Thinking Outside The Bucket

May 26, 2011

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato noted that “necessity is the mother of invention” and that led some creative Garda Cash Logistics employees to “think outside the box” (or in this case the bucket) in solving a problem for one of its banking client’s customers.


The bank’s customer, an amusement park, had a large water fountain in the park where visitors would toss coins for luck. At the end of each season, the coins were removed from the fountain and placed in large plastic buckets, which were then stored in the basement of one of the park’s buildings. This went on for some twenty years – lots of coins in lots of buckets.


At the end of each season, the park’s owners would estimate how many coins they had and make a charitable donation in that amount before storing the coins in the basement. Finally deciding to deposit all the coins, the owners realized that they had been wet when stored and would be a mess to clean for processing. They called the bank for help and the bank arranged for Garda to pick up the coins.