The quarter grab is one of our stranger family holiday traditions. (It might be more aptly called the quarter fling.) No one can remember the exact date of its inception, but consensus is it started around 1998. My dad started collecting quarters in a gallon bucket and every year each of the three children has the opportunity to stick her hand in and see how many quarters she can fling out. No tipping of the bucket is allowed. My dad steadies the bucket but tucks his head to prevent injury. After each sister’s turn, the quarters are replaced. Participants get to keep the amount that she flings out up to a $75 cap. If she chooses not to participate in the quarter grab, she gets $60, but if she chooses to participate and flings out less than $60, she only gets that amount.
I am the reigning champion of the quarter grab. I attribute my prowess to my willingness to endure the pain of jamming my hand far down in the bucket. My all-time record is disputed but is somewhere in the range of $112-$117. Check out the video below to see this year’s total…Vodpod videos no longer available.