Virginia man brings 300,000 pennies to DMV to ‘inconvenience’ the state

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 19:17:42-05

LEBANON, Va. — A man used 300,000 pennies to pay taxes on two cars at a DMV office in Cedar Bluff, Virginia on Wednesday, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.

Nick Stafford told the paper he wheeled the pennies into the office to prove and point and get back at state government.

He claimed he was given the runaround and forced to sue the state after he was denied direct phone numbers to DMV offices in his area following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

“If they were going to inconvenience me then I was going to inconvenience them,” he told the newspaper. “I think the backbone to our republic and our democracy is open government and transparency in government and it shocks me that a lot of people don’t know the power of FOIA.”

Stafford told the Bristol Herald Courier he hired 11 people and spent four hours unrolling pennies and putting the change into wheelbarrows.