After carting the fifth and final wheelbarrow of pennies into the Lebanon, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Wednesday, Nick Stafford’s arms were on fire!
The 300,000 pennies the Cedar Bluff, Virginia man took to the DMV Wednesday morning to pay sales tax on two new cars weighed in at whopping 1,600 pounds. For reference, a mature Holstein cow weighs about 1,500 pounds.
Stafford wasn’t pleased with the DMV and he wanted them to know. It wasn’t about agonizingly long lines or a bad picture on his driver’s license: It all came down to 10-phone numbers.
Stafford ended up filing three lawsuits and spending at least $1,005 to give the DMV his 2 cents.
Stafford’s story is quite long, but here is the gist.
Stafford went to register his son’s Corvette back in September and he called the DMV to ask which of his (FOUR) homes he should list as the address for the registry paperwork. The DMV gave him the run around, telling him to call a different number. When he did, he was told that the line was not for the public and he was given another number.
Stafford became irate and demanded the direct lines to certain city officials, which he was not provided. So, he sued.
The law suit was thrown out of court recently, but the judge did provide him with the phone numbers he was asking for. The numbers were irrelevant at that point, so Stafford took matters into his own hands.
After collecting the hundreds of rolls of pennies he needed, he hired 11 people to help him break open the paper rolls with hammers Tuesday night. It took four hours and he paid each person $10 per hour, costing him $440.
Stafford also purchased five wheelbarrows to deliver the pennies. The wheelbarrows cost $400, and he wasn’t going to dump the coins on the DMV’s floor, so he left the wheelbarrows there, bringing his expenses to $840.
He also paid $165 for the three lawsuits, which means he spent $1,005 to get 10 phone numbers and the satisfaction of delivering 300,000 pennies. Not to mention the nearly $3,000 he paid the DMV for the cars.
Stafford is within his legal right. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, “United States coins and currency are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes and dues” under the Coinage Act of 1965.
However, private businesses, individuals or organizations do not have to accept coins as payment.
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