Then, he submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for a direct number to the Lebanon DMV, which he got.
When Stafford called, the person who answered told him he wasn't allowed to call that number and hung up on him.
Stafford's dispute continued and he demanded to know the direct numbers of nine other tax offices, even though the DMV had by this point answered his original query.
After attempting to obtain the direct numbers of DMV offices, filed three separate lawsuits against the agency, which were dropped on Thursday, according to the Herald Courier.
Said Stafford, "If they were going to inconvenience me then I was going to inconvenience them". All those pennies - weighing nearly 1,600 pounds in total - broke the coin-counting machine and the poor DMV employees had to count them by hand, reported BuzzFeed.
"My bank had to have the pennies brought in on a big truck", Stafford explained to Inside Edition.
On Tuesday, the suits were dismissed at the request of the state "when a representative of the state's attorney general handed Stafford a list of the requested phone numbers in the courtroom".
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"It shouldn't matter if you pay $300 per year in income taxes or pay $300,000 per year in income taxes like myself, because the backbone of a free democracy/republic begins with government transparency, period", he said.
Nick Stafford posted the entire backstory on his blog behind what culminated with him showing up at the local DMV with $2,987.45 worth of unrolled pennies to pay the sales tax due on a pair of vehicles he purchased past year.
Stafford shelled out $165 for the lawsuits, two of which were against specific Lebanon DMV employees and one against the DMV itself, The Bristol Hearld Courier reported.
Nick Stafford fills one of five wheelbarrows full of change, mostly pennies, at the DMV in Lebanon.
He bought the wheelbarrows for $400 and paid 11 people $10 per hour to break open rolls of pennies over four hours, meaning the scheme cost him $840.
He also had to purchase the wheelbarrows needed to carry the 1,600 pounds of pennies.