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Dec. 7th, 2011 | 04:23 pm
posted by: roruna in discworld

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/07/9272989-firefighters-let-home-burn-over-75-fee-again

I don't know what's more depressing, the headline or the comments.

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Brandoch Daha

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from: ticktockman
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
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Really? Last I looked, Vetinari wouldn't permit formation of any sort of fire brigade at all. At best, the Watch might step in to supervise standers-by on a haphazard basis.

*daha*

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AliasOfWestgate

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from: aliaswestgate
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
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I thought there was a volunteer Golem fire brigade. The watch didn't have to do too much, since they'd begun to free themselves.

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Becca Stareyes

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from: beccastareyes
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
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There was.

Previous books stated that the Patrician didn't like the idea of paying people to put out fires, since, given the Ankh Morpork mentality, the firemen might try to drum up business by setting fires.

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heaven can wait, we're only watching the skies

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from: chaosmyth
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
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I swear I heard Vimes going "You do the job that's in front of you" in my head while I was reading that article. And he sounded pretty pissed off.

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The world is a laboratory to the enquiring mind

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from: scolaro
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
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...and afterwards he'd go and see Vetinari about it to make sure rich folks would pay higher taxes to avoid something like this in the future.

Problem here is that people don't want to pay taxes, so they changed the system into this travesty. If firemen accepted the fee from people whose house was burning down in order to put it out, no one would pay the annual fee at all anymore and there'd be even less money for the fire fighters than there's now. The next fire they might not even be able to put out because of lack of equipment.

So it's really a flaw in the system. Vetinari relies on the fact that the city is densely populated and if YOUR house is on fire MINE is in danger as well, so people are motivated to help each other out in such a situation.

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Hazel

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from: hazey_sunshine
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Glad I don't have to put up with that ridiculous crap here in the UK.
Absolutely ridiculous - if the county can't afford fire protection for everyone living there, then the fee should be split across *everyone*.

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Class 1 Demon

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from: wolfsbaine
date: Dec. 8th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's harsh...something to be said for living in the UK for once. I don't feel so badly about paying my rates.

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Kira Lucien

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from: kira_snugz
date: Dec. 9th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
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this makes my firefighter husband sick. like stammering, unable to express, green in the face, wide eyed, hands clenched sick.

for him it eventually boils down to "firefighters put out fires. if they are not putting out fires then they are not fucking firefighers, and thats bullshit. and if they aren't going to fight the fire then they shouldn't be on scene, because then the city is litterally paying them to not fight this fire, which puts more stress on the firefighting budget"

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