Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The price of a cure
US man stages $1 bank robbery to get state healthcare
Unemployed and without health insurance, man in North Carolina has himself arrested in order to receive treatment.
It was not perhaps the most obvious way of getting a bad back, arthritis and a dodgy foot seen to. But if you're unemployed in North Carolina with no health insurance, there is no obvious way.
So on 9 June James Verone left his Gastonia home, took a ride to a bank and carried out a robbery. Well, sort of.
What he did was hand the clerk a note that said: "This is a bank robbery, please only give me one dollar."
Then, as he later told the local NBC news station, he calmly sat in the corner of the bank having told the clerk: "I'll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police."
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