City of Frisco employees spent up to three hours counting change after a local man decided to pay his $212 speeding ticket in pennies. Brett Sanders received the ticket, which he believed to be unjust, for driving 39 mph in a 30 mph speed zone. He documented his protest on YouTube and said he hoped to "clog up the system" as he felt the ticket was "extortion."
Screen capture/Brett Sanders/YouTube
FRISCO, Texas, June 1 (UPI) -- A Texas man collected two buckets of pennies to pay a $200 speeding fine in an act of protest against the city.
Brett Sanders of Frisco, Texas shared a video to his YouTube channel, depicting the process which included collecting the pennies from a local bank before dumping them off at Frisco Municipal Court.
"I'm not a big fan of extortion. I was convicted by a jury for driving 39 in a 30 and was subject to $212 at the barrel of a gun," Sanders wrote.
The video shows Sanders arriving at the Frisco Municipal Court and speaking to the women behind the counter before bringing in two buckets with the words "Extortion payment" written on them and dumping the nearly 22,000 pennies on the counter.
Sanders, who works as an IT professional and makes "Liberty Oriented Media" on his YouTube channel, told CNN that he felt that the reasoning behind the ticket was unjust and said he hoped his payment would work as a protest.
"Not only am I [ticked] off about this ticket and paying with pennies to clog up the system, but I also want to protest the whole racket," he said.
City of Frisco spokeswoman Dana Baird also told CNN that two-coin cashing machines were used to count the pennies over the course of three hours.
"There was an overpayment of $7.81," she said.
Sanders received a call about the overpayment but said he had no interest in collecting his change.