This letter is about the good and the evil that exists in our town. From March 4, 2019, I was very privileged to be able to attend the very best evening Town Meeting in a very long time. Due to the use of a microphone, I was able to hear the budget discussion, the comments and replies. The moderator carried out this feat in a fair and friendly manner. I hope everyone who attended was proud and grateful to be there.
Now, for the evil. I noticed that March 7, was new moon time and maybe this is an excuse for this. It so happened I did not feel well to try to go upstreet as I had wished. So, I rested in my chair. In the middle of the afternoon, I received this phone call saying that I owed a bill at Rutland Regional Medical Center and that I needed to pay it immediately.
After coming to my senses, I called back and said I had insurance to pay my bills and that I could not pay any bills over the phone. I would check about it when the bill came.
I waited and worried over a bill that never did come. By Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to share my experience with a friend that is now my age. I learned she had been through the same experience. Really, I hope the scamming female that made the rip-off call receives a knock in the head and a kick in her butt! She represents the evil in this town!
Priscilla McKeighan, Brandon
Editor’s note: Unfortunately, phone scams do occur and they frequently target older people dependent on health care programs and other critical services. These calls are typically from out-of-town, and even out of state. Law enforcement officials suggest not paying any bill over the phone, but to demand a printed invoice mailed to your address. Patients should always know whom the invoice is from and what the charge is for (along with a date in which you received the service) before paying. This letter is a good reminder of that lesson.