Pennsylvania

Man Tries to Pay Ticket With Bag of Coins; Clerk Refuses

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A Pennsylvania man says he was trying to work out some frustration when he took a bag of loose change to city hall to pay a $20 parking ticket.

Alfredo Santiago of Lancaster grew even more frustrated when the clerk refused to take his money.

Santiago, 34, says the clerk told him he had to roll up the change. When he asked to see the policy, she went to get a police officer. Santiago left without paying.

Patrick Hopkins, the city's director of administrative services, says it's not the city's job to count out $20 worth of coins.

Santiago tells LNP newspaper he won't pay the ticket until the city agrees to take his coins.

If he doesn't pay, the case could eventually wind up before a magistrate.

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