Michigan city rejects pennies for man’s $270 fine

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JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A man who owes $270 to a Michigan city for trash in his yard wants to pay with lots of pennies.

But so far the city of Jackson isn’t accepting the coins.

Brian McGonegal has tried to pay off his debt by making a series of $27 payments with 2,700 pennies.

Jackson Treasurer Randy Wrozek says McGonegal typically shows up with just minutes left in the work day and expects employees to count the coins. Wrozek says, “It’s not practical.”

McGonegal acknowledges the unusual form of payment is his way of protesting the fine. He tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot that he was penalized for having trash in his yard.

McGonegal says Jackson officials are making him pay so they can maintain an image of a “picture-perfect” community.

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  • George

    Where does it say that a person can not make a payment in pennies or what time he can bring them in??? Does Jackson gave a policy or rule you can not pay in pennies, I doubt it very much. Take the guys money!!!!!!!

  • Beth

    You cannot refuse payment of any sort, money is money regardless of denomination. Refusal of payment means invalidation of debt, he legally doesn’t have to pay now.

  • Dee

    Just got refused by a grocery store when I tried to pay with a five dollar roll of dimes. They were rolled! I wasn’t paying my total bill in change. Which was only $20 total. Just wanted to use some of my rolled change.
    What’s next refusal of dollar bills?