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(Metro)   Man applies for benefits after losing leg, is accused of fraud when officials examine the good one. BRILLIANT   (metro.co.uk) divider line 49
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2013-08-20 07:32:53 PM
yeah, it's a confusing mix-up, but it's not the fail that subby's headline implies.

/subby needs to understand the order of events better
 
2013-08-20 07:36:54 PM
The officials tried to examine the right limb, but since it no longer exists, they decided to examine the limb that is still there.
 
2013-08-20 07:38:06 PM
A Department of Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: 'We cannot comment on individual cases.
'In this case the defendant's health deteriorated as the case was being progressed. In light of his deteriorating health it was not in the public interest for this case to continue.'


....because we'd look more like complete fools than we already do.
 
2013-08-20 07:39:52 PM
Of course, if this were America, he'd probably be in some cardboard box somewhere, unable to get health insurance because of a "pre-existing condition".  Of course, his leg not existing is the cause of that condition, but hey, we make the money, we make the rules.
 
2013-08-20 07:40:29 PM
After worrying about his appearance at Exeter crown court for months, the case was thrown out in less than five minutes after Emily Pitts offered no evidence on behalf of the DWP.

Dang, I guess I'll have to find something else to be outraged over.
 
2013-08-20 07:41:34 PM
That's an unfortunate name for a one-legged man.
 
2013-08-20 07:45:18 PM
blogs.hpedsb.on.ca
 
2013-08-20 07:49:07 PM
FTA: "He had suffered long-standing problems with the leg..."

More like long-sitting, amirite?
 
2013-08-20 07:49:35 PM
There are too many jokes here, subby, you failed.
One legged Robert Punter.
FTFA - "He had suffered long-standing problems with the leg after it was shattered in a boyhood shotgun accident in which he almost died. "
 
2013-08-20 07:51:29 PM
I guess his case didn't have any standing
 
2013-08-20 07:52:43 PM

don't understand: That's an unfortunate name for a one-legged man.


his friends call him Skip.
 
2013-08-20 07:54:43 PM

Cyrus the Mediocre: I guess his case didn't have any standing


No. He was sitting. It was the DWP who had no standing.
 
2013-08-20 07:55:53 PM

bugcrusher: There are too many jokes here, subby, you failed.
One legged Robert Punter.
FTFA - "He had suffered long-standing problems with the leg after it was shattered in a boyhood shotgun accident in which he almost died. "


Damn you!!! Why did I have to read the whole article?!

/came back to say this so...
//this.
///hate lazy fark who say "this."
////what?
//too many slashies
//seriously...
 
2013-08-20 07:59:47 PM
"I knew a man with a wooden leg named Robert Punter."

"Really? What was the name of his other leg?"
 
2013-08-20 08:00:42 PM
i45.photobucket.com
Perhaps it's best you favor the other leg.
 
2013-08-20 08:27:05 PM
This sounds like a Monty Python skit.
 
2013-08-20 08:27:22 PM
He got hurt twice, got better once, getting better sent a big red flag that triggered automatic systems and paperwork and no one looked too closely at any other ongoing cases he might have open. Meh, I've seen much worse abuses of bureaucracy, this just screams "overworked" to me.

The fact that they figured it out and didn't cancel the hearing was inexcusable, though. The stress of an upcoming court date really can negatively affect anyone's health.
 
2013-08-20 08:36:22 PM

clipperbox: don't understand: That's an unfortunate name for a one-legged man.

his friends call him Skip.


I'd heard it was Tripp.
 
2013-08-20 08:38:23 PM

calbert: yeah, it's a confusing mix-up, but it's not the fail that subby's headline implies.

/subby needs to understand the order of events better


I'm really not getting your point. He was hauled into court and accused of fraud when there was none. That's pretty good FAIL by me.
 
2013-08-20 08:39:34 PM
I bet he and his girlfriend, Ilene, make quite a pair.
 
2013-08-20 08:41:29 PM
Did it make him hopping mad?
 
2013-08-20 08:47:00 PM

edmo: calbert: yeah, it's a confusing mix-up, but it's not the fail that subby's headline implies.

/subby needs to understand the order of events better

I'm really not getting your point. He was hauled into court and accused of fraud when there was none. That's pretty good FAIL by me.

Man applies for benefits after losing leg


Wrong. he had both of his legs when he applied for benefits.

/order of events
 
2013-08-20 08:47:35 PM
I Loved that in court they did not try to defend their fail.
 
2013-08-20 08:55:24 PM

edmo: calbert: yeah, it's a confusing mix-up, but it's not the fail that subby's headline implies.

/subby needs to understand the order of events better

I'm really not getting your point. He was hauled into court and accused of fraud when there was none. That's pretty good FAIL by me.


1: gets shot in the Leg at 12
2: due to arthritis, has an operation done on the foot on the other leg
3: gets told de to his arthritis, and his "Bad leg" he qualified for Disability. Starts the Process
4: While being processed he has to have his "bad Leg amputated", Paper work isnt updated
5: Disability claimed flagged because, for what ever reason, the Primary Disability was listed as the Athletic Toe(that is now healed and much better) then the "Bad Leg"
6: State sees error and fixes it, but never cancels hearing
 
2013-08-20 09:05:29 PM
Bureaucrats
Nothing but overpaid seat warmers that can only process information a a snail's pace and never admit mistakes, let along try to make good when they screw up.
They are living proof that the human conscience in one of the most over-rated thing on this planet.
 
2013-08-20 09:08:32 PM
I heard that he was offered a job at IHOP.
 
2013-08-20 09:13:43 PM
Read it to the end. He had trouble with his left leg, got benefits over trouble with a right toe and got served notice, THEN doctors found a problem worthy of removing his left leg.

Clearly this scofflaw went out of his way to avoid prosecution.
 
2013-08-20 09:17:13 PM
All time ironic name contest winner?
 
2013-08-20 09:28:56 PM
Welcome to Obama's America.
 
2013-08-20 09:34:25 PM

a particular individual: FTA: "He had suffered long-standing problems with the leg..."

More like long-sitting, amirite?


No it was right the first time. They just put the hyphen in the wrong place.
 
2013-08-20 09:34:52 PM
"Sorry son, for some reason we had your file under the name Hopper"
 
2013-08-20 09:42:29 PM

phojo1946: I heard that he was offered a job at IHOP.


Bad. No more mean jokes. They make me laugh too much.
 
2013-08-20 09:43:32 PM

ultraholland: Welcome to Obama's America.


If this is a troll, it's brilliantly done. You can usually see these kinds of posts coming a mile away, but I was not expecting the "Obama's America" thing in this thread. Well played.
 
2013-08-20 09:45:29 PM

WhoGAS: I bet he and his girlfriend, Ilene, make quite a pair.


Peg must be very jealous.
 
2013-08-20 09:49:45 PM
Claiming benefits for a flesh wound. That's fraud! :)
 
2013-08-20 09:51:28 PM

leadmetal: Claiming benefits for a flesh wound. That's fraud! :)

www.delvedigger.com

(fark didn't like the first image)
 
2013-08-20 09:54:48 PM

Rindred: clipperbox: don't understand: That's an unfortunate name for a one-legged man.

his friends call him Skip.

I'd heard it was Tripp.


No, they don't have a name for him.  He never comes when you call him anyways.
 
2013-08-20 10:14:57 PM
"He had suffered long-standing problems with the leg after it was shattered in a boyhood shotgun accident in which he almost died."

"He had long suffered standing problems with the leg after it was shattered in a boyhood shotgun accident in which he almost died."

Eh, either way.
 
2013-08-20 10:17:49 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Bureaucrats
Nothing but overpaid seat warmers that can only process information a a snail's pace and never admit mistakes, let along try to make good when they screw up.
They are living proof that the human conscience in one of the most over-rated thing on this planet.


Trolls on Fark.
Nothing but basement dwelling unemployed trogs that like to generalize about things they don't know about and then pretend that they are a puppet master.
They are living proof that all of the good the internet does is outweighed by subjecting the world to the ignorance of some sweaty creep who stinks of mold.
 
2013-08-20 10:29:20 PM
Is this your amputated leg?

www.thepeoplescube.com
 
2013-08-20 10:37:28 PM

WhoGAS: I bet he and his girlfriend, Ilene, make quite a pair.


Does he swim in his neighbor Bobs pool?
 
2013-08-20 10:45:42 PM
#2 daughter works for a cabinet that advocates for people in similar situations to the gentleman in TFA. Obviously, the overwhelming majority of cases is not this egregious, but the number of errors by bureaucrats in interpreting medical reports is surprisingly high.
 
2013-08-20 11:06:24 PM

Gyrfalcon: A Department of Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: 'We cannot comment on individual cases.
'In this case the defendant's health deteriorated as the case was being progressed. In light of his deteriorating health it was not in the public interest for this case to continue.'

....because we'd look more like complete fools than we already do.


In all completeness (I am not a barrister though I have been known to wear my black bedsheets like a toga and dance underneath a full moon with my grandma's wig) I'd have to guess that there are some major privacy regulations that go along with looking at those records, so even if they wanted to comment and had a good reason for doing so they'd probably lose their jobs if they did.  Doesn't mean they weren't tools, just that we only have half of the story.
 
2013-08-20 11:18:59 PM
This is not news, it's a simple mixup. It would be news if they denied him benefits, but "the case was thrown out in less than five minutes"

Do they seriously not have anything better to report on?
 
2013-08-20 11:40:21 PM

Grandiloquent Grapefruit: This is not news, it's a simple mixup. It would be news if they denied him benefits, but "the case was thrown out in less than five minutes"

Do they seriously not have anything better to report on?


It was certainly news-worthy for the man who had to deal with their bureaucratic bullshiat and all the ill health effects that came as a result, and it is certainly news-worth to anyone else who may have to deal with the same bureaucrats in the future - public policy is shaped by public perception, so yeah this is farking news.

/try looking at more than your own navel sometime
 
2013-08-21 02:40:57 AM
The govt. carries out assessments for disability claims in buildings with no disabled access.

If the applicant can get in to the building for their appointment, they're not disabled and lose their benefits.

If they can't get in, they miss their appointment and lose their benefit.

That's some catch, that Catch-22.
 
2013-08-21 06:16:08 AM
graphics8.nytimes.com
 
wud
2013-08-21 06:49:23 AM

IlGreven: Of course, if this were America, he'd probably be in some cardboard box somewhere, unable to get health insurance because of a "pre-existing condition".  Of course, his leg not existing is the cause of that condition, but hey, we make the money, we make the rules.


But his leg was pre-existing.
 
2013-08-21 07:53:48 AM

IlGreven: Of course, if this were America, he'd probably be in some cardboard box somewhere, unable to get health insurance because of a "pre-existing condition".  Of course, his leg not existing is the cause of that condition, but hey, we make the money, we make the rules.


..while meanwhile, Medicare is obliviously churning out checks for bogus artificial-limb claims, then figuring out they've been had after the money is long gone.
 
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