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zeitghost
3rd August 2006, 14:49
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/5239962.stm

AtW
3rd August 2006, 15:01
"A spokesman for HM Court Service said: "Anything over 20p in bronze is not legal tender. You don't have to accept it." "


Well, use 5p coints then - its not bronze right?

Lucifer Box
3rd August 2006, 15:09
It means staff have to spend two or three hours counting out pennies and bagging them
Typical thick as shite public sector staff. Take the sack of coins to the local supermarket and empty it into the coin exchange machine. Hey presto, two crisp twenty pound notes in approximately 10 seconds time.

AtW
3rd August 2006, 15:10
They charge for such coin exchange thing, think something like 7% or so.

Lucifer Box
3rd August 2006, 15:16
They charge for such coin exchange thing, think something like 7% or so.
The one in my local Sainsbury's doesn't. It is completely gratis.

Even assuming there is a 7% charge at the court's local supermarket, that's a cost of £2.80 on a £40 fine. Somewhat better value for money than three hours of some public sector worker's time.

Alternatively, they could take it to the nearest bank and say "can you change this for two twenties please, love?", then the bank will count it for them using their money counting machine.

So I repeat, typical thick as shite public sector workers.

AtW
3rd August 2006, 15:18
Even assuming there is a 7% charge at the court's local supermarket, that's a cost of £2.80 on a £40 fine. Somewhat better value for money than three hours of some public sector worker's time.

Well, its not their job to be fair - yet again I have to say that this coinage act is sensible way to deal with nuisance people like that dude. He was convicted of careless driving (much worse than mere speeding), that's a very serious offence that could have easily killed someone - in such cases one does not have to self-incriminate oneself (unlike in speeding cases), so I don't exactly have sympathy for his case.

If want to commit a transaction then its your responsibility to have legal tender - these coins aint for a good reason, so tough sh1t - he has got a choice to offer legal tender or go to jail for non-payment, clear cut case IMO.

Lucifer Box
3rd August 2006, 15:23
I agree, Zeity, old boy. Displays of initiative might infringe on the rights of less motivated staff.

Shame it took them until he'd already paid £540 before they did anything about it which, by their calculations, is 40 hours of time spent counting before they twigged.

wc2
3rd August 2006, 15:24
Could he not simply queue up hand over 20p in pennies. Get them to mark his card (or whatever way payment is recorded) queue up again repeat.

Fecking fat Welsh courts!

AtW
3rd August 2006, 15:28
Plus, the guy got tash and we all know that people with facial hair can't be trusted...

Lucifer Box
3rd August 2006, 15:32
Well, its not their job to be fair - yet again I have to say that this coinage act is sensible way to deal with nuisance people like that dude. He was convicted of careless driving (much worse than mere speeding), that's a very serious offence that could have easily killed someone - in such cases one does not have to self-incriminate oneself (unlike in speeding cases), so I don't exactly have sympathy for his case.

If want to commit a transaction then its your responsibility to have legal tender - these coins aint for a good reason, so tough sh1t - he has got a choice to offer legal tender or go to jail for non-payment, clear cut case IMO.
Yes, yes, I agree with that, but they'd already spent 40 hours counting this fecker's coins before they starting refusing them. If only they'd thought it through first.

AtW
3rd August 2006, 15:37
Yeah, suppose this shows their stupidity.

Cowboy Bob
3rd August 2006, 15:41
They need one of these - http://www.sciencemuseumstore.com/mall/productpage.cfm/ScienceMuseumStore/240022

I've got one and it's the dogs...

DimPrawn
3rd August 2006, 16:04
Offer to sell them one for £500

wc2
3rd August 2006, 16:33
Have you been traumatised in some way wc2, that you'd care to share with the assembled congregation?

Not really, someone who I used to employ had to visit one 9 months ago - He never made it back - He took a detour to Bridgend nick.

Shame I've got to kit out a building next week and I could have done with his help.