A Businessman in Virginia decided to get back at the officials by forcing them to count almost 300,000 pennies for his tax bill. Nick Stafford has not had the most pleasant of experiences with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Lebanon, Virginia, after a row he had with officials there. According to Bristol Herald Courier, Stafford contacted the DMV to check which address he should use in order to register three vehicles and pay the sales tax.
The DMV refused to provide him with direct phone numbers on who he should contact. Hence, he submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act asking for a direct number, which was eventually provided. When he called the number, he was told that the number was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.
Though his query had later been answered, Stafford demanded to have the direct numbers to nine other tax offices, but was again refused. He then filed three lawsuits for the DMV and its employees to be fined, but the cases were dismissed.
“It shouldn’t matter if you pay $300 per year in income taxes or pay $300,000 per year in income taxes like myself, because the backbone of a free democracy/republic begins with government transparency, period,” said Stafford.
Stafford adopted his own way of dealing with the DMV, and decided to spend about $1,005 to purchase five wheelbarrows, and hired people to count 300,000 pennies that he used to pay the tax bill.
“My bank had to have the pennies brought in on a big truck. They had to special order those from, I guess, from the U.S. Mint,” Stafford told Inside Edition. “When we got the pennies from the bank they came rolled, so, instead of taking the pennies in rolls to the DMV, we paid 11 people to come with hammers to break up the penny rolls,” he added.
When the massive load of coins was delivered to the DMV, the employees on duty had to count and confirm that the amount paid was correct.Stafford said that spending the extra money was worth it. “Absolutely worth every penny of it. It cost a lot to get the pennies down there but I think I proved my point and that in and of itself is priceless,” he said.