Water association turns down pennies as payment - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Water association turns down pennies as payment

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Change is good. But, one customer of a local water association has learned that change isn't good enough to pay his water bill. Ken Chambers tried to pay his $75 bill at the Arnold Line Water Association Thursday with a bag of pennies...7,500 pennies.

But, management refused to accept it.

They said they don't take coins as payment and said Chambers brought in pennies as retribution for having his water turned off.

Chambers said as of Thursday, there was no posted policy against taking change and said as long as its legal tender, the water association should accept the coins.

A handwritten policy regarding accepting coins as payment was seen at the office on West 4th St. Friday morning. 

"Last time I checked, coins were money, so I went all day today without any water," said Ken Chambers. "I've got kids at home and we need water and they tell me they can't take my money," Chambers said. 

"The problem we have with him (Chambers), is that he doesn't want to pay his bill on time," said C.R. Dixon, president and manger of Arnold Line Water Association. "He wants to just drag it out and pay like he wants to and our policy is that, if you're past due, we don't have 2 months water bills. Everything is paid by the monthly," Dixon said.

Chambers said Friday morning, he returned to pay his account with bills instead of change, and said his water was turned back on around 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2011 WDAM. All rights reserved.

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hailes, Brown spark Lady Eagles past MTSU, 61-53

    Hailes, Brown spark Lady Eagles past MTSU, 61-53

    Saturday, January 20 2018 7:32 PM EST2018-01-21 00:32:41 GMT
    (Photo source: USM)(Photo source: USM)

    University of Southern Mississippi sophomore guard Shonte Hailes posted her first double-double of the season Saturday afternoon with a game-high 20 points and a career-best 13 rebounds and junior swingman Megan Brown added 10 points and six rebounds in a 61-53 win over Middle Tennessee State University.

    More >>

    University of Southern Mississippi sophomore guard Shonte Hailes posted her first double-double of the season Saturday afternoon with a game-high 20 points and a career-best 13 rebounds and junior swingman Megan Brown added 10 points and six rebounds in a 61-53 win over Middle Tennessee State University.

    More >>
  • Dupree, Marx, remember deadly Jan. 21 tornado as anniversary nears

    Dupree, Marx, remember deadly Jan. 21 tornado as anniversary nears

    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:42 PM EST2018-01-20 23:42:36 GMT
    Four people were killed when a tornado struck Hattiesburg and Petal on Jan. 21, 2017. Photo credit WDAM.Four people were killed when a tornado struck Hattiesburg and Petal on Jan. 21, 2017. Photo credit WDAM.

    City leaders are marking the one year anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck the Pine Belt on Jan. 21, 2017.      Four people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed in Lamar, Forrest and Perry counties.  Both former Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree and Petal mayor Hal Marx are looking back at how their communities worked together to help survivors, clean up and rebuild.   "It hit William Carey University this time, ...

    More >>

    City leaders are marking the one year anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck the Pine Belt on Jan. 21, 2017.      Four people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed in Lamar, Forrest and Perry counties.  Both former Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree and Petal mayor Hal Marx are looking back at how their communities worked together to help survivors, clean up and rebuild.   "It hit William Carey University this time, ...

    More >>
  • Gulf Coast group hosts human trafficking awareness seminar in Hattiesburg

    Gulf Coast group hosts human trafficking awareness seminar in Hattiesburg

    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:26 PM EST2018-01-20 23:26:18 GMT
    Susie Harvill, founder of Advocates for Freedom, hosts a training seminar in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Susie Harvill, founder of Advocates for Freedom, hosts a training seminar in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Gulf-Coast group that fights human trafficking in Mississippi is getting some help from volunteers in the Pine Belt.  About a half dozen people attended a training session Saturday for the group Advocates for Freedom.  Organization founder Susie Harvill gave the volunteers an overview of the human trafficking problem in the state.  Some of the volunteers will go on to speak to churches, civic groups and schools. "They're learning how we work and how...

    More >>

    A Gulf-Coast group that fights human trafficking in Mississippi is getting some help from volunteers in the Pine Belt.  About a half dozen people attended a training session Saturday for the group Advocates for Freedom.  Organization founder Susie Harvill gave the volunteers an overview of the human trafficking problem in the state.  Some of the volunteers will go on to speak to churches, civic groups and schools. "They're learning how we work and how...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly