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  1. Holy Diver

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    This can't be true?

    "The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn't do anything to stop his house from burning.

    Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.

    The mayor said if homeowners don't pay, they're out of luck."


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    I thought this was going to be about a For Profit Fire Department. That the residents voted to cut taxes and the fire dep. was privatetized. Its gonna happen somewhere.
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    Guy probably thought that his neighbors would continue to foot the cost of the bill rather than him... offer at the scene, while heartbreaking, doesn't really help. As he hadn't opted in to the service, there probably would have been hell to pay for the firefighters if they did try to help him -- they might get fined or lose their own jobs.
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    the fact that they stood there and watched the house burn is the most sickening part.
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    The fact that people consider firefighting a 'service' sucks
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    And if they did help, they probably would have gotten suspended and possibly sued; moreover, I doubt the guy would ever pay his full bill.
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    It's certainly not charity work...
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    I feel bad for this guy. It reminds me of the argument earlier this year about pre-existing conditions. The danger with things like that is that people only pay when they "need" it, leaving inadequate funding when losses occur (you need a large number of people who do not have fires paying a small fee to ensure that there will be help when one of them needs it).
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    In Rome, Marcus Crassus ran a for profit fire department. When a fire would break out he would purchase the buildings near it for cut rate prices before he would put out the fire. Talk about abuse. There was also a case when an electric company in Michigan recently turned off the power in somebody's house and an old man wound up dying. Capitalism at its finest! :americaflag:
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    This is more akin to rationing -- which you'll see more and more of.
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    How anyone could defend this sub-human behavior is beyond me. They just sat there and waited for it to spread to a house that mattered.
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    No, it is called cornering the market, or monopolistic practice.
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    Why couldn't the cops help?
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    Sounds like he's an idiot. 75 bucks? Really? Less than a quarter a day for fire protection and you don't pay it?
    If they HAD put out the fire guess what? NO ONE would pay the 75 dollars anymore and then the fire department would not be able to operate and then ALL fires would rage on uncontrolled as there would be NO ONE to put them out.
    The fire department did what they did for the greater good of the community.
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    ...communist!...:bricks:
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    As with all monopolies it would be one that was enabled by the government. Competition would imply that multiple firefighting units exist in each municipality.
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    This.

    By not paying the fee he assumed the risk.

    I wonder how this will be treated by his insurance company?
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    No, no, no. I represent the evil insurance companies. You know, the ones that pay to rebuild houses after they burn down.
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