Ah dear reader, so in case you still don’t believe me about the state of our country and our little known servitude to the machine of corporate America and the wealthy, here is a story where even the Government holds a second tier status to a vast Corporate Giant. Now, before you say, well, yeah the Government shouldn’t be in a superior position to anyone, our rights are more important. This was about the public welfare and the search for a distressed man.
According to The Times-Reporter on May 20, 2009 Ohio’s Carroll County sheriff organized a search party for a 62-year-old Carrollton area man man after deputies responded to a domestic call Wednesday at 2:21 p.m. The sheriff said the caller said the man was destroying the house and breaking windows and other items. But when deputies arrived they were told the man had fled and had taken several bottles of pills. So the sheriff’s department initiated an intense search overnight by Carroll County sheriff deputies, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and the patrol’s airplane. Two K-9 units, several fire departments and 100 individuals on foot also were involved in the search for the man. Sheriff Sgt. Ron Clapper and firefighters found the man about 1 a.m. the morning of May 21st after 11 hours of searching.
Now, you may be saying at this point, “So what? It’s terrible that some man in Ohio had a bit of a breakdown, but what does this have to do with the Tyranny of American Greed?” Well, the reason it took more than a hundred people 11 hours to find the man is that Verizon Wireless refused to add in locating him. Here’s what happend, Sheriff Dale Williams said he attempted to use the man’s cell phone signal to locate him, but the man was behind on his phone bill so the phone had been turned off. Williams contacted Verizon Wireless to request that they turn the phone on for a couple of minutes so they could get a fix on his location. The Verizon operator politely refused to connect the signal unless the sheriff’s department agreed to pay the overdue bill. After some haggling, Williams agreed to pay $20 toward the phone bill in order to find the man. Deputies discovered the man just as Williams was preparing to make arrangements for the payment.
“I was more concerned for the person’s life,” Williams said. “It would have been nice if Verizon would have turned on his phone for five or 10 minutes, just long enough to try and find the guy. But they would only turn it on if we agreed to pay $20 of the unpaid bill. Ridiculous.” Williams said he doesn’t know how close the situation was to becoming a tragedy because he’s not a doctor, but he thinks the man’s condition was very serious.
So, from Verizon’s perspective, a human life is worth $20. Now my friends do you realize your place in society?