Chambersburg changes policy to accept pennies as payment

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Aug 13, 2015 9:23 AM

Courtesy of the Chambersburg Public Opinion

(Chambersburg) -- Chambersburg has reversed its stance on a disgruntled handyman's attempt at paying his $25 parking fine with 2,500 pennies.

Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill says the federal rule originally cited for rejecting Justin Greene's payment of 50 rolls of pennies is no longer in effect.

Under the old policy, copper coins were not considered legal tender for debts greater than 25 cents. 

But, Stonehill says further research has led to a change in that policy.

He says the borough will acquire a coin counting machine in the next few weeks, so it can accept such payments.

Greene says he tried paying with pennies because the ticket seemed high for his alleged violation, which was parking the wrong way for 10 minutes. 

He still hasn't paid the fine.

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