Penny Payer

Brett Sanders recently did his part to "end the police state" by paying his $222.60 speeding fine with pennies.

Of course, paying a fine with pennies isn't unusual, but Sanders filmed himself paying the fine, so the entire world gets to witness his elaborate preparations.

It's not clear to me if the municipal court accepted the payment. It has the right to demand that the pennies be in rolls.... which is a detail that penny payers, while crafting their revenge schemes, often overlook.

More info: Washington Post

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 01, 2016
     Category: Pranks and Revenge

Speeding tickets are simply a form of road tax. Most people don't get more than one every five years. Just pay it with good grace and move on, instead of trying your best to be the biggest asswipe in the county. In a real police state, you wouldn't have been fined, you'd have been dragged from your car and beaten to within an inch of your life then left on the the side of road while your car was confiscated by the state.

Posted by A Nonny Mouse on 06/01/16 at 09:44 AM
As I understand, coinage and paper issued as legal tender by the U.S. government really cannot be refused as exchange for legal transactions. Rules are one thing, but the law is supposed to be followed by public servants and refusal is not following the laws passed by Congress.

The preceding is just my opinion.

In keeping with Alex's observation, I once painted a car with pennies. I had accumulated around one hundred dollars in mostly pennies and spent time to roll them up and take them to the bank for exchange.
Posted by KDP on 06/01/16 at 03:42 PM
Pennies make great washers, especially where steel ones will quickly rust. They are also much cheaper and only need a hole drilled in them.
Posted by BMN on 06/01/16 at 04:30 PM
Big whiny baby gets caught, so acts out his pout by abusing administrative personnel who had nothing to do with his ticket. "Asswipe" pretty much covers it.

If they took them at all, they had no duty to give him any proof of payment until they were counted. At one penny per second, he would have had to sit there for over six hours. And if I was the clerk stuck with the job, I can guarantee you I would NOT finish counting the first day.
Posted by Frank H on 06/01/16 at 05:49 PM
I heard of a man, back in Olden Times, who was assessed a fine, and, determined to be a borehole, brought in a wheelbarrowload of farthings; the judge ordered him to count them all out ALOUD: "Farthing, ha'penny, three farthings, penny, penny farthing, penny ha'penny, penny three farthings, tuppence...four pounds seventeen shillings seven pence farthing, four pounds seventeen shillings seven pence ha'penny..."
Posted by John Ayer on 06/01/16 at 08:57 PM
I agree with the "asswipe" assessment. Does pouring out those pennies of misdirected anger make you feel better?

"Drama queen" comes to mind also. Are you enjoying the big stupid scene you're making? Yay you made the news. I feel sorry for your kids, grandkids, neighbors and complete strangers you'll be telling this story to countless times.

Effing drama queen asswipe.
Posted by Courtney on 06/01/16 at 09:31 PM
I don't know why this even was deemed newsworthy; people have been doing these stunts for decades. He probably thinks he's some kind of hero, but he's just an unoriginal douche. Some people who've done this in the past have been cited for contempt of court. If he wants to fight a contempt charge, I'm sure there's a lawyer who'll take his case, and charge him (ahem) a pretty penny for the trouble.
Posted by Fritz G on 06/02/16 at 07:59 AM
KDP -- pennies will be accepted as payment by courts. However, you can't force the court clerks to count the pennies for you, which is what the penny payers want to do. You have to present the pennies already counted, in rolls. Same thing at banks. That's the rule, created by courts in their own self-interest.
Posted by Alex on 06/02/16 at 08:41 AM
It's not so hard to roll pennies, since you don't really care if there is an extra one or two per roll.
Posted by RobK on 06/02/16 at 11:25 AM
Don't know if the rules for commercial transactions differ from those for government transactions, but I was recently in a Wendy's and they had a sign posted at the cash register that said they did not accept $50 or $100 bills. I assume it's to avoid having to make lots of change or to avoid the possibility that someone will grab the big wad of bills they're counting out for change.
Posted by Jim on 06/03/16 at 06:10 PM
Jim, I think it's more likely that they're reducing their risk of loss from getting a counterfeit high-value bill.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 06/03/16 at 07:44 PM
Banks have the coin counters these days, but I doubt the municipality deals with enough change on a regular basis to justify one.
Posted by GFinKS on 06/07/16 at 08:32 AM
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