A Very Hot Topic

I'm an ordinary guy...

If you don’t make your car payment, can you reasonably expect to drive off the lot with a car?  If you don’t pay your doctor, can you reasonably expect him to take care of you next time you are sick?  If you don’t pay your $75 for fire protection, will the fire department really stand by and watch while your house burns to the ground?

Well, that’s only approximately what happened in Tennessee this past week.

From the story:

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late.  They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton.  But the Cranicks did not pay.


I have yet to talk to anyone who didn’t find this an engaging question. Where does an ordinary guy draw the line?

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