The fake pennies that are part of Ally Bank’s "Lucky Penny" promotion feature the Detroit-based bank’s logo.
The fake pennies that are part of Ally Bank's "Lucky Penny" promotion feature the Detroit-based bank's logo. (Ally Bank)

Move along, Bozo: County bans clowns for now

DEKALB, Miss. — A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween.

Kemper County supervisors this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask or makeup in public. The local law carries a $150 penalty, and it will be lifted Nov. 1.

The Kemper County Messenger reports that supervisors President Johnny Whitsett says it's a matter of public safety because people could react badly if they get scared by a clown in their yard.

The county along the Alabama line has a population of about 10,000.

Lee Rowland, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney in New York, says the First Amendment protects most clothing choices. She also says it's "a ridiculous use of government authority ... to dictate which Halloween costumes people can wear."

Bank places 100 'lucky pennies' across U.S. worth $1,000 each

DETROIT — Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece.

Ally Bank says it is hoping to encourage Americans to look for opportunities to save through its "Lucky Penny" promotion, which launched this week. The lucky pennies carry a copper color like real pennies, but feature the Detroit-based bank's logo instead of Abraham Lincoln's head. The flip side of the coin lists its value at 100,000 cents.


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The pennies have been placed in New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Miami; Denver; Detroit; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; and Austin, Texas.

The coins can be redeemed online until the end of the year.

Associated Press