So in Bay City, Michigan, a 93-year-old man owed some money to the power company.
The company put a limiter on Marvin Schur’s home, which doesn’t allow him to go over a certain level. If it does, the whole power is shut off until someone from the company comes to reset it.
At some point, the limiter shut down, cutting all power to this guy’s home. And then he slowly freezes to death.
This is from an Associated Press article.
Marvin Schur died “a slow, painful death,” said Kanu Virani, Oakland County’s deputy chief medical examiner, who performed the autopsy.
“Hypothermia shuts the whole system down, slowly,” Virani said. “It’s not easy to die from hypothermia without first realizing your fingers and toes feel like they’re burning.”
Schur was discovered by neighbours, who started to notice ice on his windows. They say the temperature in the house when they found him was below zero.
The thing that gets me is that the city spokeperson says its the neighbours’ responsibility to look after this guy.
“I’ve said this before and some of my colleagues have said this: Neighbours need to keep an eye on neighbours,” Bay City manager Robert Belleman told the Associated Press. “When they think there’s something wrong, they should contact the appropriate agency or city department.”
Or maybe the city shouldn’t be cutting power to people’s homes in the middle of winter. Of course, that would put part of the blame on the city, and we all know cities are never to blame.