Like many of us, a man in Michigan received a parking fine. And like many of us, he wasn’t too happy about it. In an attempt to let the city government know he wasn’t too please about it, he then went to the court clerk to pay his fine in pennies. How much was his fine? A whopping $10 and $1.75 processing fee.
1,175 pennies. 24 rolls. It’s not that much. Not that it matters. How many times have you been in a gas station and seen someone counting pennies for their pack of smokes? Doesn’t the gas station take the pennies and hand over the smokes? Of course. And why?
Because pennies are legal tender.
As the link story lays out, the clerk didn’t feel like dealing with 24 rolls of pennies, so long story short, the guy ends up on the ground unconscious after being assaulted by the security guys at the clerk’s office. To add insult to injury, he was arrested.
He also…ummm…shat himself, if you will.
For trying to pay a parking fine with pennies.
Now he’s suing the city because the whole thing was caught on video. One hopes the city ends up wishing their clerk had just taken the pennies and gotten on with the day.
From Fox2 Detroit:
When Anthony Sevy got a parking ticket in Royal Oak, he wasn’t pleased. When he went to pay his ticket with pennies, he was turned away, choked, and then defecated himself – his attorney claims.
“I don’t think that in everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” his attorney Jonathan Marco said.
Let’s back up. Sevy went to pay his $10 parking ticket in Royal Oak’s 44th District Court in February, but was told he’d have a $1.75 surcharge on his credit card. He wasn’t happy and left.
His attorney says he came back to pay with rolls of pennies. He’s on video with the court officers and his bag of pennies making what his attorney called a symbolic protest.
“He wasn’t happy about it so, in symbolic protest, he brought back penny rolls to pay for his ticket. The clerk wasn’t too happy about that, they refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls,” Marco said.
The entire exchange was captured on surveillance video which Marco showed to FOX 2. In the video, which you can watch in the player above, you see Sevy and the court officer exchange words. Sevy was asked to leave but it didn’t end there.
“As he was leaving the court house with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground. Mr. Sevy passed out and defecated himself,” Marco said.