93-Year-Old Man Freezes To Death In His Home

Submitted by: firetiger16 8 years ago in Misc

He has $1,100 in unpaid electric bills but they still should have allowed him to keep his heat...
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Female 5,222
thats sad
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Male 342
"Damn... Obama, you gotta fix this sh*t quick."

LMFAO!!!!!!

Kozo, you honestly believe that don`t you? How cute.

Back to the topic on hand, shame to see an elderly man die at the incompetence of the energy company. I mean chingados it`s obviously cold, and you cut off the guy`s energy supply, and there`s no visual signs of a chimney or firewood, then tell me how the heck do you think the old man was going to have warmth without electricity?

The sad thing is that it`s just going to be shrugged off because it seems that he was just a lonely man without any family ties that would bring up a nice lawsuit. How shameful for the electric company to get away with this.

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Male 61
Yaezakura:

The electric company, however you look at it, DID kill him. When a person does it, we call it manslaughter. When a company does it...

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Female 58
my grandpa iis 92 and he lives alone. Granted, his son lives next door, and he uses oil and firewood for heat, but living alone at that age is not impossible.
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Female 934
I don`t know what to think about this, but that`s a terrible way to die, no doubt.
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Female 652
aww thats horrible that the money was on the table. poor guy. it seems like a very small community, someone from the company should of gone to his house. a phone call would have sufficed as well
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Male 31
Damn... Obama, you gotta fix this sh*t quick.
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Female 385
Ugh... I swear, half the people in this topic seem to think the electric company was actively trying to kill the man.

It is NOT their responsibility to ensure other people`s safety. Like every electric company in the world, they are a business. And like every business, when a client doesn`t pay for your service, you no longer provide them with that service. The circumstances of WHY they aren`t paying or the consequences of denying them the service are not the concern or responsibility of the business, but of the client.

It`s not like he didn`t know it was coming. Considering he hadn`t paid his bill for SEVERAL MONTHS, he had likely received numerous past-due notices, which would have included a cutoff date. If he was incapable of managing his own affairs, then he shouldn`t have been living alone.

Yes, it`s horribly sad that he died that way. I`m not trying to deny that. But it is NOT the electric company`s fault, and to suggest that it is is simply ridiculous.

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Male 124
The gas company did this to me about a week before christmas because i owed them 150 dollars. I went out and bought firewood and spaceheaters. I blame the 23 year old girl that works at the call center that handles complaints.
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Female 15,763
I agree with Reid, it seems they just ignored him.
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Male 689
why is this here.

who wants to hear this?

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Male 244
Here in Wisconsin it`s state law that heat cannot be shut off during the Winter months. I think that is the appropriate response.
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Male 381
"we`re looking hard to see how we could have avoided this, and so far its very hard."

WHAT!? MY WHITE ASS that these guys couldnt have kept this guy`s electricity on. they could have helped him get set up on a payment plan, they could have helped him get public assistance, they could have kept his goddamn heat on. poor bastard.

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Male 488
this is sad
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Male 1,089
man i hope i`m never oblivious enough to freeze to death in my own house. i mean 93 y was he living alone?
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Female 317
from a human point of view this is just terrible! surely a mans life is worth more than 1100?
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Male 1,078
well if they just let him have his heat with out paying for it, then why would anyone pay for heat when they can get it for free.
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Male 7,933
welcome to IAB one!

And the point is that people dont have money because they don`t know how to spend. He does not have 1100 because he did not manage his finances correctly

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Female 47
I got an account just to respond to your comment prime...
You are a minor who doesn`t have to pay for rent/mortgage, gas/electric bills or most likely food so why are you so proud that you can save money? And it`s not even like you`re saving your paycheck... you`re saving your frickin` allowance. Wow, I really am impressed.
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Male 336
dont blame the power company. He could have tried to stay at a neighbor`s/relatives house. If he gets turned away and he dies, its on their head. If he did nothing, its his fault, unless he had a mental disorder in which case someone should have been taking care of him.
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Male 7,933
" I doubt that the majority of individuals have $1100 just stored away in a safe spot for situations to arise."
I have it... and thats just from saving 60 a month from allowance.

"This nearly made me cry. So many humans are caring for nothing more than the money in their pockets rather than the well-beings of their fellow humans. This man was old, and a veteran, He deserved much more respect than that."

Ok Miss Nobel, why not donate all your money to charity and live off bare necessities only

I guess there arent too many business majors

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Male 7,933
I`m going to side with the electric company on this one.

A business is a business, not a charity.
Client X does not pay for service, Client X does not get service.

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Female 1,545
I hope the CEO of this company feels the shame and guilt the rest of his life...he killed a WWII veteran because he couldn`t pay.

Fecker.

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Male 4,867
i know they cant exactly let people off from paying their bills
but surely the city/state could`ve helped out
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Female 1,653
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Someone should be going to jail.
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Male 75
Hey Painter13, I live in Michigan, (Bay City as a matter of fact) and this is the first time that I can think of where this sort of thing happened here, if it did why did this instance make national news? To equate us to a third world country highlights your ignorance. We may be the whipping boy of the country right now, but no place in the US would be as well off as they are now without Michigan. Do you think you`d make the money you make, get the benfits you get, and work the hours you work without our storied past?
As for the man in the story, the citizens of my town are up in arms about it. And one thing the story got wrong was his power was not cut off, but had a limiter put on the supply. The limiter failed, opening the circuit which fed his house, open circuit, no power.
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Male 1,204
heh money hungry bastards...
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Female 42
So considering we are a land of justice somebody should be going to jail for murder.....right?? :-?
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Female 663
Power Rep: "We`re looking at this very hard to see how we could have possibly avoided this..."

Gee I don`t know, maybe you should have left the damn power on till at least spring, bastards!
And it`s not an issue of him not being financially secure, (he did have cash on the table along with the bill.) I think it`s more of an issue of not having the mobility to pay it.

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Female 325
In Canada, it`s illegal to turn off heat and power in the winter months. What the fcuk is the US doing that an old man can freeze to death in HIS HOUSE??
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Female 4
Lots of people have asked why he didn`t ask for help or tell someone obout the situation, but I imagine it was pride. He probably didn`t want to admit to anyone (possibly not even himself)that he couldn`t manage on his own. No doubt this will give more ammo to the people who think this was his own fault.

I just think it`s very sad that he had no-one who could check on him.

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Male 4,393
relly bad
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Male 14,331
VV Ummm gee lets see because they killed him.
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Male 118
We live in a capitalist society. He doesn`t pay money, he gets no heat. No company will ever make an exception for someone "because they care". Why is this news?
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Female 738
This is disgusting. How can anyone place the value of money over someone`s life?

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Female 5,139
This is so sad :(
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Male 650
Ugh...
This really boils down to a work ethic problem in the capitalist world
Someone wasn`t thinking right, cause they couldn`t be f*cked
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Male 243
that`s gonna make the company look bad...
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Male 1,365
Not uncommon in Michigan, that state is a third world country. Don`t believe me, drive through Benton Harbor or Flint, or North Detroit, Bordertowns in Mexico are nicer.
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Male 249
uhh.. the World War 2 VETERAN?! COME ON!
we can`t treat our veterans even a little better than our average citizens? give him some time to pay the bills. if the government wasn`t ALREADY taking money from him and denying him his pension, then maybe he COULD pay the bills. i hate this country so much. And no, Obama will not bring us `change`.
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Male 2,028
I don`t know, but I would consider this as at least involuntary manslaughter. You don`t f*cking turn off someone`s heat in the middle of winter, and if you do, I think you should have to face criminal charges, because we all know that without heat... when it`s cold... PEOPLE FREEZE.
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Male 81
That`s so horrible! This is why I got away from Michigan, because there are just too many ass-hats there that would do this sort of thing to an old man. Also, it`s really effing cold there, so I would wonder why the hell they`d cut any human off of power during the winter.

What`s worse is that the man was a living piece of history, and now we have one less of a dwindling number of World War survivors on the planet. There`s a lost man and lost history resulted in this douche baggery from the electric company...

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Female 387
In the UK, the elderly get a heating allowance. But what I really hate is that everywhere in the west, it seems, when people can`t afford something that they need to survive, it gets taken away from them! Just as an example - a place to live. It`s immoral.
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Male 84
Welcome to capitalism kids! This is how we treat our veterans. Get used to it or try to make a difference. Otherwise it`s just going to keep on happening. Regardless of anything else, this died in a fashion that no person in a "civilized",
country should ever have to.
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Male 2,388
What i want to know why is everyone so shocked?
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Male 58
Well, the power company here has to keep your electricity on when the temperatures are supposed to be below freezing, so things like this don`t happen.
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Female 2,249
ugh. i would go mental if someone cut off my air conditioning, especially today when it was 46C (115F)
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Male 2,586
Sadly companies are not in the business of charity... if someone can`t pay, why supply them.

The question is, how much notice did they give him? - if they just cut it off one day then it IS their fault!

funny how some of the people here are "well, he didn`t pay, too bad" - one day you`ll be old...

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Male 418
Haha wheres your life alert now bitch!
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Male 319
I gotta agree with Yaezakura on this. It may have been a tragedy, but I fail to see how the power company is responsible for such a basic act of life as "being warm" is.
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Male 125
Well what took him so long to pay?
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Male 330
You owe 1000 dollars? You will now be sentenced to death. I guess a human life is worth 1000 dollars. Those people at the electric company should be kicked in the teeth.
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Male 901
I just think it`s a pretty sad world where we let the elderly die alone to save some money.
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Male 777
Should have worn a coat. And he shouldn`t have been living on his own, either.
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Female 385
Hansbo, considering he WAS 93, he had likely been retired for nearly 20 years. So why was he able to pay all those bills for all those years, but had only been neglecting his electric bill for the past couple months?

I don`t know the man, so I don`t know why he wasn`t paying. But the point is, it`s hardly the electric company`s fault for doing their job.

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Male 901
Yeah of course it was his own fault. He was clearly lazy, not working to pay his bills! That`s preposterous! He`s only 93 years old.
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Female 385
Considering that with an outstanding bill of $1100, he hadn`t paid in anywhere from 3-5 months, I think the power company was perfectly justified in shutting off his power. It`s not their responsibility to make sure he has heat. That was his responsibility, in the form of paying his electric bill, and he didn`t do it.

Should cable companies keep your TV and internet on despite the fact you haven`t paid, just because you`re bored? Should phone companies keep your phone on, despite the fact you haven`t paid, just because you want to talk to someone?

It`s kind of ridiculous, really. Sure, it`s sad, but his own fault.

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Female 377
:(
I wish he had asked a neighbor or anyone for help/a place to stay until it was paid.

poor guy, i wonder how terrible that must have actually been. Alone and slowly freezing to death.

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Male 497
WTF??

How can they shut someone of? in WINTER !

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Male 213
that was kinda cute ...

i don`t know.

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Male 1,788
"sat through the whole clip and not one single photo of a frozen corpse! what a rip."

And they called me insensitive.

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Female 523
I really don`t know where I stand on this... because while the Electric company, government, nursing homes, ETC. could have been more understanding... he also should have attempted to speak up to someone in power about how he couldn`t survive in those temperatures. Then again, he may not have been able to.

Honestly... I think it was everyone involved`s fault. I feel very sorry for the man, and the Electric Company needs to do better to prevent this, but I really think a compromise between the two of them would have been best. Like someone before suggested, a payment plan perhaps?

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Male 544
poo i do not want to be 80 at all
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Male 2,313
Yay for reducing the value of human life to some figures on an accounting spreadsheet.
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Male 701
sat through the whole clip and not one single photo of a frozen corpse! what a rip.
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Female 1,516
I think here in Wisconsin, it`s illegal for the heat to be turned off in winter no matter how much money is due.
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Male 3,301
So why didn`t he pay his bill in the first place?
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Female 93
This is ridiculous and terribly sad.
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Male 67
that is some major BS right there. a**hole power company.
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Female 17
This makes me want to cry.
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Male 1,404
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
Theodore Roosevelt

It`s not about government but, a guy freezing to death in his own home.

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Female 214
and here I thought it was below 32 degrees Celsius, yikes!
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Male 26
Oh. Well in that case... I don`t even wear a coat, oh and thank you for clarrifiying(More than likely spelled that wrong).
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Male 886
whoa, USFEmoGirl, really late response lol. Yeah I know it`s cold either way, just thought I should let you know it wasn`t THAT cold. (And you ,too, XxCameroNxX, it was below +32, not -32)
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Male 26
-32? Its really not that cold.. For me I just throw on a woolen lined hoodie, but then again I`m a North Dakotian..
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Male 1,347
up here its illegal for the power company to turn off your source of heat in the winter NO MATTER WHAT. You have to solve the problems when they won`t freeze to death
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Female 1,436
Ah, whatever aero - can we agree it was cold as a freakin` ice box then? Way too cold for anybody to survive in?
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Male 8,300
> vanillabear
> he lived longer than the average human... I`d be satisfied with that

That`s a pretty narrow-minded view, I mean you`ve already lived longer than the average African kid, so does that mean you won`t mind if we come around and kill you now?

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Male 75
That was sad. =*(
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Male 886
Challenger23, I don`t remember _Perfection_ laughing at his death. I suddenly feel neutral, but I have to say this, the only person who recently posted who appears to be the most heartless is Craigium. Despite your conflicting viewpoints it appears you`re just at each other now for the heck of it. I suggest rereading each others posts...
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Male 1,788
"Oh mainly because you laughed at the death of man due to greed and yet your picture says "All you need is Love" :/ Mixed messages."

I never once said it was funny, and I certainly didn`t laugh about it. If you look back at my posts you will see that.
I`m only trying to say that the cirumstances of his death do not outweigh the fact he lived to be 93 years old.

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Male 26
93 is pretty old, personally wouldn`t want to live that long myself, moping around my house feeling sorry for myself, I mean for all we know it could have been a suicide. But I guess thats my depressing thoughts....
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Female 346
Oh mainly because you laughed at the death of man due to greed and yet your picture says "All you need is Love" :/ Mixed messages.
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Male 54
"Di he have any one giving him assistance? It didn`t seem like such. There should be people looking out for senior citizens. Especially ones that don`t have family. "
Challenger23 (& all those that posted along the same lines), {I hope I am wrong when I saw this... however, I`m not usually :( } I agree SOMEONE should take care of folks like this. I talk with / check in with my neighbor [she`s a lady so I don`t ask her age :) ] who is elderly and has no family support. In addition I (with my base) make visits to the surronding vets during the holidays {throughout the year). Who are you assisting? I hear many on one side of the aisle spot off about "someone" (read government) talking care of everyone else, but never seem to catch those talking doing anything... Like I said, I hope I am wrong. Last point, we all have to pay for what we want & need or no one has to pay for what they want or need. Simple choice.
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Male 1,788
I find that Perfection is far from it.
"Also his ignorance is showing. Right there in his picture.

Hum...."

I am forced to ask why? What do you disagree with and why?

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Female 346
I find that Perfection is far from it.

Also his ignorance is showing. Right there in his picture.

Hum....

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Male 174
I agree with Perfection... he lived longer than the average human... I`d be satisfied with that.
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Male 1,788
But no, keep going, I do so love making people ridiculously angry over the internet.
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Male 174
Hey, this is great, Ii already submitted this two days ago. Oh well.

Another life claimed by insatiable human greed.

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Male 886
VV lol yeah, good luck getting that to stop...
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Male 387
Lol I thought it said "Gay City Mayor". Oh yeah, poor guy. And people please, stop writing walls of texts...
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Male 1,788
"_perfection_ i think i represent everybody when i say. I hope you die a slow and painful death like he did. I hope you never get in a relationship and die without kids. I also hope someone will laugh at your grave when you die alone."

You as well have missed any point that I could have made except for "I`m a d*ck shun me!"

Let me re-iterate. HE WAS 93! And very lucky to have made it that far. Yeah, the electric company f-ed up. But here`s something you should know. It`s not about how you die you moronic piece of sh*t. It`s what you do before you die. And he had 93 f*cking years to do stuff.

He was lucky in his life and to pity him is just stupid.

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Male 886
Nursing homes, that was the word, thank you.
Challenger23 and CharlieA, I`m not sure if you were talking about me, and I hope not, because that means I gave you the wrong impression, however just in case I would like to say that 1. I in absolutely NO way found this even slightly amusing, and am extremely sympathetic for the man. I hope that I do not fit into "the desensitized youth" that you mentioned. I know the 13-17 next to my name might cause instant bias to some, however I am close to 18 (still very young, I know) and I do know what it is like to lose someone.
That being said, all I was trying to say this whole time is that the man cannot receive zero blame for his own death, and I also must agree with Lionhart and Challenger, I think that`s a good idea to help prevent this (although for #2 that could also cause some complications with availability of paramedics right? Or is it like a separate group of paramedics assigned to the elderly?)
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Female 346
Craigium does not represent me. I just hope _perfection_ grows up and realizes how cold he sounds, finds out what it means to be a good person and some how makes the world a better place by doing such. what good does it do to curse someone? Sorry, I`m angry.
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Male 1,788
"woooow...what an idiotic and ignorant thing to say. who the f*ck are you to make that call? meh, nevermind. you seem like youre meant for a darwin. hope its sooner rather than later. f*cking prick. :)"

Aww aren`t you cute? Let`s clear some things up shall we?

1. No, I`m not an, or ignorant, I`m insensitive non-nice individual.
2. Don`t even try to say that a 5 year old kid(for example), freezing to death, isn`t much more disappointing than a 93 year old freezing to death.
3. aero has it right for the most part.
4. Also, the man didn`t pay his bills, so they turned off his heat correct? As some point, you would think he would say, well golly gee, it`s getting mighty cold in here, might want to do something about it.
5. Freezing to death is like going to sleep, it`s a very easy way to go, he probably wanted it. Why? Because he was 93 and f*cking alone! Hence, my previous post.

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Male 41
_perfection_ i think i represent everybody when i say. I hope you die a slow and painful death like he did. I hope you never get in a relationship and die without kids. I also hope someone will laugh at your grave when you die alone.
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Female 39
This nearly made me cry. So many humans are caring for nothing more than the money in their pockets rather than the well-beings of their fellow humans. This man was old, and a veteran, He deserved much more respect than that.
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Female 346
Lionhart2
The elderly and disabled have "power protection" in Tasmania, which means that (a) power can NEVER be cut off at their homes, and (b) in the event of a power failure, paramedics make regular visits to their homes for the duration of the failure to check on them. Payment is not an issue as the power company is authorised to draw funds for the bill directly from their pension bank account. I feel sorry for him, but with direct deposit, phone and net banking, etc, these days, he DID have options to avoid this, no matter how immobile he was.
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You sir! give me an idea!
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Male 779
This should be considered murder.
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Male 2,506
Thats dreadfully sad, is there a link to a story on this with more info? I can imagine if my grandfather (87) passed, i would be freakishly sad because of how bad id miss im. If what CharlieA says is true, than D`:
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Male 8,300
The elderly and disabled have "power protection" in Tasmania, which means that (a) power can NEVER be cut off at their homes, and (b) in the event of a power failure, paramedics make regular visits to their homes for the duration of the failure to check on them. Payment is not an issue as the power company is authorised to draw funds for the bill directly from their pension bank account. I feel sorry for him, but with direct deposit, phone and net banking, etc, these days, he DID have options to avoid this, no matter how immobile he was.
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Female 346
I have seen this before. The poor guy was most likely suffering from depression afer the loss of his life partner. With no one to turn to, he just did not know how to reach out for help. He found a way he thought he could get the attention he needed. But no one could read the signs. Anyone who finds humor in this story is a heartless drat. Dear Jesus, what have we become?
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Agreed, CharlieA

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Female 346
Nursing homes and such are actually very expensive to live in. Not to mention the quality of care varies. Some of them are terrifying.
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Male 502
I have seen this before. The poor guy was most likely suffering from depression afer the loss of his life partner. With no one to turn to, he just did not know how to reach out for help. He found a way he thought he could get the attention he needed. But no one could read the signs. Anyone who finds humor in this story is a heartless drat. Dear Jesus, what have we become?
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Male 886
VV my first paragraph was in response to _Perfection_ and my last sentence should have been this:
As sad as it is that an old man died like this for such a dumb reason, you can`t just ignore his blame.
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Male 610
_Perfection_:
"Well the guy was 93, it`s not like he didn`t have enough time on this earth.."

woooow...what an idiotic and ignorant thing to say. who the f*ck are you to make that call? meh, nevermind. you seem like youre meant for a darwin. hope its sooner rather than later. f*cking prick. :)

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Male 886
VV Yeah, but I don`t care how old you are, I don`t think you want to freeze to death. It`s not his age, it`s how he died. ("100 year old man burned alive" "well, I mean, he was 100" yea-no.)(You`re not the only one that said that either)

Secondly, to repeat some points, while the man was 93 years old, he is not incapable of everything. For example, if he doesn`t have the strength to make a telephone call to a neighbor to come over and light his fireplace for him and keep an eye on him in general then he should be in an old-folks home or whatever the technical term is.
No one can come to help him unless he asks for it, because it seemed like no one knew him all that well enough to check on him by themselves. He does need to have some of the blame, here. I know he was old, I know some very (incompetent?) old people, but if he was able to make meals he could have done something. As said as it is that an old man died like this for such a dumb reason, you ca

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Female 346
The desensitized youth is what upsets me the most. When you`re older and possibly in the same situation as he was you won`t be thinking the same thing, I`m sure. Yes, I know a few of you have some sort of smarty pants come back for that. Yes I know the world isn`t perfect. But it`s things like this that make it harder. The lack of sensitivity. Laughing off problems instead of trying to make them better.
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Male 1,788
Well the guy was 93, it`s not like he didn`t have enough time on this earth..
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Male 247
This is truly a sad story on so many levels. I live just south of Bay City Michigan. It is not a huge metropolis. And it`s power company is a city-level cooperative (which other communities have in Michigan as well). Something went terribly wrong here. Terribly wrong.
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Male 334
well, that kinda brought my night down a level or two. depressing story.
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Male 817
"93-Year-Old Man Freezes To Death In His Home. He has $1,100 in unpaid electric bills but they still should have allowed him to keep his heat..."

Riiiiight, because the electric company has a magic button they push just to make your heat work and nothing else. If you don`t pay for the service, you don`t get it. As much as I hate to say it. If the electric company did float him the electricity to heat his home, how many other people would simply stop paying bills knowing they`d get the same treatment, and if they didn`t they could sue the volts off of the Electric company.

And the people at the end of the video complaining about how something should have been done, et cetera make me think their solution would be Robin Hood era tax collectors.

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Male 265
This is really sad, but whats even sadder is the fact that its going to happen again to some other person somewhere else with a different company.
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Female 346
I can`t believe some of the people posting on here. He was an old man. No children. No wife. And a veteran. Yes, he had the intention of paying his bill but in such weather someone of his age I imagine it`s hard to even walk down to the mail box. Di he have any one giving him assistance? It didn`t seem like such. There should be people looking out for senior citizens. Especially ones that don`t have family. This was a failure on the part of the electric company for over looking the fact that this gentleman was probably disabled because of his age not only that but the temperatures alone were reasons to keep the electricity on. It`s outrageous really.
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Male 2,395
Really sad he had to die in a terrible way, poor man. :(
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Female 2
There`s nothing there saying whether or not he was capable of getting out in the cold, driving to the utility company and paying his bill, now is there? Utility companies do this crap all the time. They don`t care if you can`t pay, they don`t want a payment plan, they want their money like everyone else. And there are laws stating that if it is below freezing (which is 32 degrees Fahrenheit) then they aren`t supposed to shut you off (out of common, human kindness and courtesy) but most utility companies don`t abide by that. Mine doesn`t, they shut people off all the time that are a few days late with their bills even if they have young children in the house. It`s sick and cruel and that was a horrible way for that old man to die. No sympathy anymore. Some of you are kind of quick to judge. Obviously you haven`t been around too many 90 year old`s. They aren`t that mobile.
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Male 430
That was really sad.
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Female 30
I agree, USFEmoGirl...people do need to have more compassion. Maybe not let the bills just go unpaid, but work with the guy. He was 93 years old, and had no one to take care of him. It was obviously cold, and probably icy...maybe he couldn`t get out to the mailbox for whatever reason. I think it`s horrible, and extremely sad. Rest in peace :(
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Male 870
Pretty much everyone (except maybe teenagers who don`t think things through) agrees that when a man dies over a thousand dollars it`s a terrible thing.
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Female 1,082
sad, but he was old, he was going soon anyway. it`s a shame it could have been prevented, but its not the electric company`s fault
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Female 609
this is so sadd =(
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Female 741
has anyone seen the old man that fell asleep in his tub of boiling water and laid there for weeks on Rotten?
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Male 7,378
he should have got a job
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Male 9,305
Sad that he had to die like that.
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Male 2,855
he was a 93 year old man, no one is to blame here.
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Male 886
@USFEmoGirl, the temperature in his home was below +32 degrees, not -32 degrees.
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Male 162
A 93 year old widower. No children to look after him. Sorry, there is more to the story, kids. Depression is a silent, viscious killer.
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Male 886
You would think he could have used his fireplace and told someone that he didn`t have any heat, asked for help or something. Not to say that the electric company shouldn`t have any blame for his death, but I have to say that the man could have done something to stop from freezing to death, right? I think he holds part of the blame for his own death...
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Male 472
he did pay it. but didnt mail it seems like.

guess someone didnt know how to use the mail box.

sad that he doesnt have anyone that would help him.

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Female 1,436
Honestly, people need to have more compassion. I am not saying that professional lines should be crossed with emotional lines but if the man didn`t pay his bill - why not work out a payment plan with him? I doubt that the majority of individuals have $1100 just stored away in a safe spot for situations to arise. Considering it was NEGATIVE 32 degrees - they should have given this a little more thought prior to just turning it off.

Then the moron from the electric company has the nerve to say that.

And this is our current society people. Welcome to reality.

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Male 52
what KIND OF CREUL HORRIBLE PERSON doesnt OFFER THEIR SERVICES FOR FREE to a person whose FULLY CAPABLE OF PAYING THEM??? WHYYYYY?!!!

...someone call a waaaaahmbulance.

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Female 1,380
so if someone decides not to pay their bills they should still be allowed to use what the bill was for?
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Female 362
Link: 93-Year-Old Man Freezes To Death In His Home [Rate Link] - He has $1,100 in unpaid electric bills but they still should have allowed him to keep his heat...
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