"No Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan veteran should ever freeze to death in America because they can't afford the utility bills"
From the article, it appeared they already had a policy of not turning off heat for anyone over 65.
It's not like they don't already have a safety net in place for people like him.
What do you suggest?
1. Enter every residence to verify it is indeed vacant? Should the utility company automatically have this right or are court orders to be automatically given?
2. Pass a law that no utility companies are allowed to ever shut anyone off? Like one poster said, this is the result of a free market economy.
So I ask, honestly, what do you suggest should have happened instead, without all the knee jerk responses and empty words of how power should never be turned off, etc. Easy for you to say.
What should the gas company have done instead?
This was an unfortunate perfect storm that created this situation but doesn't the man who died have a slightest amount of responsibility for himself?
I feel for him considering he likely had some kind of mental issue that effected his judgement, but unless or until all utilities are free free free, this kind of thing will happen.