View Full Version : So, my friend....
12-17-2002, 03:15 AM
He got a parking ticket for $15 here on campus. He wasn't too pleased. So he went and got 1500 pennies and unrolled them in to a sack. He then took the money to them and gave it to them as payment. They then said they weren't a bank and woulnd not accept the pennies as payment. So they basically said they will not take his payment, even though their policy specifically states that they accept cash. so doesn't that mean that since he tried to pay, and they refused to take his valid payment, he doesn't have to pay?
dunno, i just think what they did wasn't entirely legal.
12-17-2002, 04:04 AM
HEY PENNIES ARE MONEY just like dimes,quarters,dollars,
I can remember a time when you'd find me rolling pennies to buy milk at the store for my kids..I pick them up on the street-HEADS OR TAILS side down..pennies are annoying, but when you have enough-they make up very good stuff..those people were just too lazy to roll them.
12-17-2002, 04:52 AM
i remember when i was in junior high, there was this kid who was not very well off, and he had massive allergies, so a lot of the kids used to make fun of him...
well, i remember some of the crueler ones would roll change, like pennies and nickels, thru the quad, and this dude would chase after them... it was really sad... :disa: kids can be so mean...
12-17-2002, 08:29 AM
"Legal tender for all debts public and private"
Sounds like your friend is going to get screwed though since they will just say he never paid. Get it on tape or something so you can prove he made an attempt to provide payment and was refused.
12-17-2002, 08:38 AM
make them provide a sealed receipt saying that they refused payment because "they aren't a bank".
12-17-2002, 08:57 AM
My friend rented a tux once, and got all pissed that they wouldn't take a check. So he went to the bank and got $100 or so of rolled coin dumped them in a bag and handed it to the cashier. After causing a big ruckus at the store, they gave in and took his money :D
12-17-2002, 10:11 AM
I got a traffic ticket and paid it with pennies ($60.50) - http://www.gotapex.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=39365&highlight=traffic+ticket+pennies
After that a sign was put up that said pennies would no longer be accepted for traffic tickets. At least my pennies were in rolls.
12-17-2002, 10:16 AM
I laugh at these kind of things as hard as anyone, but when I think about it, that's a really rotten thing to do. I mean, the first thing I think of is that the person probably did park poorly and deserve the ticket. But the more important thing is that all you're doing is punishing some lady who had nothing to do with your ticket. It's most likely that she wasn't the one out there handing out tickets.
Sorry to sound like an adult. :)
12-17-2002, 10:39 AM
From the Federal Reserve Board FAQ:
Is U.S. currency legal tender for all debts?
According to the "Legal Tender Statute" (section 5103 of title 31 of the U.S. Code), "United States coins and currency (including Federal Reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal Reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."
This statute means that all U.S. money as identified above when tendered to a creditor legally satisfies a debt to the extent of the amount (face value) tendered. However, no federal law mandates that a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services not yet provided. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. Some movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations as a matter of policy may refuse to accept currency of a large denomination, such as notes above $20, and as long as notice is posted and a transaction giving rise to a debt has not already been completed, these organizations have not violated the legal tender law.
Sounds like they have to accept pennies, unless they have specified *before the debt was incurred* that they won't accept pennies as payment. However, good luck getting a cop to arrest them for violating the legal tender law!
Your friend could take his pennies back to the office, along with a copy of section 5103 of title 31 of the U.S. Code and ask then to show where it says he can't pay in pennies. They'll take the pennies just to shut him up.
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