Man robs bank of $1 to get medical treatment

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Man robs bank of $1 to get medical treatment

What should happen to this man and people who are desperate enough to commit crimes to receive medical treatment? What does this example say about the state of health care? Should he 'do his time' and be turned back out into society to do the same thing again?

U.S. man robs $1 from bank, waits for police - World - CBC News

A 50-year-old man allegedly robbed $1 from an Oregon bank and then waited for police to arrest him so he could get medical treatment, sheriff's deputies said.

"This is a holdup. Give me a dollar," Tim Alsip allegedly wrote on a note passed to a Bank of America teller in Portland Friday.

The suspect got the dollar and his wish; police arrived and arrested him on robbery charges. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Nikolai said deputies learned that Alsip wanted to be arrested so he could get medical treatment. He has repeatedly sought police attention in the past week, flagging down police and urging citizens to call 911 on him. Nikolai said Alsip also called 911 himself complaining of dental pain and drug overdoses.

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Sounds like to me he has a few mental problems. Maybe he should have gone to this free clinic instead.

New Oregon City health clinic offers free care to low-income, uninsured Clackamas County adults | OregonLive.com

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

Sounds like to me he has a few mental problems. Maybe he should have gone to this free clinic instead.

New Oregon City health clinic offers free care to low-income, uninsured Clackamas County adults | OregonLive.com

Too bad so many poor people don't have access to the internet to find things like that. They're in pain and they have no idea where to go.

To answer the OP, this is sadly the state of health care for many people in the U.S. and it's not going to get any better without a major overhaul. This man should get the treatment he needs, both for his dental pain and his drug addiction, and he should be charged with misdemeanor theft so it's on his record and serve some community service. Hopefully he won't need to do the same thing again if he gets treatment and gets put in touch with the kind of place that can help him again in the future.

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Oregon has a health plan for poverty level people and we have a very high number of free dental clinics. Sounds like he was desperate for help, and not looking in the right places

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"Spacers" wrote:

Too bad so many poor people don't have access to the internet to find things like that. They're in pain and they have no idea where to go.

To answer the OP, this is sadly the state of health care for many people in the U.S. and it's not going to get any better without a major overhaul. This man should get the treatment he needs, both for his dental pain and his drug addiction, and he should be charged with misdemeanor theft so it's on his record and serve some community service. Hopefully he won't need to do the same thing again if he gets treatment and gets put in touch with the kind of place that can help him again in the future.

Isn't bank robbery a federal crime? I don't think the amount of money matters so much as the method in which he acquired it.

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It usually is but I don't know whether it's an automatic charge. And I'm certainly not going to Google that on my work computer! :shock: I think he should be charge with something because not doing so would be a bad precedent to set, but it shouldn't put him away for 20 years on a federal felony charge.

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All bank robberies are a federal crime with minimum sentencing laws, regardless of how much they got. to say that it should be a misdemeanor is ridiculous, lots of bank robbers get nothing and they should still be charged even if they were unsuccessful

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Does it matter if he had a weapon? I've seen that he said it was a hold up but no mention of a weapon.

It sounds more like it is a mental illness and I think those are treated poorly most places.

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"Spacers" wrote:

It usually is but I don't know whether it's an automatic charge. And I'm certainly not going to Google that on my work computer! :shock:

Had to laugh at this comment! Could see the IT department wondering about that search