Man pays $3000 DMV bill entirely in pennies

A US penny is one cent so $3000 comes to 300,000 coins

He then submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out the direct number for his local DMV, and was given that number - but told he couldn't call it. Calling that number, he was told that the line wasn't for the public, though he eventually got his licensing question answered.

According to Stafford, he made several calls to the local office and employees refused to provide him with the information he needed, which led him to file three separate lawsuits.

Said Stafford, "If they were going to inconvenience me then I was going to inconvenience them".

Stafford claims it ultimately took almost 12 hours for the employees to complete counting the 298,745 pennies by hand. All in all, Stafford spent $1,005 to get 10 phone numbers and drop off a bunch of pennies at the DMV. Stafford admitted to the Herald Courier that he was trying to make life inconvenient for the DMV workers who had been less than helpful for him months earlier.

"The reason I brought this many pennies here was to prove a point to the state of Virginia".

Stafford told the Beeb: "It shouldn't matter if you pay $300 per year in income taxes or pay $300,000 per year in income taxes like myself, because the backbone of a free democracy/republic begins with government transparency, period".

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Less than 24 hours later, he collected hundreds of rolls of pennies to pay his taxes at the DMV.

Stafford explained that he was upset with the DMV for not providing him with a phone number to call and answer questions he had about the vehicle purchase and titling process.

Stafford also purchased five wheelbarrows to deliver the pennies.

On Tuesday, the suits were dismissed at the request of the state "when a representative of the state's attorney general handed Stafford a list of the requested phone numbers in the courtroom".

In a Facebook post, Stafford said the government workers were "very respectful and accommodating considering the situation".

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