Let me be perfectly clear: I would have the greatest sympathy for the Cranicks if they couldn't afford the annual fee. But there's no hint of that in the story. Mr. Cranick outright said he thought the fire fighters would do it anyway.The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn't do anything to stop his house from burning.
Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.
***"I thought they'd come out and put it out, even if you hadn't paid your $75, but I was wrong," said Gene Cranick.
Here in Texas, we have a lot of volunteer fire departments. They're a great service to rural areas (and some not-so-rural: Windcrest has a VFD, & it's one of the most affluent suburbs of SA). But professional fire fighters aren't volunteers. They don't come free.
I just don't see how it's reasonable to expect professional fire fighters from another city to provide you protection and service for free.
Does it suck for the Cranicks? Yep. The stuff that they decided they'd rather buy than pay $75 a year to protect is now charcoal. I'm curious how their insurance company will respond to this claim.
I wonder how you get to the age where you have grandchildren and still have a whopping sense of entitlement.