Bad Pennies!

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    Penny offense: Man fined for paying fee in pennies | The Upshot Yahoo! News

    Since when are pennies not legal tender???

     
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    :lol:

    My uncle used to own a small gas station. This was back when gas was around 30 cents/gallon.
    A man came and got $5 worth of gas and laughed as he handed Dick a 100 dollar bill.
    Uncle Dick quietly took the bill into his his office and returned with $95 in rolled coins
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    (at least they were already rolled)
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    On the other side of that "coin" (so to speak), I recently checked out of a parking garage with nothing but a bunch of twenties in my wallet. The charge was three dollars. I handed a twenty to the jerk, apologizing as I did so and telling him all I had was a bunch of twenties. No response. He simply counted out seventeen ones and handed them to me. He had fives and tens in there - he just handed me seventeen ones.

    I plan to return to that parking lot - care to guess how I plan to pay the three dollar toll next time?
     
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    My only complaint with this is that the guy should have rolled the pennies first. Now he's stuck with a $140 fine. He should pay that in wrapped coinage.
     
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    That was the point of his paying the fine in pennies, to give them a hard time collecting it. It's a form of protest. Besides last I heard, pennies are legal tender.
     
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    There is no way this ever results in a conviction or requires the payment of any fine. This is not "disorderly conduct" - at least not on the facts as stated in the news article. Now if, in addition to trying to pay with pennies, the guy also spat on the counter or created a public scene or did something else that truly amounted to disorderly conduct, then maybe.

    But on the facts as set forth in the article, there is no crime here.
     
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    I disagree. The article clearly says he dumped the pennies out on the counter. Who knows what transpired from dumping those pennies out all over the place, or what kind of problems that caused. Did they spill out onto the floor? Did they cause others to have to be delayed while he was being taken care of? I can CLEARLY see where this MIGHT be a non peaceful protest. Unless you believe that non peaceful only applies if things get violent.
     
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    Yea, I imagine 2500 pennies would make a helluva racket, and I'm sure he wasn't quiet and subdued when he "demanded they be counted"
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    If I were the clerk who the guy handed the pennies to, I certainly would have accepted payment. Kept him there the entire time that I SLOWLY counted said pennies and wrapped them. Then when I wrote out a receipt for payment I would have shredded it into a million pieces and handed it to the asshole.
     
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    Sounds like me. :lol:
     

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