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Man pays off $14K property tax bill with dollar bills, coins

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Paying bills can be a hardship, especially ones that total $14,000. Larry Gasper of Redding, Calif., thanks to the generosity of friends and family, was able to pay his substantial property tax bill—without the use of a checkbook.

Gasper fell into difficult times several years back, reports KRCR-TV. "I had to borrow some money. I've missed a few payments on my home to pay for my taxes for this piece of property. My grandkids' piggy banks, my daughters' piggy banks, my money, my change, and a lot of people have offered to help a bit," Gasper explained to the station.

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Gasper loaded up all that help—in the form of coins and $1 bills—into the back of his car with the help of a wheelbarrow, and delivered it to his county tax collector's office.

In a wonderful understatement, KRCR-TV notes that it took the tax collectors "a while to count." Probably not as long as it took Gasper to roll those pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters.

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