Paying with pennies

By William R. Toler

A Winston-Salem activist paid his vehicle tax bill last week…in pennies.pennies 300x239 Paying with pennies

Clyde Freeman walked into the Forsyth County tax office with a box full of pennies, clad in a t-shirt that read “Taxation is Theft” and a camera in-tow…manned by Cop Block founder Ademo Freeman. Employees tried to tell him he couldn’t record, but he insisted on his right to record public officals in a public building.

It took more than a dozen tax office employees 40 minutes to count the $117.22…that’s 11, 722 copper coins.

Freeman got the idea from Ian Freeman, a fellow activist in New Hampshire, who once paid a property tax bill in all one dollar federal reserve notes.

He said he considers property and vehicle taxes (as well as other taxes) as a form of extortion from the government.

Freeman is the founder of Carolinas Cop Block and Never Take A Plea. He orignially used the surname Voluntaryist to identify himself with that philosophy. “Also, people would ask me what it meant and that was an opportunity to educate,” he said. He recently adopted Freeman, which “obviously stands for ‘free man’ and is commonly used: Ian Freeman, Ademo, etc.”

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William R. Toler is a journalist and filmmaker born and raised in the Tarheel State. He has worked in both newspapers and television since 2005, dabbled in radio and is the managing editor of IndieRegister.com

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