Several people protested outside the Detroit Water And Sewerage Department building Thursday, saying customers are having service cut off at an alarming rate and the practice is inhumane.

Organizer David Bullock with the Change Agent Consortium says the water department is going after customers that may be as little as $150 delinquent and says the department ignores large corporations which are behind.

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But when asked which large companies are behind in their payments, Bullock would only say that WWJ should research the issue.

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The water department states that there are about 60,000 delinquent accounts in the city of Detroit–with the average arrearage about $560.

City of Detroit Water And Sewerage Department Deputy Director, Darryl Latimer, said every account corporate or private is treated the same, adding that the water department does what they can to work with those who come forward and address their hardship situation.

“The majority of our customers (who) are in delinquency status, they just built a culture of ,’You’re not making me pay–I am not going to pay’,” said Latimer.

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  • MekongDelta69

    You’re not making me pay.”

    Right here is your black ghetto welfare mentality:
    “I’ve got Air Jordan kicks to buy, so let Whitey pay for my water.”

    gibsmedat

    • Michigan Patriot

      Right on ! Right on the money ! It has been only happening since the double racist 1964 cival rights act .

    • MBlanc46

      We owe them the water!

      • A Freespeechzone

        “We” don’t owe them a damned thing……let them pay or go thirsty.

        Natural law is a bitch…

      • MBlanc46

        Sheesh, I guess that my sarcasm is too subtle.

        • Wholly Unconvinced

          I try to look on the bright side when I see obvious sarcasm by a longtime poster being attacked by a screen name I don’t recognize, it merely means our community here is growing, and what’s more, some of those new community members aren’t afraid to speak up against what they see as wrong in a community somewhat unfamiliar to them.

          “we owe them… ” how many times have you seen a moronic statement beginning with those words on a mainstream news site comments section, and said with an absolutely straight face, no sarcasm whatsoever?

          Welcome, Mr. Pace, and if you’re not “new” here I apologize, but my point still stands, I believe.

          • MBlanc46

            Good point well-stated.

    • Erasmus

      You can take the African out of Africa, but you’ll never take Africa out of him.

      • bilderbuster

        You can lead an African to water…
        Never mind.

    • IBWHITE

      You know darn good and well that the majority of these deadbeats have smart phones, cable TV, video gaming systems etc. and simply refuse to spend money on things they think Whitey will foot the bill for. And the sad thing is – we will pay for it.

  • “You’re not making me pay, I am not going to pay.”

    That’s because they’ve all been told that water is a “right.” They also know that they can get away with not paying a bill and the water still works, see also electricity and other things, but the shoe store and hair weave store won’t give you shoes or weave until you give them money.

    • Lewis33

      The total amount of shoplifted weaves is probably higher than some countries GDP.

      • Alexandra1973

        There’s one Kmart here in Wayne County, Ohio, and it’s in Wooster, which is the county seat…and I’ve noticed that it has security tags on nail-care items.

        No shocker. I think blacks tend to cluster in such cities because that’s where all the welfare offices are.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Also, their drug dealers won’t sell to them without being paid. Obviously this is a much more important purchase than water. /sarc

    • benvad

      They’re so cheap & irresponsible.

  • Dave West

    $560, so the average person hasn’t paid a water bill in months.

    • IstvanIN

      For me it would be year.

  • Luca

    Obama voters drinking water? Who knew? I thought they only drank Colt 45 and Night Train.

    • Lewis33

      You forgot that the main ingredient of Kool Aid (purple drank) is H2O.

    • MekongDelta69

      Jeez – I haven’t had a pint of Night Train since it was 25c in the 50s/early 60s! (Thankfully)

      I don’t even want to remember all the ‘brown bag, twist-off’ wino crap we used to pour down our throats when we were kids. Gypsy Rose, Gallo, T-Bird, Night Train, Irish Rose…

      The true winos back then (now ‘elevated’ to the status of ‘homeless’ per Joseph Kay), used to filter Aqua Velva (or any cheap after-shave) through a loaf of white bread. I kid you not!

      • foundingstockcracker

        You forgot Mad Dog 20-20

        • bilderbuster

          Fred Sanford’s favorite drink was combining champaign with Ripple.
          They likeds to call it “Champipple”!

      • Fair Dinkum

        You can do the same with Sterno.

  • Rhialto

    Minority versus Minority: It’s not my problem; it’s not my concern.

    • D.B. Cooper

      But it will be. It will be. Someone is going to end paying for these precious pets, and it will be you because you will not do anything about it.

      • benvad

        Pets! Ha!

  • D.B. Cooper

    Yawn. Why don’t you white people in Michigan just yank down your pants and bend over? We ALL know YOU are going to be the ones paying for it.
    How the capital F can you live by Lake Erie and not have water?

    • me

      Rain barrels. It’s FREE water from the sky.
      Can’t they buy bottled water with their food stamps?

      • Alexandra1973

        Food stamps do cover bottled water. (I know this first-hand…and picture a sheepish grin on my face here.)

        But I prefer to just use a quarter at this water dispenser at a nearby pharmacy and get a gallon of water, just save the jug and refill as necessary.

        I think they fluoridate the water here and I want none of that to drink.

        • Ella

          Thanks for answering one of my questions about food stamps if it covered Spring water…….

          • Alexandra1973

            Yeah, if you can eat or drink it, it’s covered…if it’s not hot, prepared food (at least here in Ohio).

            Instead of paying $1 for a gallon at the store, though, I just have a gallon jug and plunk in a quarter. Meanwhile what I save in my allotment can go for more food.

          • Ella

            Ohio was hit economically hard, but the oil fields do hire and pay well. My computer-tech, unemployed friends now work in the oil business doing inventories, sales and/or field work. ND is not that far if you are out of work or underpaid?

      • NoMosqueHere

        Foo stam’ am fo’ crakk.

  • Truthseeker

    Organizer David Bullock with the Change Agent Consortium says the water department is going after customers that may be as little as $150 delinquent and says the department ignores large corporations which are behind.

    But when asked which large companies are behind in their payments, Bullock would only say that WWJ should research the issue.

    How convenient. Just plant the idea in people’s heads that this is somehow unfair treatment, even if there’s no evidence of it. Does anyone buy this hustle job anymore? Stand up to these people and tell them “no.” If they want their water badly enough, they’ll find a way to pay for it.

  • If we stopped paying the utility bills, the electricity and natural gas would be shut off here, and then the pipes would eventually freeze and break. We knocked the electric part of the bill from June of last year (2013): $49.82 down to $43.78, and the natural gas bill from $22.76 to $22.35 this year. Sayaka and I keep old bill statements in an old, small, ring-bound HP notebook, so we know how we’re doing compared with previous years.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Michael, I lived in Santa Fe. Winters are very dry, cold and snowy. I brought my power bill down by using a humidifier and setting my thermostat for 65 degrees. It was comfortable and the savings was great as it helped to pay my other bills. Try it as well.

      • We had the heat set to 50-55F most of last winter. I’ll do it again. We’re at 6100 feet elevation in Colorado Springs, so it becomes cold early and quickly during the winter evenings. .

        • Ella

          I wish we had cold. It’s just so unbearably miserable during the summer months with A/C up at 80 degrees plus and walls will sweat. My electric bills still run over 180 dollars per month. We insulated the attic too. Any ideas?

        • Alexandra1973

          Does Sayaka know how to knit? Maybe she can make you some sweaters. 🙂

          For whatever reason I thought Orientals didn’t mind the heat…I don’t know….

    • Neuday

      See, this is how white privilege works, you evil racist! You have an HP notebook so you got charged less for your electric bill.

      Obamma needs ta be gettin da community some iPads so the gas bill will go down.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    The Liberal excuse that the water companies are intentionally going after the poor is laughable. None of my utility providers know my income. They never asked, I never told. Water providers don’t have this info. They may venture to guess based on the address, but it’s far more likely that they just look to see what accounts are months delinquent without using looking at the address and base their decision on that.

    • Erasmus

      But still best not to try and argue logically with a people whose mean IQ hovers around 85. They’ll never get it.

      Argue with a 6 year old or a dog. They’ll better grasp what you say to them.

      • Nonhumans

        That’s insulting to 6yo and dogs.

      • Bunky

        My border collie knows what I tell him, then he does it.
        Try that in Detroit!

  • Frank_DeScushin

    I could totally see Holder’s DOJ filing a disparate impact suit.

  • Alucard_the_last

    How is this actually happening? This is something out of the third world.

  • CJ Haze

    $90M+ is owed in total. Water is one of the few non-subsidized utilities in Detroit.

    Let that stew for a moment, since it was left out of the article.

  • AmericanCitizen

    I am glad for things like this. Regular hard working people can realize firsthand what kind of leeches these inner city people really are. No responsibility, just handouts and bad attitudes. Detroit can’t burn to the ground fast enough.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Yet they have $$ for Xbox/PS3, tattoos, LCD big-screen TVs, gold grills and 22” rimz, fancy nails, gold jewelry, $250 Nike kicks….

    Oh, wait…. Those things are Human Rights and the government pays for all of them!!

    Mr. Bullock should understand that “free” water ain’t free — if his “peeps” don’t have to pay for water, then in the name of fairness, equity and social justice, nobody should have to pay for water.

    • If nobody had to pay for water, everyone would all over again, which would defeat the “gibs us dat” crew.

    • Rhialto

      H2NO that is a chemical formula for hypo nitrous acid, of deep African significance. It was synthesized in 24004 BC. by Akibx Mbimblast. It cures warts, AIDS, and homophilia. It also was used to power lunar rockets.

      • Really? I am a laboratory chemist by original training, so how did this PoS n-word actually do the synthesis.

        You don’t know, do you?

  • Magician

    Why not simply cut off electricity until they pay for water

    • Alexandra1973

      Imagine the ensuing chimp-outs.

  • Jefferson

    Black people can’t pay their water bills. But the Libtards and Blacks are always telling us that Black America has extremely strong per capita purchasing power. If that is true that Black America is swimming in money, why do all predominantly Black cities in the U.S look 3rd world ?

    • Ella

      Like a 3 year old, if I can get away with it I will.

  • IstvanIN

    But they have money for dey nails and weaves and tattoos.

    • MBlanc46

      I hope that they don’t pay for those ridiculous tattoos that they have.

  • willbest

    This is a catch-22. On the one hand they are freeriders, on the other hand they would kick up all sort of nasty diseases if we cut them off.

    • friscobob

      all sorts of nasty diseases are here and multiplying as we speak,
      without any help or hindrance from the detroit water company

  • Who Me?

    If I don’t pay my water bill it would eventually get cut off. What makes the non-payers of Detroit so special…. oh, wait….

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    Water be magic. It come from de sky. Don’t cost no money. It be free. Ebil white man try make me pay fo what god gives fo frees.

    • NotTooSwift

      Similar to making babies. It’s free and “they” don’t have to pay for them.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    They KNOW, because for the past 50 years we have given them that knowledge, that they truly DON’T have to pay for anything they don’t want to. They have no problem going from defcon 5 to defcon 1 at warp speed

  • [Guest]

    The Los Angeles Times has also reported on the great Detroit water crisis and has included quotations, including the following:

    “It’s frightening, because you think this is something that only happens somewhere like Africa,” said [Nicole] Hill, a single mother who is studying homeland security at a local college.

    Here are a couple of images of Ms. Hill:

    • me

      It’s nice to know that this ‘lady’ is going to be another ‘Homeland Security’ employee. It makes me feel all safe and cozy inside…..(screams).

      • IstvanIN

        She could block the border with all that bulk.

        • [Guest]

          She’s one of the Black Hills.

      • [Guest]

        Well, if we wanted to beef up security, she certainly has the beef.

    • Alexandra1973

      I guess getting tattoos and getting your hair “did” have priority over utilities.

      • [Guest]

        Mmmmm-hmmmm. She done bus da budget on dat lavenda nail polich.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Betcha she eats 10 dollars worth of junk food a day, so no junk food for one month and she can easily pay her water bill.

      • [Guest]

        True, but to do that would require a little forethought.

    • Who Me?

      AAAAAKKKKKKKKKK! Oh, OMG, that’s terrible. How do these people torture a human body into that shape?
      More to the point, she thinks this only happens somewhere in Africa, she needs to look around her. What color are your neighbors, dear? A president of Mexico once said, “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.” Well the same seems to go for your kind lady. “Where there is an African (or African-American) there is Africa.”
      So, NO you are NOT entitled to fresh, clean water at no charge to you.
      Oh, and BTW–studying Homeland Security at a local college… I’m not sure I understand how that works, (I thought there were things like law enforcement training academies, etc involved) but if she has anything to do with homeland security, we all need to be afraid, very afraid.

      • [Guest]

        >>>More to the point, she thinks this only happens somewhere in Africa, she needs to look around her.

        Bingo! Where Africans are, there’s Africa.

        And she’s African.

  • IKUredux

    I would like to know the “community organizers” who have visited these people to tell them that clean water is a human right. Now, according to the U.N., it’s a civil right. That’s right White people, having clean water for FREE is a CIVIL RIGHT! DAMMIT!!! Umm, when do we Whites begin to fight back against the tax servitude we have been forced into? WE ARE TAX SLAVES!!!! OMG we Whites are the new slaves of this era. There is nothing we can do legally. The deck is stacked against us. We Whites are the only slaves in history who not only agreed to their servitude, but created it, and, encouraged other races to enslave us. Hello! Has the so called “enlightenment” perhaps gone too far?

    • I’ll blow their heads off, and everyone knows I will.

    • Mike Lane

      Knowing how corrupt the system is, I wonder why so few whites simply don’t apply for all the government programs (even if they continue working). Hell, I know people who get all kinds of government programs and still work. If the system is going to work against you, then you should get as much money out of it as you can. It’s not going to change. Just speed up the rot. The quicker the short term rot, the less damage done in the long run.

  • LHathaway

    Ever notice, if you reach a service company by phone, and they are able to take a credit card payment from you, that service department that handles your call is somewhere far away like India?
    Whites fail to make phone and utility payments, too.

  • Jack Burton

    They’d rather march in protest than pay $30 a month for their water bill. Doesn’t make sense.

    If they can’t afford $30 a month, probably less given that they already have low-income assistance programs, then what the hell can they afford? They’re just irresponsible, ungrateful third world scum, that’s what it comes down to.

    I bet a majority of those who won’t pay their water bill have a cell phone.

    • Dave West

      Yeah I know $30, someone could pick their a$$ for a month and find $30.

    • Sail Phoam.

    • Who Me?

      “I bet a majority of those who won’t pay their water bill have a cell phone.”

      They don’t have to pay for their Obamaphones.

  • Ella

    What is next on the list, electricity and your gas bill during the winter months? How black mailed can the general taxpayer get? My children will freeze or can’t give my baby a warm bath. 18 yr olds have more sense than these people demonstrate.

    • Alexandra1973

      That’s already covered by HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) I believe.

      I’m on the PIPP Plus program for electricity, I pay 10% of my monthly income. I try to save power so how much the actual balance is doesn’t exceed what I pay. Say I pay $75 a month and the actual bill is $100, if I pay on time I get credited the other $25. But I try to keep usage to a minimum so it acts more like a budget program.

  • Alexandra1973

    You guys, I just thought of something.

    In the summer the city doesn’t mind opening fire hydrants so “inner city” people can cool down.

    I suggest they end that practice if they haven’t already.

  • benvad

    These Bantu really put the “fun” in disfunctional, don’t they?

  • Wholly Unconvinced

    You imply that the denizens of Detoilet bathe on even a semi regular basis, and that losing that ability would somehow disturb them. You do realize we’re talking about Africans… The same people who utilize a urinating cow for a shower stall, yes?

    • Alexandra1973

      They’re just upset because they see it as someone taking something away from them.

  • Brad Smith

    if you live in an apartment & don’t have to water your lawn, garden, etc. $560 would be a year or more of water. it would be close to 2 years for me.

  • It was invented by Subcontintal Indians.