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Bristol man pays $350 electric bill in pennies

Staff Report • Mar 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report in the Bristol Herald Courier, rather than get upset about his $350 electric bill, John Almany found a unique way pay it – in pennies.Almany said he and his brother Gary came up with the idea in January. After finding enough banks to supply the pennies, Almany delivered more than 29,000 to Bristol Virginia Utilities.“I thought I’d make light of the situation,” Almany said. “Everybody gets mad, but there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”“We pulled into BVU about 2 [p.m.] and took the bags of unrolled pennies to the pay counter,” Almany said. “To make my case better, I noticed a man just paid cash right before me. I laid my bill on the counter and told the lady, ‘Here is my bill and I’m here to pay every penny of it.’ ”After about 20 seconds of silence, Almany then explained what that meant.

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