Local man pays for truck with coins

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man who says he doesn't trust banks or paper money has paid part of the cost of a new truck with 16 cans full of coins.

Employees at a dealership in suburban Cincinnati say they were flabbergasted Tuesday when 70-year-old James Jones said he wanted to buy a new red Chevrolet Silverado and plunked down 16 coffee cans of coins.

Salespeople spent 90 minutes counting the collection of dimes, quarters and dollar coins, which covered half the $16,000 price.

Jones and his wife, Betty, paid the rest by check. Jones' son says his dad has always preferred to pay with coins.

Dennis Jones says he's most amazed that his penny-pinching father decided to replace his old truck, which ran over the older man when its parking brake failed last year.

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