OK, Fine: Town Caves, Will Let People Pay in Pennies

Guy who protested parking fine says he's so over it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 16, 2015 1:20 PM CDT
OK, Fine: Town Caves, Will Let People Pay in Pennies
Passive-agressiveness has paid off.   (Shutterstock)

Passive-aggression has its day: A central Pennsylvania borough has changed a policy that barred a disgruntled handyman from protesting a $25 parking fine by paying with pennies. Chambersburg officials earlier told Justin Greene of Shippensburg that his payment of 2,500 pennies wasn't allowed under a federal rule designating the copper coins as small change—not tender for debts greater than 25 cents. But borough officials said in a statement Wednesday afternoon following "public uproar" over the matter that officials had used an outdated federal rule in refusing the payment.

Borough manager Jeffrey Stonehill said coin-counting equipment would likely be installed in "the next few weeks"—although he's discouraging anyone from using piles of coins to protest debts. Greene said he's "pretty much over" the incident but still annoyed at the borough's initial response. (More strange stuff stories.)

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