Stafford was upset because he was unable to find out the direct number to the Lebanon DMV until filing a Freedom of Information Act request. According to Stafford's account, he needed to call several times before he was able to convince a DMV employee to stay on the line and answer his original question. He sued the state of Virginia for the phone numbers to nine other DMV locations, as the Lebanon location wouldn't provide them.
Dealing with the DMV can prove to be a headache, but one tax-paying Virginia man flipped the script and gave his local DMV the headache of counting almost 300,000 pennies by hand.
"My bank had to have the pennies brought in on a big truck", Stafford explained to Inside Edition.
Most of us have had a bad run-in with the DMV, Stafford included.
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"It shouldn't matter if you pay $300 per year in income taxes or pay $300,000 per year in income taxes like myself, because the backbone of a free democracy/republic begins with government transparency, period", he said.
The feud started after the department refused to give him the direct phone numbers of people to contact for him to register three vehicles and pay the sales tax.
Stafford shelled out $165 for the lawsuits, two of which were against specific Lebanon DMV employees and one against the DMV itself, The Bristol Hearld Courier reported.
Naturally, the whole ordeal ended Wednesday with hundreds of thousands of pennies being delivered to the DMV via five wheelbarrows. It took them four hours to do this, costing Stafford $440. He was given the other phone numbers, but a judge ultimately dismissed the cases.
In a Facebook post, Stafford said the government workers were "very respectful and accommodating considering the situation".