Man politely robs bank for $1, lands free healthcare in prison

Man politely robs bank for $1, lands free healthcare in prison

Summary: Man robs bank for $1 so he could have free healthcare in prison. Talk about living the American dream!

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On June 9th, 59 year-old James Richard Verone made a decision that would hopefully change his life for the better: he decided to rob a bank for the grand total of $1. Now, how in the world could robbing a bank result in a reward that could better someone's life? Free healthcare, that's how. Yes, in a county right next to my very own, a man sits in prison, thankful for the opportunity to be provided free healthcare after being unable to get assistance via alternate avenues -- including filing for disability, applying for early Social Security, homeless shelters, and seeking medical help through charitable organizations -- for the serious health issues he had been developing. To quote the Gaston Gazette:
Verone didn’t want to scare anyone. He executed the robbery the most passive way he knew how. He handed the teller a note demanding one dollar, and medical attention. “I didn’t have any fears,” said Verone. “I told the teller that I would sit over here and wait for police.” The teller, however, did have some fears even though Verone never showed a weapon. Her blood pressure shot up and once Verone was handcuffed by police, the teller was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital to be checked out. Verone said he was sorry for causing the woman any pain.
As for where he stands on the issue of socialized medical care, Verone had the following to offer:
Verone says he’s not a political man. But he has a lot to say on the subject of socialized medical care. He suspects he wouldn’t be talking to a reporter through a metal screen wearing an orange jumpsuit if such an option were available in the U.S. “If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything,” said Verone. The man has high hopes with his recent incarceration. He has seen several nurses and has an appointment with a doctor Friday. The ideal scenario would include back and foot surgery and a diagnosis and treatment of the protrusion on his chest, he said. He would serve a few years in prison and get out in time to collect Social Security and move to the beach.
While so much attention is being given to those who are hacking into computer systems these days, folks like Verone are busy "hacking" into other types of systems, themselves! Naturally, while his plan is quite clever and innocent in nature, this will not sit well with a number of tax-payers -- not just for the fact that the man had to do this in the first place, but that he could do it to get what he knew he would receive. This type of thing isn't new, though; maybe this scenario, but crime happens regularly by individuals who just want to have a roof over their head and food to eat. Might as well add healthcare to the list of reasons to rob a bank, right? To close:
Verone said he hears the other men talk about the revolving door that jail has become for them. He hopes he doesn’t join the ranks of the repeat offender. But today, he has no regrets about the robbery or where it landed him. “If I had not exercised all the alternatives I would be sitting here saying, ‘Man I feel bad about it,’” he said. But Verone said he thinks he made the right choice for his situation. “I picked jail.”
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  • Inspirational or outrageous?

    How about just plain sad. Reminds me of this story

    http://holykaw.alltop.com/school-superintendent-requests-school-be-turn

    There seems to be endless money in America for keeping people locked up or welfare for Corporations, but nothing for helping out our fellow Americans.
    mdemuth
    • RE: Man politely robs bank for $1, lands free healthcare in prison

      @mdemuth I was born and raised in California, where every few years sentences get reduced to let serious offenders out because it is too expensive to house them. California, followed closely by the rest of the country, is broke in large part to giving free healthcare, education (including in-statue tuition to colleges), and subsidized housing for people who are trying to say their mere presence (breaking our sovreignty laws) for a long time gives them rights.
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      • RE: Man politely robs bank for $1, lands free healthcare in prison

        @lfanterickson
        Is this really the reason your state is broke? I doubt it.
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      • RE: Man politely robs bank for $1, lands free healthcare in prison

        @lfanterickson Your state is broke because they passed a measure requiring any tax increase to be approved by the voters before being enacted. Naturally, voters rejected almost every tax increase, so your state kept spending but had no way to raise revenue.
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      @mdemuth Jails are too nice when people want to go there. Even more sad that healthcare in jail is better than outside.
      LarsDennert
      • RE: Man politely robs bank for $1, lands free healthcare in prison

        @LarsDennert : AND the additional sadness is that publication of this persons "success" will just encourage that many MORE "needy" (in their own minds) "entitlists" to do same!!! When, oh WHEN will journalists realize how much they are taken for a ride every day??? We can be sure this was really NOT the only option laft to this person, but for some reason he had an idea it was. Wonder if they also gave him a mental health checkup! (Doubt it - that costs too much for the taxpayers to pay for... Double standards at their best)
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    As long as there are loopholes, we would have Verone
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    • Yet another looking to leach off the hard work of others

      Now elevated by the Left to hero status. The obvious solution is to drop free healthcare for criminals!
      Richard Flude
      • Typical

        @Richard Flude
        Because being sick is just like being poor; it is all a choice, right? Just a little John Wayne 'moral fortitude' and our alcoholic hero can be sipping beer by the end because all they needed was a little backbone!

        You would think that myth would die in an educated society.
        Guess since the US falls so far behind every other first world county in education you could be excused.
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      • Im neither American nor uneducated

        The favorite leftist calls to shutdown debate. <br><br>Perhaps you'd like to explain why criminals should be entitled to better healthcare than law abiding citizens. Or is it your so busy reaching into my pockets to pay for your latest pet project (typically whilst evading taxes themselves) you haven't thought about it.
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