Jason West, a Utah man, apparently had a dispute with the Basin Clinic about a medical bill. According to the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Jason asked the staff if they accepted cash. When they responded in the affirmative, he apparently paid the twenty-five dollar bill by pouring 2,500 pennies onto the counter. According to the paper, he then requested the staff to count the pennies. As a result of the May 27, 2011 incident, West has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Despite what appears to be lawful action, police issued the 38-year-old West a citation for disorderly conduct. The potential fine is $140 or 14,000 pennies. Hopefully West secures the services of a lawyer who will take this case probono. The precedent set by punishing a man for peacefully exercising his rights can not be tolerated in a free society.