VERNAL, Utah – A Utah 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 reports Jason West went to Basin Clinic in Vernal on May 27 prepared to dispute an outstanding $25 bill.
Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell says that after asking staff members whether they accepted cash, West dumped 2,500 pennies on the counter and demanded that staff count them.
Campbell says 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. Or 14,000 pennies.
Thoughts? Should he have been charged?
*if this has already been posted, I will delete. I saw this on FB and thought it was interesting so I posted it here without looking at the other questions.
Answer by dullscissors at 8:24 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
Answer by lacyjones at 8:28 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
West's action served "no legitimate purpose."
If this was the case then he should get a refund, right? If I pay something and it doesn't show a legit purpose I think I should get my money back. And no, I don't think he should be charged with anything.
Answer by scout_mom at 8:34 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
Answer by Izsarejman at 9:23 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
IDK, if I were being charged $25 for something I felt I shouldn't have to pay for and I am being threatened with bill collection and it effecting my credit, I might be tempted to do the same. As for using pennies, I didn't realize that they were only for children and not for grown ups. It all spends the same way. Perhaps the change was all he had and maybe the business should just be happy that a bill got paid. There is content to this story that is missing from the article.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:25 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:38 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
Answer by tnm786 at 8:28 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 8:25 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
Answer by 2lilbumblebees at 8:26 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
I agree with dull, money is money and he paid his bill. I am reasonably sure there is more to the story. If there isn't more to the story on his behalf then I don't really get the reason for the charges.
I also don't really see what the big deal is. It shouldn't take the employees that long to count $25 in pennies.
Answer by QuinnMae at 8:48 AM on Jun. 6, 2011