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OHIO COURT REFUSES PAYMENT OF FINE IN PENNIES
If gold is legal tender in Ohio, copper - not so much. Joseph D. McCarthy forwarded this Associated Press article from Massillon, Ohio. The subject is the recurring theme of people attempting payment in pennies to make a statement, perhaps not realizing that they just aren't legal tender in large sums. -EditorA municipal court has refused to accept a man's payment of 5,000 pennies to cover the first installment of his traffic fines.
Judge Edward J. Elum and Massillon Municipal Court deputy clerk Shane Jackson both declined to accept the delivery of the pennies thrown into a box with packing peanuts and mailed by Philip B. Simer, 27.
Simer spent $14.31 to mail his payment to the court, which sent the heavy package back to him on Friday.
Simer was found guilty of two traffic violations earlier this month.
He was ordered to pay $243 -- or $50 every two weeks -- in fines and court costs.
He used the pennies to make his first $50 payment.
A postal worker had to deliver the large brown box with a dolly, but the Elum and Jackson both refused receipt.
Simer said he has no intention of paying the fines in anything but pennies.
To read the complete article, see: Court refuses payment in pennies (http://www.wkyc.com/print.aspx?storyid=95234)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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