In many places, the coins are plucked out by the homeless or other needy people.
This benefits them and saves the city from having to use resources to clean them out. Seems like a win-win!
Occasionally though, so much coinage builds up that the cities have no choice but to clean it out.
In the cases where there’s a good chunk of change hanging out in the bottom of a public fountain, the money usually goes toward the maintenance of the fountain, which are generally kept up by nonprofit organizations.
Of course, the most famous fountain in the world to do your wishing in is the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
It has appeared in some of the most classic films of all time, including Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Three Coins in the Fountain, and The Lizzie Maguire Movie when she goes to Rome and gets mistaken for a famous Italian pop star.
An incredible amount of money gets tossed into the Trevi Fountain on a daily basis.
The fountain floor sees around $4,000 worth of coins every single day. That’s a lot of coins. There’s no way all those the coins can just be left in the fountain every night.
So what happens to them?
Do they go toward keeping that fountain majestic and bright? Nope! Do they get collected and kept by fountain cleaners who must be super rich by now?