Sign of the times: A man attempted to rob a RBC Bank in North Carolina for $1, in the hopes that afterwards he would be taken to prison and receive free healthcare.
James Richard Verone has never been in trouble with the law before, and after he passed the bank teller a note that read “This is a bank robbery. Please give me $1,” he sat and waited patiently for the police to arrive.
Verone, 59 and without health insurance, has multiple issues in need of medical treatment, including a growth on this chest, two ruptured discs and a problem with his left foot. He genuinely believed that going to prison was his best option to receive medical attention.
“I’m sort of a logical person and that was my logic. That is what I came up with,” he said.
“I wanted to make it known that this wasn’t for monetary reasons but for medical reasons.”
Mr Verone, who did not use a weapon during his robbery, said he hopes he is sentenced to three years in prison so he continues receiving healthcare.
“If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care, I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care.”
Let’s hope this trend doesn’t catch on. If you’re unemployed and homeless though, free government food, housing, and medical care doesn’t seem like such a bad option.