By Not_you17 - United States
Today, I needed to pay off a $35 parking ticket. To try and get some sort of revenge, I went to the bank and got 3,500 pennies, dumped them into a bucket, and refused to pay with anything besides the pennies. They called the police. I was arrested and cited $147. FML
Not_you17 tells us more :
Ok so here is an update, they canceled my $147 fine because I was using 100% legal us tender. However in order to pay off the $35 in pennies they had to either be rolled by the bank or I had to count them 1 by 1, so I rolled 'em.
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  liquidfireKAN  |  0

you can only pay with pennies for something up to 26 cents.. so they did have the right to arrest you + why would you try to get revenge? it was you fault for not putting enough in the meter. ._.

  abbyelizabeth  |  9

Just pay the damn ticket! You don't have to be a punk and cause so much work for the police officers. Not all police officers are idiots. They have work to do and I highly doubt they want to spend their time counting your pennies.

  Sielune  |  8

OP - If you look at similar cases where people were fined for paying in pennies, it was because of their conduct, not the pennies, so you were probably making an ass of yourself.

52 - that was true up until the Coinage Act of 1965, which states that all US coins are legal tender in any amount. Of course, the law doesn't say that they have to be accepted, just that they can't be denied on LEGAL grounds.

112 - Common misconception. There is no limit by law. However, businesses are not REQUIRED to take your pennies if they choose not to do so.


I have a video about this on my youtube channel about how a guy gets arrested for trying to pay with pennies, please check it out my channel is MehdiVideos369 and the video is called "man commits hideous crime".

  thisisLAUREN  |  0

if it's apparently against the law to pay with as many pennies as you desire then they should just ban pennies already! everyone hates them. I worked on cash once and 99% of the people said "keep the change" because they didn't want the damn pennies.

  180CS  |  2

I think the only idiot here is the one taking a comment about what someone else personally thinks and saying that they're an idiot for thinking that.

I think the only douchebag here is the one who feels need to lambast someone for making an "I" statement.

So are you like 16 and your parent's won't let you drive yet, or are you the sexually frustrated 25 year old living in your parents basement?

  itsame0987  |  18

Op's idea of revenge was idiotic. It sounds (doesn't say) like op broke the rolls of pennies and dumped them into a bucket. That had to be a heavy bucket with that many pennies. And if op did dump them out he/she is going to have to roll them all back up to take them back to the bank or find a coin star. Ydi op for an idiotic plan for revenge, way to make more work for yourself.


I highly doubt banks keep that many pennies on hand. I know the bank I work at doesn't.. Seems like an awful waste of $3500 when they have limits on what they can keep in each bank.

By  Jimster1712  |  0

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  ImaginaryFoe  |  0

Of course OP deserves it. How is annoying the cashier, and possibly people waiting behind you, justigiable revenge for your inability to park legally? I'm guessing OP's refusal caused a scene and held up the queue. You do dumb shit, you pay the penalty.

Money's money doesn't mean one form is as acceptable as another. If I got paid in pennies or in foreign currency I had to convert, I wouldn't be pleased with the additional hassle.

  dcaruso  |  1

an institution is allowed to refuse payment by coin if the coin value surpasses that of a 'roll'. in this case... 70 rolls.

that being said, there is obviously information we are not getting... such as how OP reacted when payment was refused.

based on this info and lack of... YDI


40, they are only legal tender up to a certain point. You can't pay any amount with all forms of money, that's just how it is. It stops stupid people like OP paying stupid amounts with pennies.

  Egnar  |  19

Actually 88, you can, as of about 1965 - However what prevents stupid people like OP from doing things like this is the fact that institutions are not required to accept specific forms of payment unless you've entered into contract stating as such. I could pay for a $10 tab in all $1 bills and be denied, but I won't be. . .Because it's not completely retarded.

108, see above - This was true 60+ years ago, not anymore. But once again legal tender DOES NOT mean it is required to be accepted by any establishment other than the federal reserve.

  funnyshitt  |  0

You should sue they have to take it i saw a video where they payed a 67 dollar ticket with pennies and the cops showed up and told the place they had to accept because its legal tender


132, my mistake. I assumed America was intelligent enough to put in place a common sense based law like many other nations and limit the use if certain coins. I stand corrected.

  SonicRainboom  |  3

If it is a debt, any form of legal tender has to be accepted. Being that a ticket involves government institutions and reprimand, any legal tender would have to be accepted anyways. Sue their pants.

  srgsk9  |  9

An institution can deny any form of payment they so desire, including coins and bills. The Treasury does not force anyone to accept all forms of legal currency, which is why stores can deny checks and credit cards.

  bennyboy111  |  7

Yeah a shop is allowed to decline a payment with coins if it exceeds the limit
In australia the maximum amount u can pay for $2 is $12 and is less when you go down in value of the coins
But Im not sure about the American notes because they have $1 notes but probably similar

  TheDrifter  |  23

Most shops in Canada won't accept more than a roll worth of loose coins. Being a dick about it will get you arrested on public nuisance charges pretty quickly in a government building.

  StopDropNRoll  |  11

OP: "Excuse me officer, that fire hydrant and that red line weren't there when I parked here"
Officer: *hands him ticket* "have a good day sir"
OP(to self): "I know how I'll get payback muahahaha"