French Canadian Tries to Pay his Taxes with Pennies

This guy is badass.

A Quebec man, fed up with his skyrocketing property taxes, carted more than 200,000 pennies down to City Hall to pay his bill. But he was denied, and asked to simply cut a cheque.

Normand Czepial of Ripon, Que. — less than an hour’s drive northeast of Gatineau — arrived at City Hall on Wednesday with a children’s pool filled with 213,625 pennies.

Czepial’s property tax bill reportedly rose by nearly $4,000 dollars last year to $6,400. Czepial tried to pay with pennies to protest the hike.

Ripon Mayor Luc Desjardins was surprised to see the stunt, but had to tell Czepial to find another way to pay his bill.

Under the Currency Act, nobody is obliged to accept more than 25 pennies as payment for any product or service. Normand Czepial, unfortunately, was 213,600 over the limit.

What the hell is up with this “Currency Act” bullshit? Since when can the government rule that legal tender is not legal tender? What if this guy works at a shoe repair shop and has been saving the pennies from all those loafers? What if he sells 2-cent stamps for a living? Maybe he sells wooden toothpiques (note the geographically-appropriate French-Canadian-ey spelling)?

Sounds like discrimination to me.

Stupid legislation aside, this has to be the best way of handling unfair taxation ever. Mad props.

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