This apparently happened just before I downloaded Plants vs. Zombies 2. For those not clicking links: a recent update started charging 2,000 coins per lawnmower. Customer complaints were sufficiently loud to reverse that decision.
Just after my previous post, I encountered my first pinata party in PvZ2. Due to perverse randomization in the plants I was given, my party was impossible and ended in less than thirty seconds. If I would like to try another roll of the dice, it will cost 1,000 coins.