Skip to comments.California man empties grandkids' piggy banks to pay his $14,000 property tax bill in CHANGE
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.
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What a guy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there any place in this country where we are not just leasing our property???
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 isnt it; this note is legal tender for all debts public and private.
I dont care if it is inconvenient for the poor little bureaucrats? They are legally bound to accept legal currency for a legal debt!
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.
Wow... what a nice little socialist you are... only $3000 in shake down fees to keep what is yours. How kind.
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.
-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.
legal tender for all debts public and private.
I have to wonder, if he hadn’t paid for five years, how was it he still even owned the property?
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!
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.
What does he get for $250 a month?
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.;-)
of course he got a receipt.
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.
“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.
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.
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"?
My first reaction to the photo, also. I’ve spent too many days on the handles of a wheelbarrow to let that one slip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The funding of a pro-homosexual, anti-God Socialistic education for somebody elses kid.