• Petitioned Sonya Soutus

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SVP of Public Affairs and Communications, The Coca-Cola Company
Sonya Soutus
Ethics Office, Coca Cola Enterprises
Ethics Office
Coca Cola Corporate Responsibility
Corporate Responsibility

Ask Coca-Cola to Pay for James Richard Verone's Medical Care

    1. Jess Kutch
    2. Petition by

      Jess Kutch

      Washington, DC

Earlier this month, a desperate man robbed a bank for $1 in order to receive medical attention. We're calling on his employer of 17 years - the Coca-Cola corporation - to step in and offer to pay for James Richard Verone's medical care. 

James Richard Verone worked for Coca-Cola for 17 years, making deliveries and sticking carefully to his schedule. He worked hard and stayed loyal to his company. Then, about three years ago, James lost his job.

James quickly found work as a truck driver, but according to the Gaston Gazette, that job was short-lived. For a while, James lived off his savings and found part-time work as a convenience store clerk. But at age 58, James struggled with the physical demands of the job.

Then, he found a protrusion on his chest.

Protrusions can be caused by chest wall tumors, which can result in serious pain and difficulty breathing. The discomfort was too much for James, who decided to rob a bank for $1 (he passed a note to a teller), so that he could be arrested and receive medical care.

This story speaks to a greater crisis in our health care system - but there's something we can do right now. We can ask Coca-Cola to step up and be a good corporate citizen by helping an employee of 17 years receive proper medical care.

Source: http://www.gastongazette.com/news/bank-58397-richard-hailed.html

 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Letter to the Editor: Robber's Plight a Warning

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      "It is a shame that a hard-working, law-abiding citizen was forced to break the law in the name of self-preservation."

    3. Few laid-off workers keep health insurance

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Only about one in 10 workers who lose their job opt to keep their employer-sponsored health insurance through the safety-net program COBRA. The reason? It's too expensive.

    4. Are you a fan of Coca-Cola products?

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      If you like Coke products, make sure to put that in your comments. Let's show Coca-Cola that their customers are involved in this campaign

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Verone Retains Lawyers, Gaston Health Advocates Speak Out

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      The Gaston Gazette provides an update to this story. A representative from a Gaston health clinic said, “We do not have the capacity to serve all 33,000 people in Gaston County who would qualify for our program," but they do have some room.

    7. Medicaid not an option for many adults

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      In most states, adults without dependent children (including many of the homeless) are not eligible for Medicaid and have very few options for receiving care.

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. TV News Interview with James

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      A local TV news station interviews James in jail.

    10. Spreading quickly on Twitter & Facebook

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      This Gaston Gazette story of James Richard Verone is spreading like wildfire. Let's make sure people know we can do something about it! Please share this petition to Facebook & Twitter.

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    • olivia emily UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • about 3 years ago

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    • Jerry Cruz PEORIA, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      "WE THE PEOPLE" pay our share of taxes, "WE THE PEOPLE" get layoff, "WE THE PEOPLE", after getting layoff...go after our single fathers & mothers out there trying to collect MEDICAL CHILD SUPPORT just because the USA land of freedom doesn't want YOU and I to have medical coverage under their belt OTHERWISE "We the people" go straight to jail.....however, immigrants are allowed to have FREE MEDICAL coverage and be FREE ON THE USA!!! That is OUR government folks!! Ins't that amazing? Shame on you!!! SHAME!!! SHAME!!! SHAME!!!!! Coca-Cola needs to step up and HELP THIS LOYAL GENTLEMAN, as you already know, our government won't do it!!! Periodddddd!

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    • Terrie wright NASVHILLE, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      okay i do not understand why Coca-Cola is being put on the chopping block....I have other questions like:

      why did he loose his job?

      was he paying for health care while working those 17yrs?

      is his illness due to the work he did at the factory for 17yrs?

      I understand the tragedy of the entire situation.

      I do know he will not get 3 years as he didn't run, wasn't armed and 1st offense...PROBATION! So his plan to be in jail until he can further get medicaid and disability is pre-mediated FRAUD! I am not making light of the situation at hand by no means as AMERICA does needs Health Care for all. As I, myself do not have health care and need it. I also know before I would rob a bank or go to jail I would seek FREE COMMUNITY CLINICS OUT!!! Every state has them you just have to look and if he would have called or someone in his family would have called around about it they would have been directed to the correct places. I will sign this because I feel these points must be BROUGHT UP! I wish him the best; however, questions remain as to if coca-Cola should hold the bills.

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    • John Langdon STOCKTON, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      A desperate man robbed a bank for $1, sat in a chair and waited for the police to arrest him. His reasons? To receive medical attention in prison. He was laid off from Coca-Cola and has no medical insurance.

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    • Francisco Pires ESPINHO, PORTUGAL
      • about 3 years ago

      Beautiful!! Everywhere we saw coca-cola propaganda and they have no money to pay one medical care!! I have saw tables, chairs signed "Coca-Cola". It's a big shame.

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