Bailiff forced to count Sh53,000 in coins after man pays debt with bag of change

The man, referred to as Leigh, filmed the bailiff's reaction when he told him he would have to count the coins outside.

An annoyed UK bailiff was forced to count out £423 (Sh53,568)  in coins after a man handed him a bag of change to pay his debt.

A video posted by 'Birmz is Grime' on Facebook shows the debt collector standing in a front garden with a bag full of coins.

The man, referred to as Leigh, filmed the bailiff's reaction when he told him he would have to count the coins outside.

The bailiff can be heard calling his boss to ask: "What's the most I can take in change?

"There's a lunatic that's telling me I've got £423 in change."

He later tells Leigh to go to a bank and change the coins into notes, saying: "Coinage Act 1972 restricts me to anything more than £5(Sh533) in change. Don't have to take it."

But Leigh insists and refuses to go to the bank.

He tells the bailiff there are £25(Sh3,100) in notes and the rest are in coins.

"Unbelievable," the bailiff sighed.

"I know you people like to go around and bully people," Leigh added.

The video has attracted over 59,000 views since it was posted online yesterday.

Web users slammed Leigh's attitude and said the bailiff was just 'doing his job'.

One said: "Just doing their job at the end of the day, pay your debts then you won't have to 'annoy bailiffs'."

Another agreed: "They do a difficult job every day...on the whole they're nice guys..."

But some said Leigh has the right to pay his debt in coins.

One of them wrote: "Money is money end of, you pay the bill it shouldn't matter if it's in Penn's [sic]. A bill is a bill and if it's got the queens head and British currency then it should have to be accepted simple as that."

The Royal Mint has stated 'both parties to a transaction are free to agree to accept any form of payment whether legal tender or otherwise according to their wishes'.

It also listed the limit the legal tender amounts accept.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION


next