I just saw a news report that got me so emotionally upset, that it makes me loose faith in the world. You can read about it here: Tennessee Family's Home Burns to the Ground as Firefighters Stand and Watch
To sum it up, in this (and many) rural counties you have to pay a fee for fire service. It's called "Pay to Spray", and because a household forgot to pay, the Fire Department where required by law to let their house burn to the ground. The fire department only came because a neighbor called, not wanting the fire to spread. 3 Pets died in the blaze, as the firemen sat by and watched. The house owner took action into his own hands later on, going to the fire chief and assaulting him. He was arrested and is out on 5000 bond.
This has me so mad. What the hell is wrong with these people? One missed payment - and poof, there goes their home! I don't care what the law says - they should not be allowing houses to burn down like this. What the Hell is wrong with these idiots? Have they never heard of collection agencies, leans -- anything but letting a family's home go down in flames. 3 Dogs are dead because of the firemen's inaction. Where's PETA? Would a dead child wake people up to realize how stupid this "Pay to Spray" program is? I know cities are cash strapped, but there simply HAVE to be better ways to handle this then letting fires spread and robbing families of their homes.
@$%!$! Dammit! What the hell is wrong with this world! It makes me want to scream!!!!!!!
If this helps in any way, Tennessee -- I won't ever visit your city for any kind of vacation, event, whatever. I know - a worthless comment from someone who never intended to visit in the first place. But, damn, you just want to jump up and scream at the injustice of it all. They better let the owner off the hook for the assault -- intentionally letting man's house burn down can cause a man too it like that.
So, even though it won't matter - Tennessee is a place I'm going to avoid because of crap like this. There simply has to be a better way than letting an entire family's home burn down over a lousy $75.