When the MTA changed the formula for bonuses on pay-per-ride Metrocards last year, those of us who purchase pay-per-ride cards began to notice that we were often left with balances on them that weren’t enough to cover the cost of a full fare, but still carried too much money (up to 2 whole dollars!) to toss the card in the garbage.

This, probably an intentional scheme by the MTA to keep take more of our money without providing an adequate service for it, is confusing the hell out of a lot of people, apparently.

Reports the Daily News:

“I have a whole pile of them sitting in a jewelry box on top of my dresser,” said Megan Hunt, 36, of Chelsea, who works in print production.

“There are at least 40 cards and some only have a nickel. I don’t know what to do with them, but I can’t throw them out.”

Laura Bowman, 41, a paralegal who commutes to the city from Mount Pocono, Pa., has “a bunch of cards with just 20 or 40 cents each.” Periodically, she just throws them away but the waste grates on her. “It’s frustrating,” she said.

Here’s a tip for the Metrocard math challenged: just refill the same card over and over again, that way you actually use the leftover balances on the card. Duh!

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