This guy paid a speeding ticket with 22,000 pennies


A Texas man paid a speeding ticket with thousands of pennies in protest of the fine.

Brett Sanders was found guilty of driving 39 mph in a 30 mph zone.

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Man pays speeding ticket with pennies

“I didn’t hurt anybody,’ Sanders told NBC Chicago. “I didn’t endanger anybody’s life.”

He tried to fight the ticket but lost. He decided to pay the fine in the most civil disobedient way possible, with buckets of pennies, and posted a video of the payment on YouTube.

“When my fine came due, I just decided I may as well pay with pennies and we’ll make a big spectacle of it,” Sanders told NBC Chicago.

He breaks apart $212 worth of pennies from their paper rolls and dumps them into 5-gallon buckets painted with the words “extortion money” in yellow on them.

He walked into the office asks if they accept exact change. They do. He leaves and returns with the buckets, pouring the penny contents all over the clerk’s desk.

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Sanders actually overpaid by $7.81. He said the city can keep it.


It is not against any rule to pay with pennies, city staff told NBC Chicago. It is actually the second time someone has paid a fine with pennies.

CLARK TIP! By the way, if you ever end up with a stash of 22,000 pennies at home, cash them in at your bank instead of a coin collecting machine that charges a fee.

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