VIDEO: Icelandic Man Pays Speeding Ticket With Bag Of Coins - The Reykjavik Grapevine

VIDEO: Icelandic Man Pays Speeding Ticket With Bag Of Coins

Published April 15, 2019

Andie Fontaine
Photos by
Capital Area Police

What started as ordinary police work became a day worth remembering, as a speeder elected to pay his fine with a bag of coins weighing many kilos.

Iceland’s Capital Area Police posted this short video last Sunday, showing an IKEA bag filled to a considerable degree with coins, many if not most of them in the smaller denominations of 5 ISK and 10 ISK, but with a large number of 50 ISK and 100 ISK coins as well (as identified by their colour). This donation to police coffers is in fact what one man used to pay his speeding ticket.

According to the police, the man showed up at police headquarters expressing the desire to pay his fine (of an undisclosed amount) without further delay.

“Speeding tickets are seldom paid with a smile on one’s face, and it can often be a heavy experience when people come to the police station for this purpose,” the police wrote in a status with the video. “There was a lot of heaviness in this instance as well, but by another meaning, as this man used these coins to pay his fine. Weighed many kilos.”

While the amount paid was not disclosed, fines for speeding in Iceland start at 30,000 ISK and can go as high as 150,000 ISK or more.

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