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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You Are Alive As Long As You Are Paying Bills

Posted by on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM


For years, the payments went out of the woman's bank account.

Nobody batted an eyelid. Bills were paid. And life went on as normal in the quiet neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan.

Neighbors didn't notice anything unusual. The woman traveled a lot, they said, and kept to herself. One of them mowed her grass to keep things looking tidy.

At some point, her bank account ran dry. The bills stopped being paid.

A person employed by the bank discovered her mummified body in the garage. Money was all the system needed for her death to continue in peace. "Nothing remarkable [was] found in the home," said a police officer. The cause of her death has yet to be determined.


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Jeffrey in Chicago 1
Charles: Have you read Andrew Ross's new book, Creditocracy, yet? I think you'd enjoy it.
Posted by Jeffrey in Chicago on March 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
rob! 2
Someone tweet this to Cienna Madrid, if she's still among the living.
Posted by rob! on March 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Big Boss 3
That is our value to the capitalist system, a bag of blood to be drained dry.
Posted by Big Boss on March 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM · Report this
This is funny; when I worked at a college on the Eastside, I came into contact with a woman who was obviously delusional in some sort of mental impairment-capacity. She's asking questions that make no sense, her voicemail greeting declared that she was a centuries old famous figure.

But, I thought to myself, she's paying her tuition, year in year out, for whatever different degree program/career path she's chosen this week.
Posted by UberAlles on March 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM · Report this
There Will Come Soft Rains (August 4, 2026/2057)
Posted by Paul F on March 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM · Report this
fletc3her 6
The real tragedy is that she didn't have anyone to check on her other than her creditors and utilities. I wonder what was happening to all her mail.
Posted by fletc3her on March 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 7

She had a PO Box.

Given that her body was found in the backseat of her car and that she had recently been laid off, I wonder whether this was a suicide.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM · Report this
treacle 8
Wow, she must have been incredibly lonely... if no-one in her life knew she was absent from their circles enough that they should giver her a call or six and find out what's up.
Posted by treacle on March 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM · Report this
@8 that's sort of what drew me to make the Bradbury reference. The machinery around her obliviously and dutifully trundled on maintaining the infrastructure supporting her house, yet she was so alone her entire world had ceased.
Posted by Paul F on March 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM · Report this
When we get depressed and think that things can't get worse, there is always someone, somewhere that has a problem worse than yours. Count your blessings, add up your friendships and your health, life is too short to be depressed about things you can not do anything about. Summer is coming, today was a beautiful sunshiney day, get a good night's sleep and call me in the morning.
Posted by longwayhome on March 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM · Report this
lark 11
Good Evening Charles,
Read about this a few days ago. Most sad. However, I've read more about it and I am beginning to think it was a suicide. I believe she, like many homeowners chose this kind of mortgage paying arrangement. I'm not convinced the "system" wanted her money let alone "needed for her death to continue in peace".
Posted by lark on March 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM · Report this
eclexia 12
Germany led the U.S. in implementation of automatic bill-pay by many years. So the German press has been running these stories for a long time. Usually it's an old person found in front of the T.V. set, monthly state payments going into their accounts, monthly utilities and rent being deducted.
Posted by eclexia on March 13, 2014 at 4:09 AM · Report this

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