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Residents Try to Pay Library Fines with Chuck E. Cheese Tokens

A Massachusetts library was forced to make a public statement recently when it noticed a growing trend of patrons trying to pay library fines and printing fees with tokens from the restaurant/arcade chain Chuck E. Cheese. The Peabody Institute Library posted on Facebook a reminder that the tokens, while perhaps worth something within the walls of Chuck E. Cheese, are not actually legal tender and therefore cannot be accepted as payment. The arcade restaurant has been phasing out the use of coin-like tokens in favor of digital credits, perhaps explaining the timing of the issue. The library's Facebook post also added at the end of their reminder, "Please note, we also cannot accept Canadian coins."

Potential Preaching Angles: Jesus preaches in Matthew 6:19-20: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Jesus also says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." How easy it is to forget that the treasures of this life are temporary, and that lasting, eternal treasures come from Christ and Christ alone.

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