A US businessman settled his $3000 sales tax bill with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday using five wheelbarrows holding 300,000 penny coins.
Nick Stafford, from Cedar Buff, Virginia, reportedly delivered so much of the copper currency that the DMV’s automated counting machines could not cope with the volume. It took staff about seven hours to count it all.
Mr Stafford has been locked in a dispute with the DMV over direct phone numbers for the government agency.
Mr Stafford told the BBC that he made his protest because he wanted government departments to be more responsive to public inquiries.
“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,” he said.
The feud started after the department refused to give him the direct phone numbers of people to contact for him to register three vehicles and pay the sales tax.
He reportedly filed a Freedom of Information request to be given a direct number. He was given a number but after phoning it was told it was not supposed to be used to answer the public’s inquiries.