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Man charged with disorderly conduct for paying his outstanding dentist bill of $25 in pennies.


Jason West’s dentist was not amused.

Jason West of Vernal, Utah owed his dentist, $25, not a princely sum, but an obligation nethertheless. So guess how Jason’s dentist reacted when he dumped took out a stack of pennies and began paying?

deseretnews: On May 27, Jason West went to Basin Clinic prepared to dispute an outstanding bill, according to Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell. West, 38, apparently did not believe he owed the clinic the $25 it said he did.

“After asking if they accepted cash, West dumped 2,500 pennies onto the counter and demanded that they count it,” Campbell said. “The pennies were strewn about the counter and the floor.”

Money is money right? But then again there’s something to be said for the way one pays their bill and maybe the dumping bit stirred some pent up animosity between patient and dentist?

The incident upset clinic staff, said Campbell, adding that West’s behavior served “no legitimate purpose.”

Clinic staff told West they were calling police and he left the office. Officers caught up with West later and issued him a citation for disorderly conduct, an infraction, which carries a potential fine of $140.

The moral of the lesson? Sometimes it’s better to shut up and pay your bill. Or at least be a bit more diplomatic. But since you had to do it your way- today’s tantrum set you back an additional $140.

Which brings the next question: How many jars will it take to stack $140 in?

  • me

    Excuse me, but has the payment in pennies cost this man anything but conviction by a Kangarooo court here on this blog? You assume an awful lot by your implication that he isguilty and will actually have to pay the $140 fine.