In a town in Tennessee a man who forgot to pay his fire protection service fee implored and pleaded with watching firefighters as his home burned to the ground, with his dog and cats inside...
Tragic indictment on US society IMHO. Is this the future of privatisation? Will they privatise police next and then (depending on fee paid or not) refuse to help citizens in trouble if they don't appear on a list of fee payers?Cranick says he told the operator he would pay whatever necessary costs had to paid but his offer wasn’t accepted. Firefighters did eventually show up but only to put out the fire on the neighboring property as sparks caused a small fire in the field next to the Cranicks. That owner apparently paid the fee.
"They put water out on the fence line out here. They never said nothing to me. Never acknowledged. They stood out here and watched it burn," Cranick said.
Reportedly the fire fee policy is close to 20 years old
Read more: Firefighters Allow Home, Pets to Burn Because of Unpaid Service Fee | AHN
There is another question, how could they be certain nobody was inside? Can you really be certain... In Ireland if there is any out of control fire the fire brigade go out automatically because such things are by definition potential health hazards. The system that places financial deals and systems above people means that if any of the watching firefighters had intervened it probably might have cost them their jobs.
He should have lied and said a relative was inside, could we see a day when that wouldn't affect their decision not to put out the fire? It's a dystopian hole the US seems to be sliding towards - might we follow suit (now that our economy is entering cash-strapped mode and neoliberalism is waiting to 'transform' us)?