Unemployed and without health insurance, man in North Carolina has himself arrested in order to receive treatment.It was not perhaps the most obvious way of getting a bad back, arthritis and a dodgy foot seen to. But if you’re unemployed in North Carolina with no health insurance, there is no obvious way.So on 9 June James Verone left his Gastonia home, took a ride to a bank and carried out a robbery. Well, sort of.
What he did was hand the clerk a note that said: This is a bank robbery, please only give me one dollar. Then, as he later told the local NBC news station, he calmly sat in the corner of the bank having told the clerk: I’ll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police.Before his peculiarly modest robbery, Verone, 59, sent a letter to the Gaston Gazette. When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.
He invited the paper to send a reporter to interview him in Gaston county jail, where he is now in custody facing charges of stealing from a person (for just $1 the prosecutors didn’t think they could hold up a bank robbery charge).He told the paper he had lost his job after 17 years as a Coca-Cola delivery man, and with it his health insurance. He was in increasing pain from slipped discs, arthritic joints, a gammy foot and a growth on his chest.Since being in the jail he has attained his goal: he has been seen by nurses and an appointment with a doctor is booked.