Man charged for paying with pennies
Published 06/06/2011 | 05:34
A US man has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies.
The Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, reports that Jason West went to Basin Clinic in Vernal on May 27 prepared to dispute an outstanding 25 US dollar bill.
Assistant Vernal police chief Keith Campbell said that after asking staff members whether they accepted cash, West dumped 2,500 pennies on the counter and demanded that staff count them.
Mr Campbell said the incident upset staff because pennies were strewn about the counter and floor, and West's action served "no legitimate purpose".
Police later issued the 38-year-old West a citation for disorderly conduct. That carries a fine of as much as 140 US dollars. Or 14,000 pennies.