Repo man seizes city streetlights
A Michigan city couldn't pay $4 million in past-due bills, so the power company took out most of the streetlight poles to settle the debt.
This is not from "The Onion." This is a real thing happening to a real town in America.
DTE spokesman Len Singer said the utility began removing light poles in August rather than just cutting off the power, to avoid lawsuits and confusion. The utility is under no obligation to power communities that don’t pay their bills but wanted to maintain some service, he said.There are concerns about safety in areas where new streetlights aren’t being put up.
“After they took the streetlight from in front of my business, someone climbed onto my roof and stole an air-conditioning unit,” said Bobby Hargrove, owner of Hargrove Machinery Sales.
But that's nothing. If you want to see an even worse consequence of 30 years of anti-government, anti-tax, free-market voodoo economics, just look at Topeka:
Consequence # 2:
Domestic violence law repealed in Topeka, Ks., to save moneyTOPEKA — The Topeka City Council on Tuesday voted to repeal the city’s law against misdemeanor domestic battery, the latest in a budget battle that has freed about 30 abuse suspects from charges.