47-year-old Washington resident Michael Lynch tried and failed to pay a $206 speeding ticket with a plastic bag filled with coins and urine. Surprisingly, his special payment for doing 54 mph in a 35 mph construction zone didn’t violate any laws…
“It was nasty. It reeked,” said Sgt. Phil Anderchuk.
Anderchuk called a U.S. postal inspector to see if federal law had been broken, and learned that it’s not against the law to mail a box of bodily fluids, as long as it’s properly packed and doesn’t emit an obnoxious odor. (Court staff could only smell the contents once they opened the package).
So the sergeant sealed up the box and mailed it back to Lynch — with $27.30 postage due if Lynch wanted his change back.
The Multnomah County courthouse mailroom supervisor says that obscenity-laced payments are “a common daily occurrence,” and the office refuses to accept more than $20 worth of coins.
Lynch tried to pay the fine with a standard check, but he addressed it to the wrong agency. He tried again, but made it out for the wrong amount. His ticket is now with a collections agency, which might be more accepting of urine-soaked payments.
Washington man streams his anger — but still must pay traffic ticket [The Oregonian]