It’s not every day that catastrophe strikes at the Hancock County Clerk’s office, just often enough for it to be a regular thing. I often wonder what kind of shenanigans I can get myself into that day. Filing papers and working at the computer all day isn’t exciting for an old guy like me, but the chaos keeps it interesting. Does that make me a psychopath? Oh well, you have to do what you have to do to get through these nine to fives.
This one time, I was working on a file for a personal injury lawyer in Washington when I noticed that there were quite a few people waiting in line. I work with another fella named Jerry, you see. And Jerry isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. We have a lot in common, both having served in Vietnam all those years ago. On our lunch break, we often exchange war stories to pass the time, but he’s not the best at his job, I’ll say that.
Anyway, so I look up from my filing and notice the line is starting to go out the door. I look over and Jerry is arguing with this one guy at his counter. The guy was trying to pay a parking ticket, but wanted to pay his ticket in all pennies. That’s my kind of guy!
Sadly, we aren’t allowed to accept any cash, it has to be paid through check, credit, or debit card, so even if we wanted to take his pennies, we couldn’t. Jerry is trying to explain this to the man, and I briefly thought about going over there and handling it myself, but Jerry has his own way of doing things.
I put my file away and walk over to my counter to ask the next person in line to come to my space when all of a sudden the penny guy steps back and starts clutching his chest. He leaned forward to lean on the counter and fell flat on his face. So then a person in line comes running over to the man and says he’s a doctor and to call 911.
Jerry got on the phone and called the ambulance while the doctor tried to tend to the penny man who fainted. Once the paramedics came, they said they thought he had a heart attack. Everyone in line had to be sent home and Jerry and I got to close up the office early. An unfortunate reason to get out of work early for the day, but we’ll take it.
In case you were wondering, the penny guy was fine. He ended up having his daughter pay his fine online. We found that out when his daughter came in to pick up his bag full of pennies. It was a crazy day, to say the least.