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Posted: 1/7/2006 3:44:30 PM EDT
By Kamakshi Tandon Fri Jan 6, 9:42 AM ET

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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian credit card holder is putting a new twist on an old trick practiced by disgruntled debtors -- repaying his bill in pennies to maximize the collector's inconvenience.

Unhappy when his Canadian bank began outsourcing some of its credit card processing to the United States, the man lodged his protest via the bank's online payment system, jamming its computers by making dozens of tiny payments a day.

Don Rogers said he was worried that anti-terrorism laws in the United States could allow the U.S. government to access his data without his consent.

"I don't want the
CIA or
George Bush to know how many cases of Viagra I bought last week, or what church or charities I donate to," he told Reuters.

Rogers said his card has since been canceled by Vancouver-based Citizens Bank, but he will continue paying his remaining balance of C$1,000 ($860) one little bit at a time.

He has also decided to run in the January 23 federal election as a candidate for a fringe party that wants to abolish the North American Free Trade Agreement linking Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Citizens Bank spokesman Rolf Baumbusch said such outsourcing was commonplace among Canadian banks because there were "very limited opportunities" for doing the work in Canada. Canada's federal privacy commissioner has ruled the practice is legal as long as customers are informed.

But Canadians should be aware of cross-border privacy issues, said Arthur Cockfield, a law professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario

"More and more our personal information is being rendered into digital formats and zips around the world," he said, adding that any credit card data sent to the United States is subject to U.S. law.

Roger's initial attempt at paying in pennies produced a statement over 32 feet long, according to media reports
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 3:52:41 PM EDT
good for him !! whats conveniant for them ain't always in OUR best interests!!!! hope that idea catches on with people paying bills they don't agree with !! i'm sure it'll send a message!!!
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:03:34 PM EDT
Some guy tried paying for merchandise at Best Buy with $2 bills and got arrested for fraud and counterfeiting. Thanks guys, just arrest me while I use legal US currency, assholes.

Whatcha wanna bet this guy gets screwed over somehow as well?

Besides, his reasoning for doing so is bullshit.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:15:40 PM EDT
Discover card wouldn't let me make a payment more than once every seven days, probably to keep stuff like this from happening to them.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:19:01 PM EDT
It somehow became Bush's fault.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:21:04 PM EDT
he could pay 1/100 of one cent at a time and it isn't going to jam up the bank's computers.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 7:33:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:
By Kamakshi Tandon Fri Jan 6, 9:42 AM ET

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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian credit card holder is putting a new twist on an old trick practiced by disgruntled debtors -- repaying his bill in pennies to maximize the collector's inconvenience.




Apparently he has no clue. The machines that process the statment and payments dont care how much or little he pays. He is only hurting himself. The interest is stacking up.
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