Monday, February 09, 2004

Back in the saddle after New Years, because it's impossible to get anything done between December 15 and the Super Bowl. Sometimes I think that America has too many holidays. I can't get anything done. Then again, when I see the kind of incompetence at State Farm, it's no wonder. If one of the nation's largest companies can sit there fat and happy without working, I guess everyone else thinks they can.

In the meantime, Mark from Tennessee wrote this heart-wrenching story about what his parents had to endure with State Farm:

My parents live in Hermitage, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. On April
16th 1998, a tornado went through Nashville and Davidson County, causing
extensive damage to my parents neighborhood.

Fortunately, neither of my parents were injured, but they sustained losses
in property. This area has many old, massive trees, which can easily exceed
8 feet in circumfrence. Their detached garage was crushed by a large tree,
roofing was ripped away, and over 10 large trees were twisted, uprooted, or
blown over, some directly onto the house itself. A man down the street had
one crash through his roof and pin him in his recliner until the rescue
squad was able to saw him out, unharmed. There was no power to the area for
days following the storm.

Although I dont have access to the immediate lies that State Farm first gave
them, they were definately NOT a "good neighbor". The REAL good neighbors
stepped up to the plate to help clear the roads and driveways of debris,
etc. State Farm first refused to pay for damage to the garage, but
persistance by my parents got them to pony up a portion of the cost after a
long fight. Then, State Farm would not pay for the removal of the blown
down trees and limbs, even when they obviously were damaged to the point
that they threaten (and CONTINUE to threaten) the roof of the home. My
parents had to foot the bill for much of their damage.

My parents were patrons of State Farm for over 30 years without a single
claim prior to the tornado. Once the storm hit, State Farm seemed to enter
"damage control mode" and was unhospitable to many of the storm victims.

They have many photos of the damage, and the results.

A pox be upon thee, State Farm.