Town Changes Rules After Odd Bill Payment
No longer can residents pay up with shoebox full of coins
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2014 4:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Pennsylvania township is asking residents to keep the change. Officials in Millcreek Township have adopted a policy limiting how much change they'll accept from residents paying sewer bills and other fees. One official tells the Erie Times-News that they came up with the policy after a woman showed up last month with a shoebox full of nickels, dimes, and quarters to pay a $200 sewer bill. It took four employees an hour to count and sort the money, so from now on, residents are limited to using $10 in unrolled coins or $20 in rolled coins when paying their bills.

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roninxian
Apr 11, 2014 9:13 PM CDT
Many years ago, the early 1970's I noticed my rent was due 'today'. I rushed across to the office to pay, $150 (a lot in those days), and the property manager refused to accept my payment in cash. Needless to say an argument ensued. The next day I went to try again, no only would she not accept the cash, again, but also imposed a late fee. This ended up in small claims court. To make a long story short, the judge told the property management company and owner that by refusing to accept the legal tender of the U.S. they had "vacated" their ability to receive payment. He not only ruled in my favor, but stated the management company had given up their right to payment for that month, AND they had to reimburse me for the late fee, since the property manager admitted she had refused my cash by the due date. I love small claims court. I got one month's free rent, and the property manager was quickly replaced.
hog_one
Apr 6, 2014 2:22 PM CDT
Maybe they should consider getting CoinStar installed?
A1Tours
Apr 4, 2014 2:05 PM CDT
took FOUR people an HOUR to count just $200 in change?!??! It shouldn't have taken even ONE person an hour - the solution seem to be in hiring more competent / intelligent employees!