Paid His Fine with Pennies, in Protest

It took the tax clerk a full day’s work to count just a bit less that three quarters of one man’s fine money. When the working day was over, Mr. Miroiu was asked to come again the next day, so they could finish the count.

Our hero is a 33 years old man from Constanţa, Romania, who decided that he was going to give authorities a real run for the money that he had to pay for a fine. Silviu Miroiu considered himself innocent of the traffic offence he was charged with, so he challenged everything, from procedure and technicalities to the actual matter of the offence. Eventually, he lost.

And when faced with bailiffs coming to his door, he eventually decided that he would pay the amount. 1000 Romanian Lei, approximately 300 US Dollars, that he exchanged into 20.000 pennies of 5 Bani (subdivision of the Romanian Leu) each. With the amount, he went up to the counter. And you know what happened next.

This is a very popular form of protest in Romania, especially among young people who are charged fines and supplementary taxes. Other similar protests have been previously reported in the past 10 years.

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