Man Butts Heads With DMV, Gets the Last Laugh

Nick Stafford dropped off 1,548 pounds of pennies on Wednesday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2017 6:32 AM CST
That's a lot of change.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – "If they were going to inconvenience me then I was going to inconvenience them," says Nick Stafford of employees at his local DMV, which received 298,745 unrolled pennies weighing 1,548 pounds on Wednesday. Stafford's payment came after months of butting heads with DMV workers. The Cedar Bluff, Va., man says he attempted to call the Lebanon DMV in September with a "30-second question"—an inquiry about registering a new car—but reached a call center in Richmond and was put on hold for more than an hour. He then got a number for the Lebanon DMV through a Freedom of Information Act request, but was told it wasn't for public use, per the Bristol Herald Courier. Employees eventually answered his question, but wouldn't give up the numbers to nine other local DMVs, Stafford says—so he sued for them.

The suits were dismissed Tuesday, but Stafford did end up getting those numbers, which he posted online. And as a further inconvenience, Stafford opted to pay $2,987.45 in sales tax for two cars with pennies—five wheelbarrows full of them. He bought the wheelbarrows for $400 and paid 11 people $10 per hour to break open rolls of pennies over four hours, meaning the scheme cost him $840. DMV workers spent 12 hours counting his pennies, which jammed a coin-counting machine, reports BuzzFeed. Considering such an enormous task, they were surprisingly "respectful and accommodating," Stafford says on his website. "Moral of the story, NEVER, ever, tell a slightly rebellious, yet knowledgeable and well informed tax paying citizen... he is not 'allowed' to call a phone number that HE is already paying for." (This guy paid his speeding ticket in pennies.)

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