But we don’t need Universal Health Care, do we? Nope, people are so desperate that they are trying to rob convenience stores for life sustaining medication - insulin. This happens in the United States, why? Apparently, not every problem is cured by teaching people to “fish” for their own food (instead of giving it to them). Although I am a huge advocate of educating people, so they may sustain their own economic needs, this economy is obviously not capable of helping its citizens sustain themselves.
Though I haven’t yet had to resort to stealing to get insulin, I get this! I’m now unemployed and uninsured. With unemployment benefits running out, I do not know if I am eligible for an extension and I sure as heck can’t afford the “affordable” crap coverage of the mandatory Massachusetts medical insurance – which by the way, has none to horrific prescription coverage and high deductibles (specifically on prescription coverage).
So, though I do not condone larceny, I understand the desperation of this “robber” and I commend the clerk for his generosity. It’s too bad we can’t donate insulin and test strips for distribution. I’ve tried to donate insulin and test strips. No one will take it apparently for fear of being sued. Even doctors’ offices are not keeping sample insulin anymore. I’ve been told for refrigeration calibration purposes.
So, in the United States this is what we’ve made people resort to … shame on us!
Doris J. Dickson
Clerk gives robber $40 of his own for insulin
‘I hate to do this,’ man with gun says, then thanks victim for money
“FORT SMITH, Ark. - A convenience store clerk wouldn't open the register for a robber but gave the man $40 from his own pocket after the robber told him he needed the money for insulin.
Police were called Monday night to the E-Z Mart, where the clerk explained that a man he didn't know entered the store and lifted his shirt to display a pistol tucked in his waistband.
The clerk said the man told him, "I hate to do this," and told him he needed $40 from the register.
The clerk said money in the register wasn't his to give. It was then the robber said the money was for insulin. The robber accepted the money from the clerk's wallet, thanked him and shook his hand.
Police are searching for the robber.”