David Crigger was surprised to find that his electric bill jumped to $350, so he decided to get even with his utility company:
That many pennies weighs about 170 pounds, so the two men worked to carry the duffle bags into BVU's Lee Highway office.
"We pulled into BVU about 2 (p.m.) and took the bags of unrolled pennies to the pay counter," Almany said. "To make my case better, I noticed a man just paid cash right before me. I laid my bill on the counter and told the lady, 'Here is my bill and I'm here to pay every penny of it.'"
After about 20 seconds of silence, Almany then explained what that meant.
"She seemed shocked and told me, 'We can't take that.' She said we'd have to wrap that up and repeated they couldn't accept it. I asked her if she was refusing my payment and she said she wasn't," Almany said. "They said they didn't have the manpower to count all those pennies and I said as much as BVU is billing its customers, they ought to have all the manpower they need."
http://hamptonroads.com/2009/03/virginia-man-pays-his-350-electric-bill-pennies - via Rue the Day (Photo: David Crigger / Bristol Herald Courier)
Previously on Neatorama: Don't Mess with New Jersey: Paying with Pennies Got Man Into Trouble