March 23, 2011 9 Comments
Recently, a resident of the City of Sunnyside received a utility bill from the city, and being a responsible person, promptly paid it. The city was kind enough to put a notice in Spanish on the bill, notifying the resident of the due date for payment. This was encouraging to the resident, who happened to have some extra Mexican Pesos laying about, and enjoys living in a city that is sensitive to people of diverse backgrounds. The resident made their payment at City Hall, and went about their business unaware of the pending police visit they were about to receive.
What the resident did not know, however, is that the Chief of Police would be dispatched to hunt them down for the heinous act of paying the bill in such currency. The City Manager penned a letter to the resident, declining acceptance of the payment, and threatening to tack on additional fees if they did not render unto Caesar in U.S. dollars. Here is a copy of the letter:
Attempts to reach City Manager Mark Gervasi with questions regarding payment policies for utility bills, taxes, and fees were unsuccessful this week. It is not clear if the city has any formal policy regarding payments made by residents, or when such a policy may have gone into effect. It is also not known if the police will be dispatched for anyone else seen flashing pesos within city limits.
- Mexico peso jumps, helped by rising U.S. stocks (reuters.com)
- Mexico currency law makes it tougher to pay in dollars (usatoday.com)