“The girl handed me my receipt, I had no more business with them and I left,” he said, noting that he lives about four blocks from the clinic and wasn't contacted by a police officer for about five hours.
By then, West was more than an hour away, heading to a Memorial Day weekend gathering with family. He offered to return to Vernal immediately to meet with the officer, but said he was told that wasn't necessary. He finally met with the officer May 31, the day he was cited.
West said he wasn't trying to harm anyone or cause alarm; he was only trying to show his frustration over the poor customer service he believes he received from the clinic's billing department, and do it in a humorous way.
“I did stand-up comedy in college,” he said. “This is how I deal with stress. I make jokes.”
As for the $64,000 question — or rather the 6,400,000 penny question? West says he will not pay his $140 fine in one-cent pieces, if he's ultimately convicted of the disorderly conduct charge.
“I recognize my place,” he said. “I recognize it's a court of law and I have respect for the legal process.”
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