Friday, November 21, 2008

UPDATE to Attleboro, Mass sends 1-cent bill to 74-year-old blind woman

In a story I posted earlier today, Eileen Wilbur, a 74-year-old blind woman, received a bill for one cent from the city of Attleboro, Massachusetts, claiming an overdue water payment. The city's utility threatened to file a lien against Eileen's house if they did not receive remittance for this staggering debt.

After this story received national attention, people from all over the country mailed in the necessary one cent to pay Eileen's bill.

According to a story in the Associated Press, Mayor Kevin Dumas (that's doo-moss, not the other thing you were thinking) says the whole situation was blown out of proportion.

Notably, Mayor Dumas does not say who blew it out of proportion. But if the news coverage was any indication, I say it would start with the agency that sent a bill on a piece of paper that cost more than the amount Eileen owed.

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