What does it mean when people throw coins at you out of car windows? This happened to us for the second time just this evening, indeed, just a few short minutes ago. We were looking in the lit window of a bathroom fittings shop (I like to do this just as a regular precautionary measure in case I have to sit next to Hugh Mackay at a dinner party) situated on a well-known hoon road which runs like an implacable river of impenetrable darkness through the suburb where we live when the incident occurred. It was a ten cent piece and we took turns carrying it home. Last time a passing motorist threw money at us it was a 20 cent piece, and the scene was a somewhat further distant corner on the same thoroughfare.
I assumed it was some sort of quaint folkloric custom to do with signaling to people on the footpath that they ought to grow up and get a bloody car, but there's no mention of this on the internet so I have doubts. The existence of two separate incidents seems to rule out random whimsy - unless it was the same person both times. Some of my students reside out in that direction.
Other stuff I've seen while walking around here at night:
a very shy cat which has its own cat-sized gate in the front fence and dedicates the nocturnal hours to poking its head in and out of same
wild party at the RSL, featuring actual spontaneously generated conga line egged on by a Monkees cover man (like a cover band but solo) playing and singing 'Daydream Believer'
drunkard opening door of parked car and requesting the stranger inside give him a lift to Diamond Creek