This clip is from Episode 549 of the Planet Money podcast, which is a great podcast that explains economics in an enjoyable and interesting way. This is from an episode about the value of a penny.

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Finally stopping people, their feet , "There the street!"
Finally we resorted stopping people, at their feet saying, "There is a on the street!"

…we resorted to stopping people

If you resort to doing sth, it means that you do something which you don’t want to do because there is no other way of achieving what you want. e.g. To stop the children arguing, their parents resorted to letting them have as much chocolate as they wanted.

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