The Fort Collins Municipal Court changed one of its policies after Ted Nischan, a 24-year-old college student in Colorado, tried to pay a $160 speeding ticket in change.
“I went home, got my savings, counted it out and it was $160,” Nischan told CBS4 in Denver.
Nischan’s “savings” consisted of coins in a 5-gallon bucket. The bank would have converted the change into cash, but Nischan couldn’t afford the fee, so he lugged his bucket to the courthouse. City officials refused to allow Nischan to use his coins to pay the ticket.
The Fort Collins Municipal Court has traditionally refused payments in change.
“It’s not the best use of resources for us to spend counting, not once, but twice, to check (that it’s correct change),” said city spokeswoman Kim Newcomer.
Nischan said: “I was just aggravated. It’s just the principle. It’s real money.”
Nischan eventually paid the ticket online. Since the incident, the city has discussed the policy and plans to allow people to pay tickets in change from now on.