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Cops called on patient for paying doc with pennies

Pro tip: Doctors are stressed enough about their reimbursements. Adding fuel to the fire by paying with coins won’t help anyone.

That’s the lesson learned by Jason West, of Vernal, Utah, who went to the Basin Clinic to dispute a $25 charge. After confirming that the clinic would accept cash payment, West allegedly threw 2,500 pennies on the counter and floor and told clinic staff to count it.

Staff, concerned about his behavior, called police who issued West a citation for disorderly conduct. The citation carries a fine of up to $140 — more than five times the disputed bill.

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