Man in Trouble After Paying $25 Bill With 2,500 Pennies

Move may cost Jason West an extra $140

By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2011 10:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Utah man was cited for disorderly conduct after he paid a disputed medical bill—because he happened to settle his tab with 2,500 pennies. Though Jason West did ask clinic workers if they accepted cash, they probably weren't expecting him to dump an avalanche of coins on their counter as payment of the $25 bill. West, 38, apparently believed he didn't owe the money to the clinic, reports the Deseret News. He demanded that the workers count each penny, and left when clinic staff said they were calling police.

But the cops caught up with him, and noted that his actions served "no legitimate purpose." Added an assistant police chief, "The pennies were strewn about the counter and the floor." The infraction could carry a fine of as much as $140—which the AP points out is 14,000 pennies.

Making that $25 payment probably took quite a load off Jason West's shoulders.
Making that $25 payment probably took quite a load off Jason West's shoulders.   (Shutterstock)
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