By now, everyone has probably read about the family in Tennessee whose house burned down while the firemen from the nearest municipality looked on. The man had forgotten to pay the $75.00 fee required of people outside of town, in order to receive the service.
Of course, the pundits have been appalled that the fire department refused to help, and I do agree that they should have fought the fire, especially after the man agreed to pay the fee on the spot. What was amusing was watching the pundits sputter and spit with outrage, because they, in their little bubbles, had never heard of such an outrage. They didn't know that many municipalities have the same rules, all over the country.
Now, the man's son has been appearing on the talk shows explaining that his family is willing to accept donations that have been offered. I wondered how long it would take. Cynical me. But, that's not my business.
Here's what I think the fire department should have done. This isn't my business, either, but you knew I'd have an opinion, didn't you? Sure you did. I think they should have fought the fire and then sent the guy a whopping bill for the amount of money it cost the city. Certainly, it would have amounted to more than $75.00. Then, maybe the guy would remember to pay up next year, and so might a bunch of other home owners who thought the fire department would show up whether they paid or not. Problem solved.
OBTW, how do you like the "new blogger" format? I like added choices across the top of the page, but there are problems. When I hit enter to change paragraphs, the cursor goes everywhere but down. What's up with that? C'mon, Blogger, get the lead out and get the bugs out of this new format! Also, adding an image is more complicated. The Blogger techs are just like all the other computer nerds I have ever met. They can't just develop a good product and then leave it alone. Tweak, tweak, tweak, fix, fix, fix, every few weeks or months. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.
Furthermore, while you're fixing, why is it that Blogger tries to anticipate what I want to type in "Labels?" Blogger is never right. Leave that alone, too!