas, using the coins of course, and tape it to the window. Or perhaps leave a piggy bank!

Posted by: Allie at December 21, 2005 12:13 PM

I didn't read all 137 comments, but I didn't see anyone else with this theory. Did you tell anyone else about the first quarter?

Maybe they were trying to freak you out by putting the second set on your door. That way you would easily see it. Immediate prank payoff instead of waiting until the next time you clean your windows (which seems very infrequently).

Posted by: K-Dog at December 21, 2005 12:24 PM

I haven't a clue but this reminds me of the very strange "altoids in the oven" incident at my old apartment...

Posted by: ben at December 21, 2005 2:22 PM

H = Hospital Tape

Posted by: tape lady at December 21, 2005 2:54 PM

I don't have time to read all the comments, so sue me if this has been mentioned before: those coins are a code that helps burglars break into your home. First someone scopes out the place ("when is anyone home?" "is there an alarm?" etc.etc.) Some time after that you get robbed. Sorry.


Posted by: whatever at December 21, 2005 5:39 PM

Do your windows seem any cleaner? We Canadians really love washing windows, in fact we have a holiday where we go to a neighbors house and wash their windows and leave whatever change we have in our pockets, it's a bit of a cultural fetish... I think you have a new Canadian in your neighborhood, who goes a little extreme with his holidays. Now you can't wait until christmas can you? I'm sure your Canadian window washer wil get you like a fancy laptop or something

Posted by: Kannoff at December 21, 2005 7:55 PM

For one, can nobody on the internet spell? It's not just 'definitely'. There are many other misspellings. So far, I'm liking the casing idea, or stalker. I know a few ninjas, and they're more into assassination than random gifts. Pirates, on the other hand, aren't known for their generosity, either. Maybe it is Boo Radley. He's a friendly character.
Seriously, though. I would be careful these next few weeks, in case this is something serious.
By the way, it's time for you to move out, if your girlfriend is moving in! Your house is too crowded as it is! Stop mooching off your parents and be independant. If you are over 18, that is. If not, than why the f*** is your girlfriend moving in?

Posted by: mystiquael at December 21, 2005 9:24 PM

I'm leaning towards this being a prank (since you said your step-dad is cheap) some kids are having fun and trying to see if he will take the coinage. Of course someone could be thinking about breaking in since you don't have any lights up, no lights means they can break in under the cover of sort of darkness...

Hm, it feels like I am forgetting something Oh well..

Posted by: Gazpacho at December 21, 2005 10:20 PM

Ah I remember now. Hospital Tape, isn't that just called medical or surgical tape?

Other types of tape: Masking tape, packaging tape, transperant tape, and graffer tape.

Posted by: Gazpacho at December 21, 2005 10:27 PM

I wouldn't go as far as to say that Boo Radley is the "Main Character" in To Kill A Mockingbird...

I still ask, are you unexplainably skinny?

Posted by: Annette at December 21, 2005 11:03 PM


You're definitely not the only person on the internet that can spell. But yeah, bad spelling gets on my nerves.

Posted by: yuene at December 22, 2005 12:18 AM

mystiquael (wtf?)-
You're not even one of the people who can spell on the internet. It's independent.

I agree with:
random prank (are there kids who wait for the bus nearby?).
random prank now embellished upon by a friend whom you told about it.
Boo Radley.
you needing to move out. Support yourself as a professional window washer.

Posted by: cranky at December 22, 2005 6:01 AM

I had a similiar incident with the removeable hitch on my Expedition. I will have to relate it to you when I have more time. Sounds like a neighbor having fun.

Posted by: road apples at December 22, 2005 10:58 AM


Posted by: road apples at December 22, 2005 10:59 AM

I've seen it's an old Pennsylvania dutch thing. It keeps luck in or witches out or jesusin the kitchen or some such nonsense. A kid in my neighborhood had a quarter in every window in his house.


Posted by: Dull Blade at December 22, 2005 8:04 PM

I woke up to a ringing doorbell last year and found that someone had taken a dump on my front porch, smeared it on the door handle and living room window, and written "shit" in (you guessed it) shit on the garage door.

So we're in the same boat. I spent the night cleaning up human excrement, and you have to try to get rid of a Canadian quarter. (BTW, Oxy Clean is excellent at removing crap. It even digs it out of pitted concrete.)

Posted by: Che at December 22, 2005 9:35 PM

I definetly can't spell definatly and if it definatily pisses you off that I can't spell difinitly then I'm deffenetly happy at your expense hardy har.

Posted by: Mo Moggity at December 22, 2005 10:23 PM

Can't move out--clingy parents, I suppose....but if they want to offer to pay for my college and my house....why not? (my stepdad's never home--he always goes on business trips to Hong Kong). And it's not going to be very crowded b/c my cousin and her b/f are moving out at the end of the year (plus it's a four bedroom house anyways).

Posted by: David at December 22, 2005 11:00 PM

Bad news, I'm afraid. You know how they used to put quarters on your eyes when you died? Well. your house has died and because your house doesn't have any eyes some kind person has used your windows instead. Im sorry to tell you this, were you close?

Posted by: muffy at December 22, 2005 11:29 PM

Hi everybody, this is Melissa, David's girlfriend. This whole coin thing is reeeeaalllyy weird. Maybe somebody is trying to keep me from moving in with some girlfriend repelling voodoo. I dunno. Let me know.

Posted by: Melissa at December 23, 2005 12:12 AM

Ever hear the old adage - If you can't beat 'em.....

Go to your local bank and change a $500 into quarters.

Go to your local hardware store and purchase several bottles of super (crazy) glue, it looks better than tape.

Go back to your house and make a decision, you can now :-

a) Stick a quarter on every house in your neighbourhood - you'll all match and you may just meet someone else doing the same thing as you.

b) Stick all the quarters on your ground floor windows. Then see if you get some change taped to your now awesome (and permanent) window display.

Posted by: EMB at December 23, 2005 12:51 AM

You know if you hadn't bashed FeatherSword in the commentary about the Wiggles... the pirates would not have gotten involved. Now look what you've done.

Posted by: CoolChickSandy at December 23, 2005 1:22 AM

y3a i forgot to sea that merry christmas

relatives should smoke weed instead of drinking then everything would be chiller.

the end.|

Posted by: bdawg at December 23, 2005 2:35 AM

Wait, wait. So are we saying that BOO RADLEY is sticking coins on this dude's window??!!

Yeah, I can get behind that. Or the voodoo theory, I like that one too.

Being Irish though, I feel it is not only my *right* but my *responsibility* to mention the leprechauns. I reckon a couple of them hopped a transAtlantic flight to the grand American continent and then decided to mindfuck with the first guy they came across. And money is, after all, their trademark.....

Posted by: Roxanne at December 23, 2005 6:58 AM

Well, have you been robbed yet? No no probably not. If they're anything like me they will wait until right after Christmas when all the gifts have been unwrapped and they can see exactly what they are stealing.

Who wants to carry out a bunch of boxes only to unwrap them and find a Ron Popiel Food Dehydrator or some shit?!

Posted by: blackjack at December 23, 2005 1:10 PM

I don't know if its the same person, but I found a penny in my dogs water dish today. o_o I'm scared.

Posted by: Britty at December 23, 2005 5:26 PM

ummmm... that's a really old southern tradition that i know of.. there are a couple actually.

most of them are from back when coins were made of silver.

1. you would hide the coins around doors and windows. the silver would ward off evil spirits, and keep the people inside the house safe.

2. you would leave it there as a bribe for Devils and whitches.

Posted by: James at December 23, 2005 6:49 PM