Man Cited After Paying Bill With 2,500 Pennies

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by 184550, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Associated Press via NYT:

    Man Cited After Paying Bill With 2,500 Pennies

    It would appear he was cited for how he acted while 'depositing' the pennies. I suspect had he been courteous about the 'deposit', and had not antagonized the staff, there would have been nothing the police could have done.
  2. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    If it's a fair type of currency, they should take it. How could you be disorderly by paying in pennies? Only nice people pay in pennies.

  3. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    He obviously was trying to be an ass by just dumping them on the counter.

    If he had them rolled (in standard 50¢ rolls) and he handed over 50 rolls for payment, it would have garnered a few laughs and odd looks, but no citation.

    Typical news manipulation- read the headline "Man Cited After Paying Bill with 2,500 Pennies." He could have ran into a police car and had an expired license and still receive a citation, all after paying the aforementioned bill with 2,500 pennies.
  4. 184550 thread starter Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Exactly what I was getting at.
  5. edifyingGerbil macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2011

    I imagined this playing when he got cited lol
  6. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia

    Only the Federal Reserve is obliged to accept pennies as a form of payment. Other businesses, persons and banks are not. ;)

    In Canada, there are more strict rules on this:

    A payment in coins is legal tender for no more than the following amounts for the following denominations of coins:

    forty dollars if the denomination is two dollars or greater but does not exceed ten dollars;
    twenty-five dollars if the denomination is one dollar;
    ten dollars if the denomination is ten cents or greater but less than one dollar;
    five dollars if the denomination is five cents; and
    twenty-five cents if the denomination is one cent.
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Man Cited After Dumping 2,500 Pennies Everywhere

    There, that's a better title.

    He's an idiot, but they don't have a misdemeanour to cover that.

  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    I want him to pay his citation, in pennies.

    He knows that there can be no other way!
  9. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  10. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    Made me laugh :D
  11. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    That's not the entirety of the law. A business doesn't have to take your $100 note for $2 of coffee or 500 pennies for ice cream, but if one seeks a judgment against you, any form of legal tender is a valid means of satisfying the judgment (in fact, that's what the phrase "for all debts public, and private" refers to).

    Wow. What an unnecessary bit of legislation.
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Not for Canadians, who abhor confrontations at all costs.

    Which is why we have The Harper in charge, God help us all.

    Attached Files:

  13. JML42691, Jun 5, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011

    JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    That's what my understanding of it has always been. Now if he had done it this way I think it would have been perfectly acceptable:

    EDIT: Also from the same Wikipedia article linked above:
    The question comes down to goods/services vs. debts.
  14. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    Where I'm from, a payment with coins does not have to be approved by the other part if there are more than 25 coins of one specific denomination. That means, if somebody wants to make a payment of 900 NOK with 25 x (1 + 5 + 10 + 20) NOK, the receiver has to take it. But if the person attempts to pay with 30 x 10 NOK, the receiver of the payment can lawfully refuse to accept it.

    The only bad thing if he does, is that the payer can change 10 of those 30 coins to 20 others of half the denomination. Then there will be totally 20 + 20 = 40 coins instead of 30, and the receiver of the payment will have to accept it.

    We have no equivalent rules for banknotes at all, so the ratio legis is obviously that coins are heavy and unpractical to carry around.

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