Paying a Parking Fine with Coins

The Parking Fine.

Paying a parking fine with coins.

Will Cash be King and Queen.

I decided to park my car above the Woolworths Supermarket in Fitzroy and catch a tram for my hospital appointment. Normally this parking area is not policed by the council so it is considered a fairly safe area.

On returning to my car, I noticed the dreaded slip of paper on the windscreen neatly tucked under the window wiper. I resigned myself to just paying the $96.00 parking fine in the knowledge that it would help to pay the salaries of the CEO and her henchmen.

I went and raided my piggy bank as things are tight in the money department and counted out $96.00 dollars of hard-earned coins scrapped from the bottom of draws, picked up from pavements, left over from shopping trips, the years and years of life all placed dutifully into my piggy bank.

The collection of $96.00 of coins contained an assortment of about 300 in number, all bearing her majesty Queen Elizabeths image on them. I presume an image that presents us villagers with a belief that these coins have a guaranteed value sanctified by God who has ordained our queen, now a king and gives us the belief that the value of our coins is as stated and stamped by her own image.

I placed the coins into a bag and drove down to the Collingwood Town Hall in The City of Yarra to pay the fine.

I entered the town hall which was built in 1887 most likely funded from the pennies and farthings extruded from the surrounding population, many of whom resided in wooden huts if they were lucky. The people from where the mighty magpies were formed in the land of black and white, where a man calls a spade a spade and knows how to use it. The much loved and hated Collingwood Football Club.

I entered the foyer and was greeted by the receptionist who asked me what I required. I explained to her that I had come to pay a parking fine. I handed over the parking infringement notice and my weighty bag of coins apologising for the method of payment.

She informed me that it would take some time to count the money and please take a seat.

I took a seat and soaked in the opulence of the structure which I was encased in, its high ornamental ceilings, the grandiose solid timber entrance door and all of those trappings contained within the confines of a Castle. I contemplated the blood sweat and tears of those who had toiled in the time this building was built without running water or a sewerage system whose parents had travelled to Australia bound down in iron chains because they happened to be penniless and taken a loaf of bread to prevent their children from starving to death.

After about half an hour I was called back to the counter where the receptionist had a pile of plastic coin bags. She requested that I sort the coins into their denominations and place them in the bags. I explained to her that it was not I who had issued the parking infringement notice and that it was my obligation to pay the fine but not to sort the coins. I assured her that there was $96.00 in the bag and therefore the fine was paid. It was up to The City of Yarra to count the coins.

I returned to my seat. After another ten minutes another person called me to the counter. She explained to me that I would have to take the coins to a bank and get them changed into notes. Immediately I thought were am I now going to find a bank, they have all been closed and if I did happen to find a bank would they count the coins and exchange them for notes, how long would this take and would I get a parking fine again? Would I be charged by the bank for changing my hard-earned coins into notes?

I stood my ground and explained that I had come to pay the fine, there was $96.00 in the bag and that I would leave the bag and the infringement notice with her because as far as I was concerned the fine was paid.

I was then told that an amount above $10.00 in coins is not considered to be legal tender and she came armed with a piece of paper which she firmly placed upon the counter. I did not engage with the piece of paper and reiterated that I had come to pay the fine, the amount of $96.00 was in the bag as payment for the fine and as far as I was concerned the fine is paid. I explained to her that if this was a problem perhaps, they could discuss it in the court. I then firmly stated I was leaving, leaving my name and phone number, the bag of coins and the infringement notice on the counter. 

We shall see what happens next? Hopefully common sense will prevail and somebody in the City of Yarra will count the coins and the parking fine will be market as paid.

The other scenario which may well occur is that the bureaucrats within the fiefdom of The City of Yarra being part of the Colon-y of Australia will hand it over to the legal department.

 Let us acknowledge that the Australian Judicial/Legal system is formed from an exploitive colon-ial structure whose sole purpose is to  plunder from the villagers, as it was formed from a genocide under the premise of Terra Nullius in a land without a treaty, where respect for family and community are not intwined into the fabric of Australian Law.

The members of this gang of thugs operate under a military style code, the purpose of which is to rule over the civilians without any form of accountability. If they see an opportunity where by they can get their beaks into the pie by some form of legal premise that advantages their own pockets, then many of this motely brigade will go forth and plunder. After all the lawyers representing the City of Yarra will be paid by the rate payers (the community) their fees will be about $2000 to collect $96.00 in notes instead of coins.

In a Boolean world where we are all going to be reduced to an identity of zeros and ones, they call it a digital identity run by soulless zombies who are addicted to their mobile phones and the internet while travelling on trains and trams a Silent Spring before our very eyes, we used to converse with one another on the tram or train now a lost art.  It could well end up in a court.  

The question will be. Is cash the King or Queen, as is embossed on every single coin in that bag?

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