Folks, even back in the 1970's, your BANK would not accept volumes of pennies from a business unless it was rolled. If you didn't roll it, you had to PAY the bank a FEE for them to count it (or possibly use a counting machine.) And this was even if you had an ACCOUNT there!
Just like ... oh wait ... just like the counting machines that are now available in some grocery stores!!
The purpose of the law about "legal tender" has to do with the fact that if people don't "believe" in our paper money and coinage, the system will fall apart. And the reason it requires belief is because the money isn't backed by gold, nor by silver, but by "the full faith and credit" of the US Government, lol.
This does NOT obligate businesses to take amounts they do not wish to take. Decades ago your local convenience store would not accept anything over $20 because kept no more than that in change in the register to try to discourage robberies. (Turned out that by the early 1980's there were idiots willing to kill just for that $17 in change, but who knew?)
Recognising money as legal tender does not obligate you to take it. It's good money, we just ain't takin' it. Now the clerk took an attitude right off, but from the sound of it I'm guessing that this guy had been there before.
I know of NO police station that would send out an officer or officers in order to settle something like this. No matter how quiet the town is, lol. And they definitely are not within their scope of business to "rule" on a point of law they are unfamiliar with. It's one thing to cite someone for drunk and disorderly under statute xx.y.aa - but citing federal law is something else.
After seeing the number of guys there, and the video camera, I'm betting the cops wanted to tell them to just get a life instead of pulling pranks like this, but were afraid of what might be done with the tape.
Ultimately, the woman didn't take the money because he was RIGHT - she took it because her boss decided it would be bad PR and could affect their contract with the city to tow cars. Since the video tape shows the address, their business will probably be negatively impacted anyway.
I also note that although they didn't show her face, these people taped her voice without her permission, which I'm pretty sure is a violation of federal law. Oh, the irony!!
You win the thread.