http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upsho...y-offense-man-fined-for-paying-fee-in-pennies Penny offense: Man fined for paying fee in pennies By Claudine Zap ...The story, reported in the Salt Lake City Deseret News, describes the "penny offense" this way: West, 38, did not believe he owed the medical clinic $25 but came in to pay the fee in person. He first asked the clinic staff if the facility accepted cash payments, and then dumped 2,500 pennies onto the counter and demanded that they be counted.... I believe his mistake was dumping the pennies on the counter. If he had left them in a bag and asked for a receipt I don't think they could have charged him. If I recall my high school business law class correctly, if a business refuses to take American currency then what you wanted to buy becomes free.