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California man empties grandkids' piggy banks to pay his $14,000 property tax bill in CHANGE
Daily Mail ^ | 1/18/13 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 01/18/2013 10:52:09 PM PST by 444Flyer

Most people think spare change just weighs them down.

But one California man put his to good use - saving up enough coins and dollar bills to pay his hefty $14,000 property tax bill.

Larry Gasper shocked tellers at a Redding bank branch when he showed up with a wheelbarrow full of change this week.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 01/18/2013 10:52:15 PM PST by 444Flyer
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2 posted on 01/18/2013 10:54:37 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: 444Flyer

What a guy.


3 posted on 01/18/2013 11:02:22 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
The only thing missing is the caption. "I'll keep my nation. Ya'll can keep the change."
4 posted on 01/18/2013 11:05:10 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: 444Flyer
From http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/01/california-man-pays-off-13000-property-tax-bill-in-coins-dollar-bills/:

A California man who failed to pay his property taxes for over five years has finally come up with the money ...

Not feeling sorry for a guy who didn't pay property tax for five years. $3000 per year isn't too bad of property tax depending on how big the house is.

5 posted on 01/18/2013 11:05:31 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Really, what you mean is that $3,000 a year is not bad for leasing your property.
No, sorry in California when most of the money goes to unions it is to much, even if the guy were late.
As long as you are forced to pay property tax, the property is NOT yours.


6 posted on 01/18/2013 11:14:13 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: KarlInOhio

True. But he has been under Obamaconomy for four of those five years, and this guy finally did come through. Gotta give him that much.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 11:21:04 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: 444Flyer
Wow, he made some bank tellers carry loads of change. What a great man...

I hate property tax but think this guy is an idiot if he intended to make a statement. It doesnt say for certain in the article.

In any case, he got some media attention.

Unfortunately many government offices have a “no change” policy for payments. The best you'll do is some old singles. Even then, you're only messing with the tellers.

8 posted on 01/18/2013 11:26:57 PM PST by varyouga
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To: svcw

Is there any place in this country where we are not just leasing our property???


9 posted on 01/18/2013 11:27:48 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: varyouga
Unfortunately many government offices have a “no change” policy for payments.

How do they get away with not accepting legal tender (coin of the realm if you prefer) for a public debt?

That is what it says on the federal reserve notes isn’t it; “this note is legal tender for all debts public and private.”

I don’t care if it is inconvenient for the poor little bureaucrats? They are legally bound to accept legal currency for a legal debt!

10 posted on 01/18/2013 11:46:08 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: 444Flyer

That sounds like something one of my elderly uncles could do and did; to pay a government with coins. They tried to bill him for back property taxes that he already had paid. They kept bugging him over and over with phone calls, sending demanding letters and to home visits (trying to scare him they would take his home). One visit, he told the collector not to come back. He showed them receipts that the tax was paid. One day, he had enough. He took a bucket of loose change to pay some dumb fee they said he had to pay anyway even once they admitted he had a zero balance. Of course, he was not very polite. I recall he said something about sunshine. :) The man at the tax bureau was constantly harassing our uncle. He told us not to go down or say anything. He would take care of it. Though, they did bother him for so long. Glad this man in the story paid his bill.


11 posted on 01/18/2013 11:51:22 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Wow... what a nice little socialist you are... only $3000 in shake down fees to keep what is yours. How kind.


12 posted on 01/18/2013 11:52:28 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: KarlInOhio
->>Not feeling sorry for a guy who didn't pay property tax for five years. $3000 per year isn't too bad of property tax depending on how big the house is

I am paying property taxes on my parents home in Virginia-3 acres of land/3 bedroom home and storage building -it’s 288.88 annually.

13 posted on 01/18/2013 11:59:01 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Pontiac
“Don't like it? Take it to the supreme court or President Obama. Next!”

-Response I received to your question after trying to pay in coins from a giant Jabba-the-Hut-esque clerk who was on her 7th donut out of a dozen after a little more than an hour into the work day. She was so fat that she'd roll around the office on some poor little lowest-bidder chair that only supported one third of her bottom.

14 posted on 01/19/2013 12:14:33 AM PST by varyouga
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To: varyouga

legal tender for all debts public and private.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 12:18:46 AM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: varyouga
Public servants.

My A$$!

16 posted on 01/19/2013 12:47:33 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I have to wonder, if he hadn’t paid for five years, how was it he still even owned the property?


17 posted on 01/19/2013 1:03:00 AM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: Pontiac

In South Africa, small change is considered legal tender only up to certain limits. If you have more than those limits, you need to change it at a bank for which you will pay a charge. Saves having to wait in supermarket queues behind those who have obviously just emptied their piggy banks!


18 posted on 01/19/2013 3:08:09 AM PST by Diapason
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To: 444Flyer

Sure it’s legal tender but it’s still stupid. So he’s unhappy paying the bill. Why does he put it on the employees? He’s an ass.

I bet he didn’t go around trying to stuff dollars bills into coin slots (when such things existed) and then complain that the machine wouldn’t take his legal tender.

He would not be happy if he bought something at a store and they gave him his $19.37 in legal tender pennies. He’d probably run to the media and complain.

And he’d love it if he had gotten a tax refund from the feds in pennies.

He could have used the time be wasted pulling this childish prank to do something useful.


19 posted on 01/19/2013 3:12:37 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Not feeling sorry for a guy who didn't pay property tax for five years. $3000 per year isn't too bad of property tax depending on how big the house is.

What does he get for $250 a month?

20 posted on 01/19/2013 3:21:12 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Christie at the beach

Reminds me of my dad. Back in the mid 60’s, he was always receiving junk mail from an insurance company. It really torqued him off for some reason.
So, he took a cardboard box and loaded it up with cow manure. Placed the postage paid return envelope on the box with a letter:
“Stop sending me your crap, and I’ll stop sending you mine”.
He took it down to the post office, small town where everyone knew everybody and told them what he was doing. Of course back then they mailed it.
He received no more solicitation from that company.;-)


22 posted on 01/19/2013 3:32:41 AM PST by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it)
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To: Christie at the beach

of course he got a receipt.


23 posted on 01/19/2013 4:23:51 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: 444Flyer

Folks, this is no big deal for a bank. My bank has accepted bags of coins from me without a problem. They bag ‘em & tag ‘em & send them to be counted, crediting my account a day or so later.

I seriously doubt the bank counted the money on the spot.


24 posted on 01/19/2013 4:53:38 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: RC one

“legal tender for all debts public and private”.

Good luck trying to pay with paper money at The Ohio State University. Talk about a bunch of pissants.


25 posted on 01/19/2013 5:47:35 AM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: antceecee

In my small home in North Tx paying 2800/yr on property taxes. Sure its less comparing to a northeast state but still its a chunk of change for govt to extort. Over 55% of which goes directly to the public school district. Never had any children so why should I pay so much to public education and its Administration when I get zero benefits in return. Its govt theft as I see it.


26 posted on 01/19/2013 5:51:48 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: 444Flyer
The article states that:

he showed up with a wheelbarrow full of change this week.

In the picture you posted, it sure looks like a wagon to me or do the Brits call a wagon, "wheelbarrow"?

27 posted on 01/19/2013 5:52:19 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.)
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To: Graybeard58

My first reaction to the photo, also. I’ve spent too many days on the handles of a wheelbarrow to let that one slip.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 6:03:49 AM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: svcw
As long as you are forced to pay property tax, the property is NOT yours.
Can't disagree, however, one needs to pay for services received, such as schools, sewers, sidewalks, street lighting, police, library, etc.
Problem is greedy politicians abused that by ever increasing tax rates and property assessments to spend on their own pet projects, not for the betterment of the average taxpayer.
29 posted on 01/19/2013 6:05:40 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 9422WMR

My dad kept getting junk from Good Sam travel club. He kept sending the junk back asking to be taken off the mailing list. Finally he taped their post paid envelope to a chunk of granite about the size of a nice pet tombstone with one more request adding “I have larger rocks.”

They took him off of the mailing list.


30 posted on 01/19/2013 6:10:29 AM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: oh8eleven

Over 2/3 of my property tax bill goes to the schools when we home school our children. 1/3 of the taxes we pay for fire protection is wasted on the next township over that does not have a fire department. I pay for a lot of services that I don’t receive. Let me rephrase that, I pay for a lot of theft by my local government.


31 posted on 01/19/2013 7:09:13 AM PST by jimpick
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To: jimpick
Over 2/3 of my property tax bill goes to the schools when we home school our children.

That relates a bit to our situation, too. We have a large house here in Virginia (25 acres around it) and a smaller house in Pennsylvania (15 acres around it), and we pay almost as much property tax in Pa. as we do in Va. The reason? In that county in Pa. they built this Taj Mahal of an elementary school and jacked up the property taxes.

We have never had any children, yet we have the privilege of paying for the educational expenses of other people's children in two states.

32 posted on 01/19/2013 7:37:16 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: jimpick
Over 2/3 of my property tax bill goes to the schools when we home school our children ...
I haven't had a kid in a local school since 1999, but still pay school taxes. Don't mind except for the greedy teachers who won't pull their own weight.
BTW, one of the benefits of high real estate taxes was keeping out the scum who couldn't afford to pay them.
But now we have Section 8 low lifes and their inner city values infesting the suburbs and ruining everyone's way of life.
33 posted on 01/19/2013 8:06:11 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

I live in a small town and the jail is full of scum that has moved here from Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and places of the same ilk.


34 posted on 01/19/2013 8:10:24 AM PST by jimpick
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To: Graybeard58

I think it’s more likely that the journalism major didn’t care about the reality, and just picked whatever words would most conveniently convey HIS message, without having to look too far into the situation. Few care much for facts these days.


35 posted on 01/19/2013 8:17:11 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
What does he get for $250 a month?

The funding of a pro-homosexual, anti-God Socialistic education for somebody elses kid.

36 posted on 01/19/2013 9:49:14 AM PST by 444Flyer
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To: Graybeard58
You're right. Maybe they confused it with these:
37 posted on 01/19/2013 9:59:14 AM PST by 444Flyer
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