Irate Driver Pays $137 Fine With 137 One-Dollar Origami Pigs
When a Houston, Texas man received a $137 ticket for an expired inspection, he didn't get mad -- he got creative.
"I got this ticket in a town where the cops (and absurd red-light cameras) are pretty much a money trap and that's it. I decided to pay in an appropriate manner," he wrote under his hilarious video on YouTube, which has already received over 900,000 views:
The man, who only goes by Bacon Moose and declined to provide his name to media outlets, slipped a cell phone into his shirt pocket before delivering 137 American one dollar bills, all individually folded into 137 origami pigs, and handing them to the New Jersey Village Municipal Court clerk in two doughnut boxes.
"The doughnut boxes were an afterthought," Bacon Moose told the NY Daily News. "As I was making the pigs, I thought, I have to bring them into the courthouse somehow ... where do I put them?"
The pigs on the other hand, took about six hours to fold at two minutes each, but the reaction on the clerk's face was totally worth it. After randomly disappearing for a few minutes, the clerk returns to find the open box waiting for him and all the little green piggies in a row:
"I am not going to sit here and unfold all of that," he says, while Bacon Moose raises the point that these pigs are legitimate currency and calmly tells the clerk that he would've paid by credit card, but there's a 5% fee.
"How different is this than if I just had random crumpled bills in my pocket?" Bacon Moose asks innocently, before the clerk explains Moose needs to unfold each of the bills separately before they will be accepted.
"You can count them?" Moose counters, rubbing it in by proceeding to count each pig right in front of the clerk. This is when the clerk calls in a cop to reinforce his point. The cop takes one bewildered look at the box and asks, "Why would you do that?" to which Moose responds, "Times are tough." The clerk clarifies, asking why he would take the time to fold them like that?
"Well, most people have those things called piggy banks that they put their money in," responded Moose.
The discourse continued for a few more seconds before Moose eventually agrees to unfold the bills, noting on the video that it took the clerk eight minutes to count the bills and only three minutes for him to unfold them.
All in all, both the cop and the clerk were good-natured about the whole exchange, taking out camera phones of their own to photograph the bills for posterity. "Little piggies in a doughnut box. I got it, I got it," says the cop as he takes a picture. The clerk was also amused:
"I will give you props," he tells the man. "You have made me laugh for the day."
For the most part, the clerk holds it together until Moose brings the unfolded bills to the table having saved one bill in its prior pig shape: "That one in the middle there is Admiral Achbacon. He's the sole survivor of The Great Dollar Pig Massacre of 2012," says Moose, and that's when the clerk bursts out laughing.
"You have made my day sir, I will give you that," says the clerk through a case of the giggles. "Just a word of advice, try putting the creativity to something more useful."