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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.



Letter to
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
I'm asking for the Coca-Cola corporation to pay for longtime employee James Richard Verone to receive urgent medical care.

By now, you've probably heard of the story of James Richard Verone. On June 9th, 2011, James handed a bank teller a note demanding $1 and medical attention. He then went to sit down and wait for the police.

James was a 17-year employee of the Coca Cola Corporation until he lost his job almost three years ago. Whatever the circumstances of his job loss, James worked diligently for Coca Cola for nearly two decades. That is a significant portion of someone's life.

James has a protrusion in his chest that needs medical attention. The protrusion has caused pain and difficulty breathing - and ultimately led to the desperate act he committed earlier this month. Clearly, this story reveals serious fissures in the U.S. health care system, but there's something the Coca-Cola corporation can do immediately. You can help James.

Coca-Cola has the opportunity to do the right thing, and gain the respect and appreciation of thousands of people learning of James' story. Please step up and help James receive medical care.

Thank you.