And it’s not legal to not accept currency. What assholes.
I’m no lawyer, but see my above post. I believe this is incorrect. Besides, the government does this all the time–just walk into the local driving center. Most likely it’s “no cash”–checks or credit cards only.
Actually if you read my above post you will see that government agencies have no choice but to accept cash. Until recently in the DMV here in NJ the only form of payment was cash or check. They only recently were set up for CC transactions.
Umm… I did read it, did you read it? There is nothing in the answer that says that government agencies must accept cash. It merely says that: “This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor” and further that “There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services”. It is ambiguous on whether or not government agencies must accept cash.
It’s great that the local DMV around you accepts cash, the ones around me do not (although it’s certainly not unheard of for policies of state and federal agencies to break state and federal laws).
I really don’t understand why someone wouldn’t accept pennies as payment–it’s really not a big deal at all to take the bag of pennies to the bank and deposit them. Since whoever you’re paying has to go to the bank anyway, giving them pennies really only inconveniences you, since it is you that either has to go out and get the pennies or count the pennies at your home.
Whether or not giving someone pennies is an effective or clever way to say “fuck you” aside, I still don’t think it’s illegal for some place–whether private business or government institution–to refuse some form of currency.
Of course as I said I still think it’s a bit silly that you could be arrested for wanting to pay in a certain currency. The manager who says “I’m gonna call the cops on you” is just as immature as the guy who thinks paying in pennies is a clever way to say “fuck you”.