This is a public service announcement to check your pockets before you throw your clothes in the washer and dryer.
This is what a penny looks like when it gets caught in a dryer motor.
The motor looks the same, but no longer works. Fortunately my husband is very handy and was able to remove the motor. The appliance store wanted $200 for a new motor. YIKES! Not in our budget right now. After a little searching he found a used one on Ebay for $10. Yes, that's right $10. We figured that we really had nothing to lose and bought the motor. My husband put it in and it has been working perfectly for over a week now. I figure that even if it only works for a couple of months we still got our money's worth.
All in all, it still would have been easier if the penny had not been in somebody's pocket to begin with.