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8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« on: July 30, 2009, 06:39:14 PM »
A man whose car was towed and made to pay $88 dollars to retrieve his car back wants to pay the fine in 8800 pennies.

8,800 PENNIES!!!

Offline Cold Heritage

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 06:40:54 PM »
. . . and to think they're going to take tazers away from the police, instead of broadening the situations under which they can use them.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 06:42:09 PM »
From the video, pennies are legal tender and are to be accepted as payment. I have no idea if it is true or not but if I were ever angry at a place for jipping me, I would be tempted to try paying them in pennies. Watch out phone companies.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 06:54:14 PM »
Those kids were really stupid and had no concept of what its like to be responsible for every cent in a till. Yea pennies are legal tender, but how can the person know that the three boxes of pennies added up to $88? She did the right thing and called her manager who probably said no way at first, then gave in just to cool the situation.

And also, didn't they hear of coinstar change machines? Not to mention that they're lazy and didn't want to have to roll it in a bank.

I bet they did it on purpose as a prank.

Bleh .. kids.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009, 07:26:46 PM »
Waaaaay back in the day, when I worked at Bradlees (anyone remember Bradlees?) there were occasions when people would come in with rolled coins, or even loose coins to pay for things (frequently boxed sodas, which made me wonder...).  Over in the cash room, which was just behind the cash registers, they actually had one of those coin counting machines.

We were instructed that, if we were confronted with rolled coins or a similar volume of coin, we were to have a supervisor take it up to the window and it was spun through the machines.  We could not accept rolls of coins without opening them - too many cases of someone putting a piece of dowel rod between two proper coins (in case the cashier opened one of the ends).  Once it was spun, the supervisor brought back the paper equivalent for our drawers.

Offline Sabby

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2009, 07:37:35 PM »
Hehe, reminds me of Aqua Teen Hunger Force... Carl and his hooker, and between them is a massive water container filled with coins.

"Aww, come on Candy, theres over 200 dollars in there! Oh, I'm sorry, I guess we're NOT in America. I guess I CAN'T pay you for sex, with pennies"

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2009, 08:04:11 PM »
Those kids were really stupid and had no concept of what its like to be responsible for every cent in a till. Yea pennies are legal tender, but how can the person know that the three boxes of pennies added up to $88? She did the right thing and called her manager who probably said no way at first, then gave in just to cool the situation.

And also, didn't they hear of coinstar change machines? Not to mention that they're lazy and didn't want to have to roll it in a bank.

I bet they did it on purpose as a prank.

Bleh .. kids.

Yes it was a prank and a damn good one. Still By federal law Penies are legal tender and have to be accepted. The woman and her boss were in the wrong. I mean the kids were friendly about it. Calling the cops was the right thing to do.

Offline Serephino

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2009, 08:20:35 PM »
That was just priceless...  Sure, they were being jackasses about it, but it was still funny. 

Offline Paradox

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2009, 08:36:45 PM »
This is somewhat unrelated, but I cannot express how irritating it is when I find people who throw out their change-- they just toss it in the trash can (it's usually pennies). One of my two jobs involved emptying about 50 wastebaskets on a daily basis, and I find about five dollars in pennies on a yearly basis. That's in one building. Imagine how much money people are throwing away across the United States. It's friggin ridiculous.

Offline Serephino

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2009, 08:39:49 PM »
I keep mine in a little trinket box.  When it gets full I take it to my bank where they have one of those coin counter machines. 

Offline Paradox

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2009, 08:42:31 PM »
I roll mine the old-fashioned way, that was I can take a look at the dates to see if there are any rare ones; for instance, quarters and dimes from before 1965 were made of silver, so they're more valuable. You can find some wheat pennies, and I even found a few steel pennies from during World War 2 when the government required a ton of copper for conduction in their naval vessels.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2009, 08:45:03 PM »
I have a Mercury Dime around here somewhere (fair condition at best, so it's worth maybe 11c).  As it is, I'm saving my normal change in an old tea canister so I can treat myself to some new projects.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2009, 09:01:11 PM »
From the video, pennies are legal tender and are to be accepted as payment. I have no idea if it is true or not but if I were ever angry at a place for jipping me, I would be tempted to try paying them in pennies. Watch out phone companies.

Not necessarily. See:
http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/currency/legal-tender.shtml

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2009, 09:04:07 PM »
Interesting and the officers in the video even had to check their booklet to make sure they could say the pennies were to be accepted.

Offline Caeli

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2009, 09:59:30 PM »
I keep my change in my pockets and empty them when I start chiming while I walk. XD I usually save it to take to the bank after I fill up my bunny bank. The porcelain bunny (I'll take a picture sometime, it's absolutely adorable) was half-filled, once; I emptied it out to count change, and had over $20 saved up over the course of the academic year.

But seriously. 8,800 pennies... yeesh.

Offline Kurzyk

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2009, 10:12:19 PM »
I just cashed in all my change from tips for the last few weeks and made $60.  :D

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2009, 10:15:37 PM »
Not necessarily. See:
http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/currency/legal-tender.shtml

Yes an example of this would be the little newspaper stand guy being asked to take a $100 bill at the beginning of the day to pay for gum.

No way. heh

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2009, 10:27:14 PM »
Pennies are legal tender and they can be used to pay any debts public and private. However, the feelings of the person who had to count all that, are not subject to U.S. currency laws.

He's most likely to be called a "douche".

God bless Coinstar.

Offline Limoncello

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2009, 12:17:41 AM »
God bless coinstar is correct. I would feel the same way as the lady. Who would want to count 8800 pennies. It would suck after the first 1000. Though it was still a funny prank.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2009, 05:34:47 AM »
Muhahaha xD My old classmates and I did that xDD We were in 12th grade (last one), the last month before graduation and the school board forced us to gather money for the school to change the windows - like we cared, we were graduating, so they really shouldn't have made us pay for something we weren't going to be using, but in the end the headmaster said 'Either pay or you're not getting your diplomas' and we gathered the money, went to the bank and turned them into a bunch of 1 pennies and we took like ten bags to her office and forced her to count all the 800 dollars :3 It was the best day of my life. xD Hated this woman :x

Offline Lilias

Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2009, 05:37:24 AM »
I used to work for a major public transport company. We had people repeatedly trying to pull that prank on us - paying a €48 fine in loose change. They lost their smirk when told that there was no coin counter on the premises and they had to go to the fares department, six stations away. Loose change is legal tender, but nobody can force an employee to waste work time counting it out.

On the other end, we had someone come in and complain because he couldn't buy a €0.70 ticket with a €500 note at the start of the day. Go figure.

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2009, 07:44:47 AM »
"God bless coinstar"? Are you serious?  They take 8.9% of every dollar (9.8% in Canada). I know 8 or 9 pennies doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up if you're putting in a lot of money; you'd be better off taking a little extra time to roll them yourself!

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2009, 08:48:46 AM »
The ones in banks won't charge you if you already have an account.

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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2009, 08:48:56 AM »
But cointstar also trasnfers all your change into Amazon gift certificates if you want them and doesn't take anything from it either.  You get all 100% of your change.  Its great for Christmas time :)

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Re: 8,800 Pennies To Pay A 88 Dollar Fine...
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2009, 09:22:45 AM »
I could have done without the douchey narrative but otherwise this was just pure win.