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Charlie Foxtrot



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Some people who need medical care but can't afford it go to the emergency room. Others just hope they'll get better. James Richard Verone robbed a bank.

Earlier this month, Verone (pictured), a 59-year-old convenience store clerk, walked into a Gaston, N.C., bank and handed the cashier a note demanding $1 and medical attention. Then he waited calmly for police to show up.

He's now in jail and has an appointment with a doctor this week.

Verone's problems started when he lost the job he'd held for 17 years as a Coca Cola deliveryman, amid the economic downturn. He found new work driving a truck, but it didn't last. Eventually, he took a part-time position at the convenience store.

But Verone's body wasn't up to it. The bending and lifting made his back ache. He had problems with his left foot, making him limp. He also suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Then he noticed a protrusion on his chest. "The pain was beyond the tolerance that I could accept," Verone told the Gaston Gazette. "I kind of hit a brick wall with everything."

Verone knew he needed help--and he didn't want to be a burden on his sister and brothers. He applied for food stamps, but they weren't enough either.

So he hatched a plan. On June 9, he woke up, showered, ironed his shirt. He mailed a letter to the Gazette, listing the return address as the Gaston County Jail.

"When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me," Verone wrote in the letter. "This robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body."

Then Verone hailed a cab to take him to the RBC Bank. Inside, he handed the teller his $1 robbery demand.

"I didn't have any fears," said Verone. "I told the teller that I would sit over here and wait for police."

The teller was so frightened that she had to be taken to the hospital to be checked out. Verone, meanwhile, was taken to jail, just as he'd planned it.

Because he only asked for $1, Verone was charged with larceny, not bank robbery. But he said that if his punishment isn't severe enough, he plans to tell the judge that he'll do it again. His $100,000 bond has been reduced to $2,000, but he says he doesn't plan to pay it.

In jail, Verone said he skips dinner to avoid too much contact with the other inmates. He's already seen some nurses and is scheduled to see a doctor on Friday. He said he's hoping to receive back and foot surgery, and get the protrusion on his chest treated. Then he plans to spend a few years in jail, before getting out in time to collect Social Security and move to the beach.

Verone also presented the view that if the United States had a health-care system which offered people more government support, he wouldn't have had to make the choice he did.

"If you don't have your health you don't have anything," Verone said.

The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance. But most of its provisions don't go into effect until 2014.

As it is, Verone said he thinks he chose the best of a bunch of bad options. "I picked jail."


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Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:05 am
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Captiv8



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Cripes. Desperate days require desperate measures, I suppose. I'm not going to pretend that I know what it's like to be robbed, but the hospitalized teller, undoubtedly under some form of healthcare, being so frightened is an overreaction. When an old dude with no weapon "robs" me for a dollar and waits patiently in the corner for the police I'm not breaking a sweat. I've had bums act more aggressive for a quarter.
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:22 am
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this is kinda like the plot of gridlock'd.. without TuPac and the pulp fiction dude..
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:43 pm
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Sounds like a solid plan to me
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:48 pm
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shame they can't just cut out all the prison time and give healthcare. It would surely be cheaper.
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:38 pm
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Captiv8



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futuristxen wrote:
shame they can't just cut out all the prison time and give healthcare. It would surely be cheaper.


That would be the sensible, humanitarian thing right? Unfortunately those in charge typically act like the letter of the law is indelible.
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:11 pm
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Sage Francis
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But think of all the jobs that would be lost! Not to mention the cheap labor.
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:37 pm
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I'd gladly pay higher taxes so old dudes don't have to go to jail to get free health care... but you gotta let me start smoking in bars again...
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:21 pm
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A friend of mine knows the guy and is going to be interviewing him in jail soon. Pretty crazy. And terrible that it's come to this.
Post Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:25 pm
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mortalthoughts
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adic wrote:
I'd gladly pay higher taxes so old dudes don't have to go to jail to get free health care... but you gotta let me start smoking in bars again...


haha! well played!
Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:53 am
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sneeeeb
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Prison -- Day 1:


Warden: So you think you're cute, huh? You want the health care? Guard!

Guard: Yes, sir?

Warden: Put him in the cell with "health care"

Guard (smirking): yes sir.
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Little does he know, "Health care" is the name of a big black, white and Latino mixed inmate with a taste for gooch and an affinity for choking the love out of people?
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Way to ruin the subtle complexity of my beautiful art
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