Chambersburg says man can't pay fine with 2,500 pennies


CHAMBERSBURG — A central Pennsylvania borough is putting the brakes on a disgruntled handyman's attempt at paying his $25 parking fine with 50 rolls of pennies.

Chambersburg officials told Justin Greene his passive-aggressive payment of 2,500 pennies wasn't allowed under a federal rule designating the copper coins as small change — not tender for debts greater than 25 cents.

Greene tells Wednesday's Chambersburg Public Opinion he tried paying with pennies because the $25 ticket seemed high for his alleged violation: parking the wrong way for 10 minutes.

Greene says he immediately went home and picked up the rolled coins. A borough clerk pointed out the penny-precluding regulation on a bulletin board.

Greene tells the newspaper he hasn't paid the fine. He's trying to think of another way to inconvenience the borough.