In Bay City it’s pay up … or DIE!
Hey — way to go, Bay City, Michigan Utility Nazis!
93-year-old Marvin E. Schur died “a slow, painful death” after he fucking FROZE TO DEATH inside his own home — mere days after you limited his use of electricity.
Bay City’s Manager, Robert Belleman said the the city didn’t do anything wrong because the nearly century old human being owed Bay City Electric Light & Power more than $1,000. So, see? They were forced — FORCED I tell you – to freeze him the fuck OUT!
Now, $1,000 in unpaid bills is a lot, I’ll grant you. But at some point during the accrual process wouldn’t you think there’d have been a phone call or, ooo I know – a visit to Mr. Schur’s home to check the sitch???
I mean that would have been easy considering his house is only ONE GODDAMNED MILE FROM THE GODDAMNED UTILITY OFFICE!!!!
Uh huh — a proactive approach — what about it fellas?? Ever think of that???
Umm, yeah — looks like a big cuppa negatory on that one!
And it’s too bad, because, according to their website, at the close of 2008, Bay City Electric, Light & Power owned and operated utility assets of $64 million with total annual revenues of approximately $25.6 million.
Buuuut, instead of tapping their own admittedly robust resources in fine mistzvah fashion …
or getting really radical and working out some sort of payment plan …
or doing the unthinkable and asking for donations to help the poor old man …
OR – oh hell, just making the smallest of efforts to go that extra smidge and contact folks who, like, help needy elderly people??? (… like, oh I dunno – say, the ones on the list of ‘Agencies and Organizations Providing Emergency Help’ that’s fucking LISTED ON THEIR OWN FUCKING WEBSITE!!! ACK!!!)
Instead of foolin’ with of any of that shit – the Bay City bastards did things another way.
The greedysonofabitchfuckingheartlessasshole way.
They installed a “limiter” device to restrict the use of electricity at the old man’s home …
… in the middle of WINTER …
… in MICHIGAN!
But the best part?
The power doesn’t get restored until the device is reset.
Belleman said city workers keep the limiter on houses for 10 days, then shut off power entirely if the homeowner hasn’t paid utility bills or arranged to do so.
But they didn’t have to do that in Marvin Schur’s case.
It only took them four days to kill him, instead of the policy-mandated 10.
See, somehow, the limiter was tripped sometime between the January 13 installation and the January 17 discovery of his frozen deadness.
“It’s not easy to die from hypothermia without first realizing your fingers and toes feel like they’re burning,” said Kanu Virani, Oakland County’s deputy chief medical examiner, who performed the autopsy.
Ever the PR machine, Belleman was quick to lay blame smack DAB where you’d expect: On the neighbors!!
“I’ve said this before and some of my colleagues have said this: Neighbors need to keep an eye on neighbors,” he alibied. “When they think there’s something wrong, they should contact the appropriate agency or city department.”
Stay classy Bay City … stay classy
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