Car Dealer Gives Woman Refund —in Pennies
He empties jars to comply with DMV order
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2014 7:07 AM CDT
"It is legal tender," says Ed Di Miranda at Holiday Motors.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Newser) – A Florida car dealer ordered to give a refund to a customer whose car had transmission problems grudgingly coughed up—by emptying his penny jars. A 23-year-old international college student says the DMV told Holiday Motors to give her a $400 refund after she was charged for labor costs not mentioned in the warranty, reports First Coast News. But when she went to pick it up, "there were some $1 bills but mostly pennies, like two full bags."

The man who runs the dealership says business has been slow and only around $85 of the $400 is in coins. "I am doing what DMV asked me to do," he says. "It is legal tender." The angry customer says she left the bags of coins behind at the dealership because she didn't have time to count every penny. If she gets a bank to do it for her, it could cost her up to 5% of the total, while Coinstar machines will take a little more than 10%, USA Today notes.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 25, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
The return of old fashioned service in banks is taking some traction. Remember the episode of, "American Restoration" where Rick is tasked to turn an old gas pump into a change counter? So the customer goes into the bank and dumps their loose change into the gas pump front opening and presses a button then when its done it prints a ticket and they take it to the teller for their cash. You used to be able to do this at casinos. I would transport all my loose change out there prior to 2005. I would then either use the coins to feed the machines or cash in and use the cash for table games. Then they got rid of the cash cages and you do everything by cash at the machine and it vends tickets. I did get some scorn at the NYNY in 2000 when I took a huge amount of dimes I had from finding them in a storage locker I bought. I was a couple hundred dollars worth. I took them to the cash cage of the NYNY and told them a machine had hit good. The lady said, "Sir, we don't have any dime machines." I then said "Well it must have been at the MGM." She left with the bucket and returned from the back. The hard count room evidently had a counter that could do the job.
Jul 25, 2014 1:13 AM CDT
Car dealerships already have a bad name for being among the most unethical businesses to conduct a transaction with. The owner of Holiday Motors obviously wants the top slot in this category.
Jul 25, 2014 1:10 AM CDT
There is no federal stature requiring her to accept coins as payment. Legal tender or not.