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Man cited for paying bill with 2,500 pennies
Settling a disputed bill with pennies or other small change is occasionally used as a form of protest. But is it smart or effective?
By Karen Datko Jun 6, 2011 2:30PM
What's one way to get your jollies while paying a disputed bill? Satisfy the debt with pennies - lots of them.
Or maybe not. A Vernal, Utah, man faces a charge of disorderly conduct for paying a $25 medical bill with 2,500 pennies, according to police. "After asking if they accepted cash, (Jason) West dumped 2,500 pennies onto the counter and demanded that they count it," Vernal assistant police chief Keith Campbell told the Deseret News. "The pennies were strewn about the counter and the floor."
West left after staffers at the health clinic threatened to call the police, who later wrote a citation for disorderly conduct, police said. The maximum fine is $140.
Others have employed similar tactics without legal consequence.
The Long Island Press pointed out that a University of Colorado student paid a tuition bill with 14,000 $1 bills to protest the cost. Post continues after video about that payment. ] (More)