Thank u for your service, now freeze to death. In MI, the utility, a real American sniper, cut off the vet's heat. http://t.co/HMxp0Rp6us
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 20, 2015
To left-wing documentary-maker Michael Moore, the utility company that cut off a Hazel Park, Mich., veteran’s heat is heartless and cruel, just like Chris Kyle of “American Sniper.”
In the real world, the story is a bit more complicated. For starters, the utility, Consumers Energy, didn’t know the veteran was living in the house, according to a utility official quoted in the Detroit News. Consumers Energy didn’t know that the veteran — an elderly man named John Skelley — had health issues. Service at the home was in the name of Skelley’s roommate, who hadn’t paid his bills. The utility sent the roommate three shut-off notices. Neither Skelley nor his roommate responded, according to the utility.
Gas service was eventually shut off on Jan. 19, and Consumers reported no other contacts with anyone at the home afterward. In an official statement released this week, the company stressed there are programs designed to assist residents with their bills, particularly in emergency situations.
“But we must be notified that they need help,” the statement reads. “In this case, we unfortunately had no contact from the customer that he needed assistance or wanted to restart his payment plan, even after three proactive notices were sent to him. Information about obtaining help was also left on the door at the time service was interrupted.”
More at Twitchy, including the fact that nearly one-sixth of households in Michigan are receiving aid for heating.