Thanks to bureaucracy, all sorts of wild things can happen. A man whose house was paid in full could receive a notice of foreclosure from a bank trying to seize his property. Or because a bank's automated system misreads a check, you could get $10,600 deducted from your bank account instead of $1,600, which is exactly what happened with me.
Whenever bureaucracy and money are involved, it seems like citizens are always on the losing end. They can dole out fines to you willy-nilly, but the second you're trying to get money when the city made a mistake or didn't cover up a pothole for two years that busted one of your rims despite the fact that you pay your taxes, well, good luck getting that money.
And in what's probably one of the most twisted examples of bureaucracy screwing people over, some 8,000 citizens of Flint may now lose their homes.
Because they didn't pay their water bills. Yes, that's right, the same poisonous water that contains dangerous levels of lead they can't use.
Melissa Mays, a mother who lives in Flint, spoke with NBC 25 News about the tax liens notice she received in the mail, identical to the ones thousands of other families received.
"I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started this actually scared me."
Basically anyone who didn't pay their bill for six months received the notice. City of Flint Treasury representative Al Mooney says that they desperately need the cash.
"We have to have revenue coming in, so we can't give people revenue, I mean excuse me, give people water at the tap and not get revenue coming in to pay those bills." - NBC News 25
Mooney says that the shut-off notices have effectively scared Flint residents into forking over their money and pull in revenue. Last month they were able to pull in $3 million, as opposed to the previous month's $2.1 million.
Mooney hopes that the notices will help bring in $6 million for the city, and now is a time that they desperately need it.
What do you think?
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