Kingsport man arrested after cursing Pal's employees, 'flipping the bird' at credit union tellers

Rain Smith • Jul 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The “everyday occurrence” of a Kingsport man “flipping the bird” to tellers in a drive-through window, combined with him entering Pal’s Sudden Service and cursing at employees, have landed him in jail.

According to an incident report from the Kingsport Police Department, an off-duty detective at Pal’s witnessed the man’s actions Monday morning and called for a uniformed officer. The report says the man, Harry Charles Boyer, 68, of 524 Sequoyah St., may have been off his medication.

The off-duty detective said Boyer entered Pal’s, 327 Revere St., about 8:20 a.m. He allegedly began shouting and cursing at the employees, and the off-duty officer told Boyer to cease.

Boyer left Pal’s — continuing to shout as he exited — and walked to the nearby Kingsport Credit Union, 408 Clay St. The off-duty officer said he watched Boyer as he walked through the drive-through teller windows flipping employees “the bird.”

At this point the off-duty detective, who was not in uniform and without handcuffs, called Central Dispatch. An officer responded to find Boyer on Shelby Street near West Market Street, where Boyer reportedly continued to curse and yell. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

According to statements from employees of Kingsport Credit Union, Boyer’s actions Monday are “an everyday occurrence.”

Police were told that Boyer scares the tellers to the point that they usually roll up their drive-through windows.

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