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OPINION: “City of New Bedford is extorting us and did nothing but violate my rights and degrade me!”


“I went to 51 Elm Street where you pay your parking ticket and was denied their service due to my payment method.

I was using quarters to pay for a $25 dollar ticket. They pointed to a sign that said they could only take a limited amount of coins. I had called before I went and was told “There was no exact limit to the coins I could use to pay.”

According to the U.S. Treasury, Section 31 U.S.C 5103, and the Coinage Act of 1965 “U.S. coins and currency are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues.”

The city is extorting their own civilians by issuing currency as a government and then turning around and not accepting that same form of payment that THEY issued.

Screw the city and the mayor’s office who did nothing but violate my rights and degrade me. Laurie Elfonco with the customs and border protection who was on site was disrespectful, inconsiderate, a lair, and most of all should not work for such an agency when violating the rights of their civilians.” -Tyler Hancock.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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  1. $25 in quarters. that is 2 and a half rolls. Which is like two handfuls. Nationwide coin shortage but they wont take coins. On the other hand this whole HA I’ll show them I’ll pay in coins is so done and over.

  2. The Biggest Issue In NB Apparently

    Who gives a frogs fat ass

  3. Richard Upton Pikmin

    Even with the information given the actions of the parking clerk seem to be pretty reasonable and lawful.

    -The statement “no exact limit” does not exclude a limit, it only means that there is not a specific one. If anything this implies there may exist a discretionary limit which is consistent with your experience.

    -The City of New Bedford does not issue currency, the federal government of the United States does. While these two are both governmental organizations they are several steps removed from one another.

    -The Coinage Act is as you listed, however even the United States Treasury disagrees with your interpretation. If you visit the treasury website they state, when considering a governmental agency refusing certain types of payment, the following:

    “There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services.”.

    At the very least this represents the Treasury’s policy on the matter. If you consider the city refusing to take coins for a parking fine a violation of your rights then it appears you have much larger windmills to tilt at.

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