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Officials not pleased after Pennsylvania woman pays $200 sewer bill with change

Woman brought a shoebox full of coins to the Millcreek Township Municipal Building.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   April 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa., April 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Pennsylvania were forced to reexamine their policy about accepting coins as payment after one woman had way too much spare change.

A woman brought a shoebox stuffed with coins down to the Millcreek Township Municipal Building and paid her $200 sewer bill with nickels, dimes and quarters.

The woman paid a small part of the bill with cash, but the bulk of the payment was made with coins.

It took four township employees about an hour to count the change and roll it up so it could be deposited in a bank.

"They had never encountered a similar situation," Millcreek sewer and water executive director David Sterrett told the Erie Times-News.

The time-consuming situation was such an issue, the sewer authority passed a resolution on the same day limiting how many coins could be used as payment.

The sewer authority will now only accept $10 in unrolled coins or $20 in rolled coins as payment if people choose to use change.

"We coined the (phrase) 'loose coin policy,’” Sterrett said.

[Erie Times-News]

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