Paying with pennies

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Smileyboy, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Smileyboy macrumors 65816

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    I'm wondering if there is any legal issue with paying for a bill with pennies? It's about a $250 bill.
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I don't know about the US, but pennies can be refused by a retailer in the UK if it's more than 50p.You can see why, imagine paying for a 300.00 item with them...Are you annoyed with a retailer?
     
  3. Smileyboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yep. I plan to slow down their progress for at least a few hours... I want them to feel my pain.
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    It's time to scrap the penny. Useless bloody things.
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I think they will probably just refuse to take the money, although you ARE offering money for goods...Maybe a legal eagle here can answer this.
     
  6. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    Or maybe one of our usual armchair lawyers....
     
  7. swingerofbirch, Feb 15, 2012
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    Algonquin J Calhoun here . . . now first off, I'd like you to know that by answering this question I am explicitly creating an attorney client relationship with all members of the MacRumors forums and the advice should be seen as stemming from that relationship.

    Short answer: if you are in debt to someone, and that debt was spelled out as an amount of US dollars, they must accept US currency, including pennies. If you are not yet in debt to someone, but wish to be, say you want to buy an iPad, that person is allowed to charge you in golden coins, frankincense, credit card transactions, whatever they want.

    Including my research time spent on snopes.com, we'll call this a billable hour.
     
  8. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    "Man Cited After Paying Bill With 2,500 Pennies"

    you too can get national news coverage! :p


    link
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    False. They are not required to accept it. They can say write me a check. Try to pay your cell phone or other bills like that and see how it goes.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    and the tenth of a penny at gas stations!

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    reminds me of
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=665847 :D
     
  11. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Does this mean I am in debt to you? I'll send you your $300/hr by Express Mail. Due to USPS weight limits your fee will arrive in three boxes, and I will have to send it postage due, but receiving it should cost no more than $820.
     
  12. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    As your lawyer I am advising you not to be that douchy. That'll be $100 please.
     
  13. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    So in plain English he CAN pay the full amount in pennies?
     
  14. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    I would laugh if they played along, and counted every penny, and just about at the end declare a miss count and start all over again.:eek:
    Do this three or four times and see who laughs.:D
     
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  16. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    From the US Treasury website:

     
  17. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Legal problem, no.

    But it does raise your douchiness quota. Two wrongs don't make a right.
     
  18. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Yep, pretty much the same as the UK....They can simply refuse to take payment in pennies..Kind of spoils things for the OP, but would the clerk actually know? :)
     
  19. Smileyboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok thx. I'll check with my bank. I will make myself feel better at least.
     
  20. skunk macrumors G4

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    Pennies ain't what they used to be. I remember when there were 240 to the pound...and you could buy things with a farthing (that's 0.104p).

    /old fart
     
  21. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    On yer penny-farthing...
     
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    Reminded me of the thread I started on that topic.
     
  23. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    "No legitimate purpose"? I think you can quibble about the method of payment, but this would get thrown out of court in an instant. Paying a bill is a legitimate purpose.
     
  24. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    No the court would nail the guy for it. He did that to cause a scene and as such that would be disorderly conduct. The court would hold it up and more than likely judge would get on the guys case for it as well.
     
  25. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    This has driven me crazy, for centuries. :p

    It's about mindset. Trying to make you think you are shaving a savings on your gas purchase. It's a crock o' ****.

    As for the pennies, if they are in bank rolls they have to accept them, at least up here. Of course that kills his objective, but what can you do?? ;)
     

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