Guy Pays £1,200 To Bailiff In Pennies
Sometimes, courts are forced to get the bailiffs round for those who are reluctant or unable to pay their way. It's not a popular job, and you can understand why - so imagine how one businessman felt when he got a visit relating to correspondence that he hadn't received, as it had been sent to his old flat.
A fine that Matthew Lemm got for not filling in some paperwork correctly had built up over six years - meaning he was slammed with a huge £1,200 bill.
Obviously unhappy with what he felt was an unfair fee, he decided to have the last word in the disagreement, packing a huge pile of coppers into the boot of his £50,000 Ford Mustang for the bailiff to take with him.
In a hilarious video, Matthew can be seen showing the pile of coppers to the bailiff, who refuses to take the money.
The 39-year-old says the bill was from 2013 when he used to dabble in buying and selling cars to make some cash.
Speaking to Birmingham Mail, he said that he forgot to tick the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) box to let the DVLA know that the vehicle would be off the road.
Matthew explained: "I received a call from the bailiffs out of the blue.
"They told me that they were acting on behalf of the court and told me to pay a £1,200 debt over the phone.
"He said if I didn't pay then he would go round to my address, which wasn't even mine, and would start removing goods that day."
He told the bailiff he would pay 'every single penny' of the debt - and he meant it quite literally.
"I rang up to pre-order the coins the day before," he said. "Luckily, we deal with the bank daily and they didn't even ask why we needed all the coins - they just handed them over.
"I told them I have every last penny of it and I do have every last penny. Unfortunately for him, though, it's in 1ps.
"Because I'm a legitimate businessman I want a receipt, which means my man is going to have to count it."
Matthew had even prepared for the bailiff, offering him a bucket and spade to help him take the pile of change away.
He said: "[The bailiff] said he would have a locksmith [to] my home and take my possessions on the day that he called me... a little bit extreme.
"I've done this to prove a point - this kind of experience can be a scary thing."
Matthew has received plenty of congratulations from people who've viewed his post and video. One person wrote: "I was in stitches when I saw his face. I can't believe you had the balls to do it - proper class stuff."
Can't argue there.
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