Birmingham City Council has refused to accept a supermarket trolley holding almost half a tonne of pennies from a wheel-clamper as payment for a £1,300 debt.
The shopping trolley, which required three men to move it, was delivered in a van to trading standards offices in Birmingham by wheel-clamper Gary Southall this morning.
The 48-year-old, from Digbeth, Birmingham, had hoped that the pennies would pay legal costs he owes to the city council after a court action in January. But the city's head of trading standards, Chris Neville, said the authority was now writing to Southall to inform him that it will not accept the 461-kilo haul of pennies.
"We are going to reject it on the basis that they are not legal tender," said Mr Neville, who accused Southall of showing contempt for authority.
The consumer protection official said that rules governing the settlement of debts stipulated that pennies were only regarded as legal tender up to a value of 20p.
Mr Neville added: "The wheel-clamper is trying to be as awkward as possible and he is trying to inconvenience us. It would be a considerable inconvenience if we had to count 130,000 pennies and the bank would charge us as well.
"It's just not acceptable as far as we are concerned."
Money laundering regulations also prevented the council from accepting the payment, Mr Neville said, and Southall will now be asked to come and collect the cash.
"The trolley that they are in is so heavy you can barely move it," Mr Neville said. "He must have gone to a bank to get the pennies.
"I can see a humorous side to it in a sense, but it also illustrates to me the contempt he has got for authority. He's cocking a snook at authority - if he had any respect he would just pay in the conventional way."
Southall, who trades under the names National Parking Control and Nationwide Parking Control, gave an undertaking to Birmingham County Court in January to comply with the 1985 Business Names Act after failing to disclose his name on receipts given to motorists.
He was also ordered to pay the council £1,300 after a court judgment made following an action brought under the Enterprise Act.
The council said at the time that the action had been brought after several county court judgments made against wheel-clampers were not complied with.