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Firefighters Watch As Home Burns

Hits: 10543 | Rating: (2.3) | Category: Misc. | Added by: kitteh9lives
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LtotheG
Male, 18-29, Europe
 17 Posts
Monday, December 12, 2011 10:48:47 AM
THIS is why I oppose the gradual privatisation of public services in my country. America is barbaric, you wont heal the sick unless they can afford it, you wont put out a fire unless the owner can afford it. We are so much better than this as a species.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Friday, December 09, 2011 8:28:14 AM

"I want what I want when I want it" is a childish outlook on life.
They don't actually live in that city so they don't pay taxes to that city. But they expect the city to go out there and provide service {fire}. The city gave them the option of a low $75 fee but they chose not to pay it and STILL expect the city to provide services.

You make choices in life and you live with the consequences. Stop whining.

varnsen
Male, 30-39, Europe
 36 Posts
Friday, December 09, 2011 7:00:55 AM
Once again, Americans proving they are the dicks of the world.

PierreJeanFR
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1337 Posts
Friday, December 09, 2011 5:20:13 AM
USA! USA !
United States of A-holes

Musuko42
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2850 Posts
Friday, December 09, 2011 4:41:27 AM
@MeGrendel

"And what do you do when the storage unit goes up in flames and your keepsakes are not insured?"

Bury them?

It worked for Samuel Pepys. :P

Musuko42
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2850 Posts
Friday, December 09, 2011 4:36:35 AM
@Tsik

"The world doesn't work like that. The funding has to come from somewhere, otherwise you're asking a bunch of people to work for nothing."

When I visited Chile a few years back I learned that their firefighters are all unpaid volunteers (only the equipment was paid for by government).

So, for at least one part of the world, unless it's changed since my visit, yes...yes it DOES work like that.

thehitcher
Male, 18-29, Western US
 237 Posts
Friday, December 09, 2011 12:17:32 AM
damned aluminum wiringin those old trailers.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14776 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:14:59 PM
There should be an option for the owner to pay the FULL cost of fighting the fire, including a share of the cost of the supplies, equipment, the fire house. For a trailer fire, that would maybe be about $2000.

"Want us to put that out? Sign here, and press hard; you're making three copies."

Sonsglow
Male, 18-29, Western US
 202 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:33:21 PM
As a human, on a moral level, they probably should have saved their home; however, when you live in an area where there are fees to provide fire protection, and without those fees there are no: firefighters, fire engines, hoses, other equipment, etc - and you abstain from paying the fees, you also opt out of the protection. If NO ONE PAID there would be NO FIRE PROTECTION. People like this are why things like socialism and communism would never work, and they are why, to the detriment of most human beings alive on Earth, capitalism is so flagrant and valiantly fought for.

DrProfessor
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 12:23:38 PM
So the firetruck is there. They have the means of combating the fire. They are, in fact, using the water to prevent the fire from spreading anyway.

...and yet, they refuse to help fellow human beings whose entire lives are going up in smoke?

What a sad, sad state of affairs. I don't care if a person is the biggest non-nice individual in the world, or how many times they haven't paid a fee--if you see a human being suffering in front of you, and you have the means to prevent further suffering sitting in your hands, you HELP THEM.

DrProfessor
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 12:08:32 PM
I'm pretty sure this is a repost.

Cajun247
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10317 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:09:59 AM
That would cut not number of payers from 'those who want protection' to 'those who use the service', which meant the 'bill' would be to the tune of thousands of dollars. Many of those WOULD not pay, causing the Fire Department to lose money. Soon, the area would have NO fire protection?


Not really, you'd still have the incentive to subscribe and pay cents each month which would easily be covered by your paycheck, as opposed to having to pay serious dollars for a usage fee that would potentially obliterate your savings account.

Either way, with or without the usage fee* that was administered for not subscribing earlier it would still be like calling up DAN and ask them to cover your trip to and stay in the hyperbaric chamber without subscribing beforehand.

*Reminder: the usage fee only comes if they DO help you.

Orchideous
Male, 18-29, Europe
 361 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:06:58 AM
"IT'S A CONTROVERSIAL POLICY WE'VE DEALT WITH BEFORE..."

Woah, had my speakers full blast so I could hear the quiet woman, that made me jump out of my skin >:|

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4744 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:04:59 AM
alikabul-"Imagine someone coming into the ER mortally wounded."

Not equivalent. One deals with human life, the other with ~$200 worth of trailer.

Numerous findings by multiple courts has maintained that Municipal Fire Departments/Districts are not required to provide Fire Protection Services to areas that are not subject to taxes or levies by that municipality, or that have not entered into a contract with said municipality. (That may include unincorporated area or, in some cases, federal military reservations.)

Hospitals, on the other hand, are required BY LAW (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act amoung others) to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay.

Please check your facts.

alikabul
Male, 18-29, Europe
 703 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 8:23:33 AM
Imagine someone coming into the ER mortally wounded: "Excuse me, did you pay yourhealth insurance? Oh well... Let him die!"

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4744 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:57:14 AM
AvatarJohn-"Hey idiots, PAY YOUR BILL!"

While I agree with the advice, tone it down on the insults. If you researched this you will find out that the couple REALIZES they made a mistake and do not hold the Fire Department accountable.

The couple also expressed appreciation for the firetruck being on scene to make sure the fire did not spread to neighbors, and also for the city for the assistance they've received since the fire.

They made a bad decision, and are not blaming anyone but themselves.

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4744 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:54:39 AM
Izaq-"It ought to be paid by the state"

And where is the state to get the money?

Fire departments in the United States are LOCAL. They are paid by taxes from the people in the area they cover, be it City, town or (sometimes) County.

In this case, these people live in an unincorporated part of the county. They chose to live outside the city. The wanted Fire service, but when the city tried to levy a tax to cover the expense the courts ruled they have no jurisdiction to levy taxes in the county (probably after someone in the county sued), which also means they have so jurisdiction of responsibility to provide fire service.

As a former member of a small town volunteer fire department I will tell you that the State & Feds only gives you regulations on how to run your departmen, not anyway to fund it.

AvatarJohn
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 1017 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:45:19 AM
Hey idiots, PAY YOUR BILL! If you don't pay your electric bill, they turn off your electricity. If you don't pay your cable bill, they shut off your cable. If yout don't pay your fire bill, they let your house burn down. Personal responsibility, half-wit morons! Guess what, it should be the same with your health insurance -- if you're too irresponsible to buy it, you don't get life-saving treatment. Welcome to real life!

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4744 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:40:49 AM
pigsnout5-"they can pay it later, like a bill"

That would cut not number of payers from 'those who want protection' to 'those who use the service', which meant the 'bill' would be to the tune of thousands of dollars. Many of those WOULD not pay, causing the Fire Department to lose money. Soon, the area would have NO fire protection?

pigsnout5-"city should stop taking all the taxpayers' money for themselves"

The city is not taking ANY of these taxpayers money. THAT'S the point. The City can not Levy Taxes on them, so they are not responsible for fire protection in that area. They OFFERED it for a fee.

patchgrabber-"should be allowed to levy a tax for those services."

Agreed, good thinking. They should, but it has been ruled they 'don't have the jurisdiction'. A non-jurisdiction is a non-jurisdiction, which means no-taxee, no-servicee.

Izaq
Male, 30-39, Europe
 175 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:35:03 AM
Fair enough: They didn't pay so they get no service!

BUT, why do people need to pay a fire fee? It ought to be paid by the state. It's really horrible how poor people are left completely on their own. How can a "civilized" country leave some people the choice between say education and fire fees. Horrible country...

Tsik
Male, 30-39, Europe
 34 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:25:05 AM
""Are you kidding me? In a civilized country both firedepartment and ambulance service should belong to everybody, free of charge no matter where you live."

The world doesn't work like that. The funding has to come from somewhere, otherwise you're asking a bunch of people to work for nothing."

One question. Where are the tax money go ? If not in social services (like firemen) Where ????

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5726 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:16:21 AM
if there is a fee, they can pay it later, like a bill


I actually agree with this. If I have to use an ambulance (in a non-life-threatening scenario), they send me a bill afterward in the mail. My health insurance covers a certain amount for ambulance services, so why wouldn't a system like that work?

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5726 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:12:45 AM
why should the city be to blame?


When did I say to blame the city? It's a messed up system BECAUSE they should be allowed to levy a tax for those services.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26214 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 5:42:16 AM
vv @drworm is on the ball! lolz!

@pigsnout5: Sure, they'll put out the fire with the firetrucks they haven't got, because NO ONE PAID for them! Imaginary firetrucks don't work that well, eh?

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26214 Posts
Thursday, December 08, 2011 5:39:20 AM
Wasn't this old news months ago?

I thought so too @vegascartman, but really this is like the 3rd time it's happened in that area. The first time was a year or so ago and was a house. It was on IAB too (iirc).

So we should give people service that they DON'T pay for? And everyone who DOES pay is a sucker? Nice, liberal thinking there!
And if these folks are "so poor" they cannot afford $75, we'll bill them thousands for the service? Great idea liberals!

How about this: you get what you pay for!

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