Randall Cornelius wanted to put in his two cents' worth about a parking ticket he got in San Gabriel recently. Actually, he wanted to put in his 2,000 cents' worth.
He did so last week, when he ambled into the San Gabriel police station with a box full of loose pennies to pay his $20 fine.
Paula Bock, Police Department records clerk, said Cornelius is not the first person to try to pay in pennies. In fact, it happens often enough that the department has instituted a policy against accepting loose change. "We don't have time to stand here and count pennies," Bock said.
Cornelius, 28, who lives in Upland, maintains he was unfairly ticketed for overnight parking
on a San Gabriel street. He said the city should post warning signs about the law. Bock said San Gabriel, like other cities with restrictions on overnight parking, posts signs at major entrances, but not on every street.