December 5, 2004 in Nation/World

Fine worth a pretty penny – and he agrees

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY – Grant Petersen tried to give officials his two cents – in the form of 8,200 cents.

Petersen withdrew $82 worth of pennies from his bank and delivered them in a bucket to pay an $82 fine he got for driving with a burnt-out headlight.

Court officials are apparently unamused, and have asked Petersen to offer a more “acceptable” form of payment.

They say state policy allows clerks to reject unusual forms of payment, and it’s going to waste county resources for someone to count all that change.

Petersen says he doesn’t plan to honor that request. He says money is money, and U.S. law provides that coins are legal tender.

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