A penny for your thoughts on this story: 51-year-old Danny Smith, from Memphis, Tenn., made a stink over one single cent at convenience store and wound up having to fork over 25,000 of the bronzed Lincolns just to post bond. (That’s $250 bucks y’all.) Smith certainly was penny-wise and pound-foolish in this bizarre story.
The Huffington Post reported Oct. 17 that Smith walked into the “Night and Day Food Market” to purchase (what else?) a 16 ounce can of beer. The clerk, according to Danny’s unrivaled computations, overcharged him by one single cent for his precious Heineken.
The criminal complaint, uploaded to The Smoking Gun, says that Smith then decided to call 911 to report the criminal activity of a teen clerk who was sticking it to him. The 911 dispatcher told Smith that it was a “civil manner,” which is emergency-speak for “leave us alone you idiot.”
Instead of just getting his penny from that tiny tray that every corner mart has next to the register (and what’s up with the clerk not just handing over a penny, even if Danny was wrong – no sense in agitating someone willing to call rollers over chump change), Smith called 911, again.
Asked why he called 911 the second time, Smith allegedly told cops “he felt police were not helping him get his penny back from the business.”
This time, an officer did respond, but not to settle the penny dispute, but to discuss the 911 abuse with Smith. While an officer spoke to the cashier, Smith became agitated, walked away and called a different, local emergency number, asking for police assistance to assist him with the policeman who had responded to discuss why Danny was using the 911 system to dispute a freaking penny.
Fed up with his antics, police arrested Smith for using 911 to make non-emergency calls and made him post a $250 bond as he awaits his court appearance.