Man brings 300,000 pennies to DMV to ‘inconvenience’ the state

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LEBANON, Va. — A man used 300,000 pennies to pay taxes on two cars at a DMV office in Lebanon, Virginia on Wednesday, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.

Nick Stafford, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, told the paper he wheeled the pennies into the office to prove a point and get back at state government.

He claimed he was given the runaround and forced to sue the state after he was denied direct phone numbers to DMV offices in his area following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

“If they were going to inconvenience me then I was going to inconvenience them,” he told the newspaper. “I think the backbone to our republic and our democracy is open government and transparency in government and it shocks me that a lot of people don’t know the power of FOIA.”

Stafford told the Bristol Herald Courier he hired 11 people and spent hours unrolling pennies and putting the change into wheelbarrows.

6 comments

    • FAUX 6 panders to liberals

      Let me guess, you must be a liberal. A simple phone number should be part of the FOIA and the government needs to learn it can’t go circumventing the laws whenever it wants to, which is what happened in this case. It takes a good citizen to point out the faults and underhandedness of the government so all can see. It takes an uneducated fool to sit there and do nothing and believe everything the government tells you (Right Jokeenthusiast?).

      • Z

        Get off your high horse. We can all agree that taxation is theft, but this guy is a moron, not a good citizen. He exposed no faults or underhandedness (besides what was probably a lazy government employed fool, but that’s it) and he certainly didn’t expose any law being circumvented. The only point he makes is how childish he is. Seriously, all that over a DMV phone number? Google can handle that task effortlessly. But no, why do that? Since he was slighted in the worst way possible, what better way to prove his stupidity than reference the FOIA and follow it up with an overtop act.

  • Taxpayer

    Joke may be on him. Although the penny is legal tender, businesses have the right to refuse certain denominations, like not accepting $100 bills. He could probably be turned away.

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