[A] nightmare for Gene Cranick, a rurual homeowner in Obion County, Tennessee. Cranick hadn’t forked over $75 for the subscription fire protection service offered to the county’s rural residents, so when firefighters came out to the scene, they just stood there, with their equipment on the trucks, while Cranick’s house burned to the ground. According to the local NBC TV affiliate, Cranick “said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.”
The fire chief could have made an exception on the spot, but refused to do so. Pressed by the local NBC news team for an explanation, Mayor David Crocker said, “if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck.”
This particular report is from AlterNet, which is all agitated about this example of Ayn Rand government.
But I don’t know. I figure Cranick gambled and lost. Pay and get protection. Don’t pay and take your chances.
Should the firefighters have said, “Oh, sure, Cranick, we’ll bail you out”?
I say no. I say Cranick practiced Ayn Rand government, not the fire department.