I've Been Shot, Do You Take American Express?
If you are looking for proof that the Great Recession is still gnawing away at municipalities and broke states like JDA's own Republic of California, I invite you to go to Tracy, CA and get stabbed repeatedly. Be sure to check your bank balance online before you pick up the phone and dial 911 for an ambulance.
CBS13 (via Cryptogon):
Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency.
But there are a couple of options. Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year which allows them to call 9-1-1 as many times as necessary.
Or, there's the option of not signing up for the annual fee. Instead, they will be charged $300 if they make a call for help.
An annual fee? I guess it depends on how dangerous you think your life is. What's the ROI on this investment? Faster 911 service? A free 911 call for every 4 you make?
This can't end well. Well I guess it can as long as emergency responders install POS terminals in their vehicles. So, Tracy, will you take a check? I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for CPR today.