Posted by Karl Denninger
There’s stupid, and then there’s really stupid.
Apparently, the town of Tracy, California (a bit east of the Bay Area) has decided to turn 911 emergency calls into a profit center. Karl Bode points us to the news that the town now wants people to pay $300 for every 911 call. Of course, if you think you might be a frequent 911 caller, they’ve got a plan for that. For the low, low, low price of just $48 per year, you can call 911 as many times as you want. Yes, that’s right folks, there’s a special deal for those of you who regularly have emergencies. Make sure to order now!
There is an update on this – apparently it will only apply if the fire department has to respond to medical emergencies.
You know, like, for example, if you’re driving down the road and see a horrible single-car wreck happen in front of you?
The 911 system has just become worthless folks.
I won’t dial any more when traveling, and I’ve phoned in a couple of really bad single-vehicle accidents that I happened upon “first.” I have no idea if my doing so saved lives or not, but it is reasonable to assume that it might have.
Those people may now die, because unless I can be assured that I won’t get hit with a $300 bill for calling in an accident everywhere in this nation I’m not going to do it, and this sort of idiocy has a way of spreading – rapidly.
Thanks to the people of Tracy, California, which believes that raping its citizens is the most important aspect of things, I can no longer use my cell phone to call in auto accidents without the risk of being charged $300 for being a good Samaritan.