Disgruntled man delivers 298,745 pennies to DMV

Workers at the Department of Motor Vehicles can expect more than a penny for this Virginia man's thoughts.

Nick Stafford made a spectacle in the DMV office in Lebanon, Virginia, when he carted in five wheelbarrows of pennies to pay a sales tax on two vehicles.

"If they were going to inconvenience me, then I was going to inconvenience them," Stafford told the Bristol Herald Courier.

Stafford was peeved with the DMV, he told the local paper. Back in September, when he reached out to the Lebanon DMV for information about which of his four houses to file for licensing his son's car, he was rerouted to another office in Richmond.

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So, he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to receive a direct number for the Lebanon office. He contacted the office to find that the number wasn't intended for public use. Still, after several calls, his licensing question was answered.

Stafford then requested the direct numbers to the other nine local DMVs - which he says the Lebanon office denied him.

He went to court to obtain the other numbers.

After filing three lawsuits against the actual DMV, and two specific employees at the Lebanon DMV, Stafford's lawsuits were dismissed by request of the state once a representative provided him with a list of the requested numbers.

"The phone numbers are irrelevant to me," Stafford said. "I don't need them. I told the judge 'I think I proved my point here.'"

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"I think the backbone to our republic and our democracy is open government and transparency in government and it shocks me that a lot of people don't know the power of FOIA," he said.

But the cherry on top was Stafford's final game move. Stafford paid eleven people $440 to help him scatter hundreds of rolls of pennies into five wheelbarrows he purchased for $400.

He then rolled the 1,600 pounds of pennies into the Lebanon office to satisfy his $2,987.14 sales tax debt to the DMV.

And workers at the local DMV had to spend hours counting the pennies by hand after jamming the coin counting machine.