James Verone Robs Bank of $1 to Get Free Prison Health Care
Times are tough if you’re sick and unemployed in America, the only country in the industrialized world in which health care is not considered a basic human right and provided universally to all citizens. Indeed, our “national health plan” can best be summed up in three short words: don’t get sick.
But one aging North Carolina man besieged by multiple health problems has found an ingenious, if not extreme, way to get free care. According to the Huffington Post, 59-year-old James Verone, who has a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot, robbed a bank. He walked right up to the teller and handed her a note demanding one whole dollar. He told her he’d be sitting in a nearby chair, waiting for the police to come arrest him.
“This is the first time I’ve been in trouble with the law,” Verone told WCNC from a Gastonia, North Carolina prison. “I’m sort of a logical person, and this was my logic. This is what I came up with.”
With no job, the desperately ill man figured that was his best bet to get his ailments treated. Charged with larceny, Verone hopes to be released after three years when he’ll be old enough to start collecting Social Security benefits.
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