Singapore Man Pays Dealership $19,000 In Coins That Smelled Like Fish

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No matter what part of the world you live in, if you have to pay someone and you really don't want to, the classiest way to do it is to pay in coins. Lovely, shiny, sliver, heavy coins. A Singapore man was ordered to repay $19,000 to a car dealership for taxes and insurance on his Aston Martin; guess what he used?


According to The Straits Times, a Singapore newspaper, due to a court settlement, Mr Lester Ong Boon owed Exotic Motors more than $11,000 for taxes and insurance on Boon's Aston Martin and an additional $8,000 in lawyers fees. Mr. Ong was not satisfied with the court's decision.

Exotic Motor's owner Sylvester Tang told the paper: "His lawyer told us that he would come to return the money, and even do it in cash." After a shop staff member had signed the receipt, one of Mr Ong's workers used a trolley to deliver a styrofoam box containing the coins. Surveillance cameras at the shop showed the coins being poured out on to the carpeted floor and the worker leaving promptly with the box and trolley.

Mr Tang, known by many as Mr S. T. Tang, 44, said his shop has had a foul smell since Tuesday afternoon and customers have been staying away from his store because of that. The coins were later placed in plastic bags and put in his car boot. He said then that the coins would be returned to Mr Ong's lawyer.

Mr. Ong claims that it is perfectly legal to to pay settle the fees in coin, but according to the Signapore Currency Act, coins in denominations of less than 50 cents cannot be used for payments of more than $2. Mr Tang, the shop owner, said most of the coins left at the shop were 20-cent coins.

This is not the first time Mr. Ong has had to settle with a company. Last year he was court ordered to pay the Marina Bay Sands casino $240,000 in debt collection case.

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I like stories of people sticking it to The Man as much as anybody but this sounds more like the temper tantrum of a spoiled brat.