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Man Pays DMV in Pennies to Get His Two Cents In

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In a move that made red-tape-haters around the world laugh out loud (literally), a Virginia man used 300,000 pennies to pay a sales tax bill at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Nick Stafford originally tried to contact the DMV to request information regarding the registration for a car he had bought his son. In doing so, he requested their direct number and was told to file a Freedom of Information Act request.

For His Troubles, He Chose to Inconvenience the DMV.

Man Pays DMV in Pennies to Get His Two Cents In

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Frustrated because he was asked to file the request while simply looking for a local, direct number to the Lebanon, VA, DMV, The Bristol Herald Courier reported that he chose to “inconvenience” the DMV in return.

Following Suit, and Then…

Man Pays DMV in Pennies to Get His Two Cents In

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Stafford lives in rural Lebanon, VA. His question referred to an address (a local location) for which his son’s car would be registered. But the local DMV number was automatically rerouted to their office in the state capital, which left him with a sense that they would not properly understand the geography of which he spoke. When he requested the number for his local office, he was asked to complete the necessary form and await the details.

Filing Suit

Man Pays DMV in Pennies to Get His Two Cents In
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Already irked that he was unable to quickly obtain a local number and speak to local government workers, Stafford then filed a lawsuit to obtain the numbers for nine other local DMV’s. He, in fact, won this suit, which cost him $165 in filing costs but delivered. In addition, he spent $840 in the hiring of helpers to unroll coins and the purchase of wheelbarrows to deliver them in – a hefty price tag to say what needs to be said to someone local, but we’re sure he gave them his two-cents.

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