- Aug 10, 2005
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I think we’ve done that on another thread.Link to the story
Headline: 90,000 greasy pennies dumped on Georgia man's drive as final payment after quitting his job
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Gist of the story: Chap leaves job on bad terms. Employer pays him $915 in pennies contaminated with grease. Chap spends ages cleaning them.
In a meaningless Fortean coincidence, the total value of the coins is £666 according to the article. (I haven't checked the exchange rate.)
This happened in America, but this sort of stunt could be challenged if it happened in the UK as this amount of copper coinage is not "legal tender". I remembered the gist of this from my basic English law training many years ago but looked it up today:
Edited extract from Wikipedia:
At the introduction of decimal currency, and the Coinage Act, 1971, laid down that coins denominated above 10 pence became legal tender for payment not exceeding 10 pounds, non-bronze coins denominated not more than 10 pence became legal tender for payment not exceeding 5 pounds, and bronze coins became legal tender for payment not exceeding 20 pence.
Throughout the United Kingdom, coins valued 1 Pound, 2 Pounds, and 5 Pounds Sterling are legal tender in unlimited amounts. Twenty pence pieces and fifty pence pieces are legal tender in amounts up to 10 pounds; five pence pieces and ten pence pieces are legal tender in amounts up to 5 pounds; and pennies and 2 pence coins are legal tender in amounts up to 20 pence.