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Paying Traffic Ticket with Pennies

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Tab Burke got a traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone. That's a $271.00 fine.

When he went to the cashier's office in Benton County District Court, he had a suitcase containing more than 27,000 pennies.

A court administrator says Burke dumped a bag full of pennies in the window for the clerk to count.

Court staff says it would take too long to count 27,000 pennies.

Rolled coins are sometimes accepted by the cashier, but that's it.

Burke admits he could've payed his fine with a check or cash. But he says he's been racially profiled in other traffic stops and wanted to send a message.

"I felt if they were going to take $271 dollars from my family, from a hardworking person that's basically pretty much out of trouble, other than being harassed for the small citations, they should work for their $271 dollars," says Burke.

Burke did trade in about 13,000 pennies for dollar bills. The rest of the money, about $100.00 worth will be donated to Second Harvest Tri-Cities.