Lost in America

James Verone

James Verone

Earlier this month, a 59-year-old Gaston, NC convenience store clerk handed an RBC Bank teller a note demanding $1. He did this because he needs medical care, which he hopes to get in prison.

As Diane Turbyfill wrote in the June 16 issue of the Gaston Gazette, James Richard Verone had exhausted his savings when he “noticed a protrusion on his chest.”

“The pain was beyond the tolerance that I could accept,” Verone said. So he sold his furniture, paid his last month’s rent and robbed a bank “in the most passive way he knew how.”

Verone is scheduled to see a doctor later this week. One man’s solution to the healthcare crisis.

We should be ashamed of ourselves.