Court House Rejects Coins As Ticket Payment
In Fort Collins, whether you can pay a municipal fine with coins depends on which side of the lobby you’re standing in.
College student Ted Nischan found that out this week when he tried to pay a $160 speeding ticket with the contents of his change bucket.
Nischan, 25, tried to use his coins – which a bank counted for him – to pay the speeding ticket. But municipal court workers refused to take the coins. They said it would take them too long to count them and said he needed to figure out a different way to pay.
Now, Nischan is worried he might lose his license at a court hearing today. He said he doesn’t have much money after paying his rent, and that’s why he turned to his coin bucket to scrape up his fine.
“This is what I’ve got,” Nischan said on Tuesday afternoon, hefting his blue coin-filled bucket. “Please take it. It’s real money.”
Nischan is frustrated because he considers coins perfectly legal tender. He said he’s not trying to make any sort of political statement or protest.