Fort Collins Rejects Coins For Traffic Fine Payment

By: AP
By: AP

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Fort Collins college student is worried he might lose his driver's license after Fort Collins municipal court officials rejected his coins to pay a fine.

Ted Nischan was rebuffed when he tried to pay a $160 speeding ticket with his change bucket. He didn't have the cash and he says banks wanted to charge him too much money to cash in the coins.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the court said city officials didn't have time to count the coins.


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  • by Bob on Apr 5, 2012 at 01:30 AM
    Pretty sure coins are legal tender as well as paper dollars. Suitable for all debts, public and private. That's a bunch of garbage to not take this man's payment. If it's not posted 'paper cash, check or credit card only', then they should have to accept it as payment.
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      by Bill on Apr 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM in reply to Bob
      Wouldn't matter if it was posted. According to the U.S. Government, those coins are legal tender for ALL debts, public or private. Don't care what they post on the wall. If they refuse it, then the bill would be considered satisfied in full. Ask a GOOD lawyer to represent you on that one. They will have a field day with it.
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