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(PopCrush Albany)   So you say your house burnt down just in time for the holidays and you have nothing left? Hmmm Awkward. Here's a water bill for the hydrant the fire dept used to water down the leftover debris once known as your home and stuff. Ok-thanks-bye   ( divider line
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2012-12-01 01:27:52 AM  
4 votes:
Market-bases solutions are always best.

When a fire envelopes your home, you should have the freedom to carefully choose who fights the fire.

The cost of water is only one of several factors to consider in the negotiations.
2012-11-30 09:11:37 PM  
4 votes:

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Q. What sound does Poestenkill water make when it hits hot ashes?
2012-11-30 08:43:03 PM  
2 votes:
Why not add in wear and tear on the uniforms, gas for the engine, helmet polish, and dalmatian paw salve while you're at it? Commit to your douchebaggery--make me believe it.
2012-12-01 10:50:37 AM  
1 vote:
Good thing none of ones family died , they would charge you for the body bags!!!
2012-12-01 02:45:53 AM  
1 vote:
He's giving them lumps of coal in their stockings, which are, quite ironically, the last of his few remaining possessions.
2012-12-01 01:50:18 AM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: sycraft: The problem is that you aren't putting the fire out for you, after all his house burned down, you are putting it out for everyone else.

This right here.

Bill 'em all and let God sort 'em out!
2012-12-01 01:37:08 AM  
1 vote:
oooh, I get to tell my BSB again!

So, I get a call from the water company. I've used 20,000 gallons more than usual this month.

I spend five minutes alternatively pleading and threatening about how this is all a mistake, this can't be right, it must be somewhere in the pipe to the house (it wasn't), etc.

When I stopped for air, the lady on the other end said in a bored tone "It's twenty bucks".

I paid it.

$1400 water bill? How many millions of gallons did they use?
2012-12-01 01:35:17 AM  
1 vote:
"You know all that sh*t that people pay taxes for?"


"Let's bill them for it anyhoo."

2012-12-01 01:30:21 AM  
1 vote:

sycraft: Lsherm: ZAZ: Emergency services are supposed to be free where I live. The fire department is paid for by taxes and is considered a basic government service. Cities can't even charge higher taxes for people with harder-to-extinguish buildings.

As I pointed out in another thread, 70% of all fire departments in the US are volunteer. That means you pay if you have a fire. And if you use another county's water to fight a fire, you have to pay that county for it.

This is what services actually cost, which is why the people in the story are being billed. Some people don't understand that services cost money, just:

Emergency services are supposed to be free where I live. The fire department is paid for by taxes

That about sums it up. "Free" and "paid for by taxes" are interchangeable to the this mindset.

The problem is that you aren't putting the fire out for you, after all his house burned down, you are putting it out for everyone else. Rare is the case the fire department can get to a house fire quick enough to save much. Any fire that needs the department is likely to get real big, real fast, and water damage is not trivial. However, if you ignore the fire, well, just ask London about what happened in 1666. You can have a whole damn city burn down.

So the home owner could have ignored it, not called 911, said "Well, insurance will cover it, I don't want to pay for the water." Then as the fire spread, the town would get to pay for a whole lot more water as their shiat started catching on fire.

Fire service is the kind of thing you really have to be willing to publicly fund because it isn't the person who's place is on fire that has the issue, it is everyone else around them. If my place catches fire, my insurance company is paying out my coverage pretty much no matter what. A fire would spread quick in my house, and the fire department does not spare on the water putting shiat out. That's not why I'd call them, I'd call them because I'd rather not see my neig ...

Tell that to the tea party and the libertarians
2012-12-01 01:24:37 AM  
1 vote:
Wait until they get the bill from the Red Cross for the sandwiches, coffee, blankets and hotel room.
2012-12-01 01:19:50 AM  
1 vote:

Jesda: Most objections to small government have to do with the expansion of federal powers worldwide, not local fire services.

Bullshiat. You've never been to a town council meeting.
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