Crestview woman pays with pennies to battle bill blues

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

Payment in pennies

"I normally pay my bills ... I have a list of everything I have to pay. I calculate the light bill to be about $140 (on average). That's what I had a credit union check for. But when I got the light bill, it was $225."

So she took matters into her own hands.

That meant getting $173 in pennies from Eglin Federal Credit Union and $50 in pennies from the local teachers credit union, and footing the rest of the bill with cash on hand.

"I took it (the package of pennies) home, unwrapped it and took it back to pay my light bill, and they refused to pay it," she said.

That surprised Reynolds, who noted that Crestview's Gulf Power Company office has a sign that says cash, money order and checks are acceptable payment methods.

"I had no idea, no earthly idea that they would not take my money," she said, adding she brought reading material to pass the time while a clerk counted the change.

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