Annoyed Home-Schooling Dad Pays School Tax in $1 Bills
byKaitlin StanfordSep 10, 2013
Let's be honest: Paying school property taxes is fun for no one. And for those who don't yet have kids in school, are already empty nesters, or don't plan to have kids at all, the big fat chunk o' change they have to throw down each year can be a pretty tough pill to swallow. But what about when you choose to home-school your kids or send them to private school, precisely because you aren't a fan of the local schools?
Well if you're Rob Fernandes of Eastern Pennsylvania, you get seriously PO'd about it. And then you go down to your local bank when it comes time to pay, and extract the entire amount—in dollar bills only. And then you head to your town clerk and dramatically pay off the debt, making sure everyone around you is unmistakably aware of the situation and how wrong it is. And last, but not least, you proselytize to the camera while not just one, but three people film it for YouTube.
Yes, folks, according to Pilly.com, that was the exact scene created August 27 when Fernandes got so fed up with his $7,143 school tax bill that he decided to take a stand.
"We home-school our kids, so we don’t even use the public school system, yet I’m being forced to pay all this money into a public school system that I don’t use, don’t want, don’t need. And I don’t think that’s really either fair, just or even ethical," he said.
"It would be the equivalent if McDonald’s were to force vegetarians to pay for their cheeseburgers," he continued.
Hmm ... we're not so sure about that last one.
To be fair, though, Fernandes didn't storm into the Fork Township tax office and yell; he was actually pretty civil during the whole episode. He even offered to go down to the bank with Anne Bennett-Morse, the poor woman working the counter at the office, so they could count all 71 stacks of bills and 54 cents of it. (Understandably, she refused to count each bill herself.) But he does get pretty testy about the fact that they wouldn't count the money in front of him. And he certainly wouldn't budge on his feelings about his money being "stolen" from him to fund public schools.
Turning to the camera (where he seems to have a friend making comments from behind the lens), Fernandes says, "I’m a big proponent of education. [But] education can be provided more efficiently in a free market."
Watch the whole thing go down and judge for yourself:
What do you think of the "protest"? Do you agree with what Fernandes is saying? Sound off!