You know your city is bankrupt when the firefighters are scraping together dimes to buy toilet paper. Welcome to Detroit.
According to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Rob Sanford, Detroit firehouses are experiencing shortages of soap, hand towels, and toilet paper. That’s because the department has been shifting to a new purchasing and inventory system. As the local CBS affiliate reports, “The problem is so bad in some places the firefighters have taken collections among themselves to buy some supplies.”
Looters in Detroit have reportedly been invading old firehouses and junking them for steel and copper, even as firefighter pay and benefits are slashed in line with the dying city economy.
The city that was once the model for American industry has become a garbage heap. And there’s not enough toilet paper in the world to clean it up.