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March 27, 2009


$206 in urine-soaked coins is not acceptable payment for a speeding ticket in Washington

(Thanks to Gregg Geil)


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Duly noted.

... taps foot, waiting for Telecomdropout to catch up...

Slow evening, I guess. Interesting that the accompanying photo shows bags of non-US coins. I'm pretty sure they're Australian.

Great. Wish I had read this yesterday!

What about bills?

... dodges a tumbleweed rolling by ...

tum, tee, tum...

Does this mean that they are acceptable for tolls on bridges and turnpikes?

Darn ! Well, I can only plead guilty of working (for a change - it IS payday) really hard.
I need to build me a cubicle, so I can blog with abandon. The unfortunate thing is, I kinda need this job.

Thanks for being such a gentleman, Richard ! That's why I love this blog - so many fine, upstanding citizens hang out here.

See y'all later !

So that's NOT illegal? Urine luck.

Fine, upstan-- Oh! Right! You bet!

I guess he was p!ssed off.

OK. I'm going to hate myself, but I have to say it.

Urine the money.

When you owe money (even to the government), and you present the full payment in legal tender, and they refuse to accept the payment, the debt is canceled. The debt is extinguished by the offer of legal tender in payment, not by the acceptance of that payment. The debtee is required to accept payment in legal tender, and has no choice in the matter. He just needs a lawyer to write the letter.

For an accessible summary, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_tender and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coinage_Act_of_1965

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