WTF Our Country Is Screwed Up They Charge a Guy 525.00 For a Soda?

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This is truly BS-when I read it I got so pissed off-a construction worker bought a 89 cent soda from a VA hospital-he got done went back and got 1/2 a cup to swig down before he went back on the job and they arrested him!! You gotta be kidding me-now he can't go back on the property and even work? So now he can't pay his bills because he was thirsty? You have a lot of nerve (our country) by doing this-
We have so many people out of work NOW
People are starving
Veterans coming home and can't get a job
I'm sorry but when I read it I got pissed and I hope you do as well!
Big Winners Daily: Mans Soda Costs 525.00 At VA Hospital
#construction worker #pissed off
  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Yep, that is pretty dumb all right!

    Sounds like the officer or Hospital wanted to make a fast buck; in a civilized society the officer should have acknowledged that the signs were not obvious and let him off!

    But this sort of BS happens all the time in AU, with CBD speed cameras.

    I drove home from an event near Melbourne, years ago, turned left when the lights were going amber, and since the car in front was slower than l thought, l got the red turn lights by 1.5 seconds!

    Zero change of hurting anyone, but l copped a $315 dollar fine.

    The police acted like lowlifes, since l didn't have a lot of money back then, but l was able to pay in installments over a year.


    I recently cam back from the same event, and watched as some cars turned right across the same street, same crap!

    The last 2 cars in a group of 5, turned when the lights went red eventhough the cars ahead were slow. And the speed cameras flashes went off!

    Is this sort of thing fair? We are just paying and losing points for a strict rule. Not because we will kill or hurt anyone. It is virtually impossible to hurt anyone by pushing the turn lights.

    A good example of a harsh rule that needs to be abandoned.


    It is true that we have a 8 billion a year, greenie BS tax to pay, but that shouldn't mean we have to have harsh rules to compensate for it!


    Yep, this guy loses his job, so the other a**** keeps his, buy infringing fines. Or the Hospital desperate for funding, is pushing this dirty rule.

    Probably too many people wising up to the hideously expensive Cancer treatments, and finding cheaper options?


    Ok, better stop there, had my rant for the day! :rolleyes:


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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      It is true that we have a 8 billion a year, greenie BS tax to pay, but that shouldn't mean we have to have harsh rules to compensate for it!
      No. It isn't true that we have to pay a "greenie" tax. Only companies that pollute the air, water or land get charged the "greenie" tax. And where the hell did you get $8 billion from? Did you make that figure up, or did you get it from the Murdoch press, who made it up? I'd like to read your source for that figure. An official figure that is, not something from a Murdoch publication please.

      Traffic fines (like you copped), are not even vaguely related to the "greenie" tax. Traffic fines go to the State government, not the Commonwealth.

      Now, back to the traffic incident you were pinged for. An orange light means "prepare to stop", not put your foot down because a red light is coming.

      If you tried defending it in court, you'd lose. According to the road laws of Victoria, and every other state, you should've been slowing down to get ready to stop, not trying to squeeze through before the lights turned red. It doesn't matter how "safe" it was to cross, once the light turns red, you should be stopped.

      Traffic lights with cameras attached are well advertised, ie there are signs which tell you the lights ahead have cameras fitted before you get to them, so you knew what would happen if you went through them once they'd turned red.

      The only thing you can do is pay the fine, and be more careful the next time you approach a well advertised set of lights with cameras fitted.
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  • Profile picture of the author ak azad
    Oh! very sad. I know somebody has to do something, but who will bell the cat?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    I have been an out patient at the VA hospital in Charleston and have used the cafeteria and the snack bar that this incident took place in. Frankly the signs about "Refills Must Be Paid For" are visible and frankly, in my opinion the construction worker knew that refills had to be paid for.

    The fine he received is about right for shop lifiting and court cost. It is not unusual also for a convicted shop lifter to be barred from any retail outlet or from any building they steal from. Don't forget it was also mentioned the construction worker apparently showed some aggression when the police arrested him.

    The Charleston VA Hospital is a huge facility and on any day will have thousands of patients and staff on the campus. The VA police have to approach suspects of any possible crime the same way any police officer does in a small city/town.

    Just like when anyone shop lifts from any retail outlet they are hurting the other customers of that retail outlet, by driving up the prices to cover the losses of the shop lifted product. However, in the case of being in the VA hospital ,many of the patients, which have to pay those increased prices, literally cannot afford them, because of the small VA pension they draw.

    To sum this up the construction worker had and did pay for his refill.

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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Ken Leatherman View Post

      I have been an out patient at the VA hospital in Charleston and have used the cafeteria and the snack bar that this incident took place in. Frankly the signs about "Refills Must Be Paid For" are visible and frankly, in my opinion the construction worker knew that refills had to be paid for.

      The fine he received is about right for shop lifiting and court cost. It is not unusual also for a convicted shop lifter to be barred from any retail outlet or from any building they steal from. Don't forget it was also mentioned the construction worker apparently showed some aggression when the police arrested him.

      The Charleston VA Hospital is a huge facility and on any day will have thousands of patients and staff on the campus. The VA police have to approach suspects of any possible crime the same way any police officer does in a small city/town.

      Just like when anyone shop lifts from any retail outlet they are hurting the other customers of that retail outlet, by driving up the prices to cover the losses of the shop lifted product. However, in the case of being in the VA hospital ,many of the patients, which have to pay those increased prices, literally cannot afford them, because of the small VA pension they draw.

      To sum this up the construction worker had and did pay for his refill.

      Ken
      You DO have a point, and it probably IS in line with many such cases, but for a $.89 drink, WOW! That is why I suggested like $8.90.

      California passed a THREE STRIKES law and look how THAT is:

      'Pizza thief' walks the line - Los Angeles Times

      Eventually, things may get back to where they were with Jean Valjean!


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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        I don't think he's as innocent as he acts - and I'm sure he saw the sign and decided "who's going to notice". At the same time, losing a job over that seems extreme.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
          Kay and Steve I do have some empathy with the guy losing his job if in fact he did. However, the construction company may have just transferred him to another location, then again they may well have let him go for him being convicted of being a shop lifter.

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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Ken,

    I was just trying to balance things out. HECK, that pizza stealer might have taken it from a poor person, or one that was VERY hungry.

    I once heard an acquaintance talking to another acquaintance(Both were pizza delivery guys. I think one might have been illegal, and the other was actually filthy rich.) Anyway, the richer one spoke to the former about how people complain about slow service and "You KNOW they can just go someplace else and eat!". MAN, I about BLEW MY TOP! I let them know that that was untrue, classist, etc... Besides, it would be no excuse anyway. That very day I hadn't eaten lunch because I spent almost my whole lunch hour waiting, and had to spend the rest going back to work.

    And SOMETHING extra must be paid, and some punishment given, to make up for possible past/future theft that won't be caught, and help reduce it. But this DOES on its face sound excessive.

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