Saturday, January 31, 2009

A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills

I think this story is crap, but true. The millionaires at the utility can't help a 93 year old man having trouble paying his bills. Instead he died "a slow, painful death".

Basically he owed $1000 to the power company so they attempted to extort the money out of him, legally - of course. When he didn't pay up and continued to absord their heat they cut him off. He died in an icy tomb he used to call home.

A city utility worker had installed a “limiter” device to restrict the use of electricity at Schur’s home on Jan. 13, said Belleman. The device limits power reaching a home and blows out like a fuse if consumption rises past a set level. Power is not restored until the device is reset.

The limiter was tripped sometime between the time of installation and the discovery of Schur’s body, Belleman said. He didn’t know if anyone had made personal contact with Schur to explain how the device works.

It not so bad though, because the city manager at least knows whom to blame.. the mans neighbors.
“I’ve said this before and some of my colleagues have said this: Neighbors need to keep an eye on neighbors,” Belleman said. “When they think there’s something wrong, they should contact the appropriate agency or city department.”

My own mother is struggling to pay her ridiculous heating bills in IL this winter.

read the story via crytogon

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