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California bills man for rescuing family

Fascist California: A man pulls a family trapped in an overturned car and the local authorities in California then bill him $143 for doing their work.

It makes no sense, and neither does the explanation offered by those authorities.

Cosumnes Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin tells CBS Sacramento that, though DeAnda’s situation is unique, issuing first-responder bills is just standard practice for his district. “We’re obligated to provide the same level of service, the same billing, the same everything — for every patient we encounter,” he said.

What a crock. They are simply incompetent, and probably mistakenly recorded the man as one of the victims, and then charged them all for work the man did.


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  • Edward

    Thank goodness I do not live in Elk Grove. In the past 1-1/2 years, I have witnessed three auto accidents and have stayed to help and give a report to the police for all three cases. Next time I drive through the Elk Grove area (wherever that is — Oh, Google shows it south of Sacramento), I will not stop for any accidents — or run away as soon as a first responder approaches. I don’t know if the appeals process (guilt until proved innocent?) requires my presence, but that would be just too much.

    Come to think of it, running away may suggest guilt to the first responders and the eventual adjudicator. Better to not stop at all. Good luck, future Elk Grove accident victims.

    Do you remember when New York citizens had a reputation for not getting involved?

  • wodun

    It probably went something like this,

    “Sir, are you OK?”

    “Ya, I’m fine. It was these other people that were in the accident.”

    “Well, let’s get you checked out anyway just to be safe.”


    Then a month later the bill shows up. Had they told the man upfront they were going to charge him $143 for checking his blood pressure and shining a flashlight in his eyes, he probably would have declined their treatment.

  • Desmond Murphy

    I think your guess that they mistook him for one of the accident victims is correct. It’s stupid bureaucracy but hardly fascism.

  • Mitch S.

    I also agree with Wodun’s probable scenario.
    It would be classy if the victim family offers to foot the bill.

  • mpthompson

    Sorry for an off-topic comment, but I found these photos of the remaining Soviet era Buran shuttles fascinating and I thought others would as well. Are these recent photos? I thought the shuttles were destroyed when a build collapsed. Regardless, it’s a shame they came to this sad state.

  • wayne

    Wodun has it right.

    The guy I bought my house from was killed in a car accident shortly after we closed. For the next 2 years we regularly received “official looking” mail addressed to him from the County–I paid no attention & “returned to sender.”
    It wouldn’t stop however, so I opened up one of the Notice’s; he was being billed $400 for “accident clean-up & towing,” and in addition, he received two traffic-tickets ($350), for the accident which killed him. (he died at the scene, not sure how the Police wrote him 2 tickets.)

    mpthompson: interesting article and picture!

  • Ted

    No good deed goes unpunished!

  • Edward

    The Buran space shuttle was destroyed when it’s building’s roof collapsed.

    This page has links to some photographs:

    Although Buran only flew once — and that was unmanned — it was a part of space history, and it is a shame to have lost it.

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