A man known only by his Youtube username of Bacon Moose has posted a video where he attempts to pay a traffic fine of $137 in $1 bills folded into the shape of pigs, origami style.
While there is some confusion about the nature of the fine, there is no confusion about the symbolism behind putting the folded bills into two large Dunkin’ Donuts boxes. The clip has gone viral with nearly one million views since it was posted. Based on the number of likes the clip has received against dislikes, it seems the majority of people sympathize with the Bacon Moose.
When Bacon Moose presents the bills, the clerk is at first shocked and then reacts by saying that he has no intention to accept the bills and unfold them himself. “The way that you have it folded, I’m not going to sit here and unfold all of that,” the clerk protests. Although Bacon Moose argues that the cash is legal tender, he also adds that he chose to pay in cash, as he would have been forced to pay a five percent surcharge if he had tried to pay it by credit card.
The clerk asks Bacon Moose “Why would you take the time to fold all of these up?” The description accompanying the clip helps to explain his motivation. “I got this ticket in a town where the cops (and absurd red light cameras) are pretty much a money trap and that’s it. I decided to pay in an appropriate manner – 137 origami pig $1 bills, put in a pair of dozen Dunkin’ Donuts boxes,” says Bacon Moose.
Despite the original statement, Bacon Moose claims the fine was not for running a red light or any other moving traffic violation, but that he associates the town, its red light cameras and police as being set for nothing more than revenue raising. “Just a word of advice, put the creativity to something more useful,” adds the clerk.