Pinching Penny is a 2011 American independent crime thriller film edited, produced, written and directed by Dan Glaser in his directorial debut. It stars Steven Molony as a British hypochondriac who turns to crime after becoming addicted to consumerism. In Fargo, North Dakota, Alex (Steven Molony), a British hypochondriac, and his Scottish accomplice Murphy (Timothy J. Meyer) set out on a robbery spree to feed the former's self-proclaimed oniomania. After an unsuccessful first attempt, which results in Alex breaking his nose, the duo meet Teddi (Ginny Glaser), a femme fatale, who is not unintimidated by the criminals and manages to seduce herself—by way of Murphy—into their ranks. With Teddi's guidance, the trio decide to gain money by ransoming someone. That night, they abduct a grocery store clerk named Penny (Lauren J. Wertz) and bring her back to their house.