Massachusetts Woman’s 1 Penny Debt Paid in Full

Eileen Wilbur was one cent short when she paid her water bill last year. The next twist was that the city of Attleboro, Massachusetts, decided to take action against her. In a letter which cost the city 42 cents to mail, city officials said that they would place a lien on the blind 74-year-old’s house unless she coughed up a penny by December 10.

Thankfully, the situation has been taken care of.

From the Associated Press:

A 74-year-old blind woman’s 1 cent debt to a Massachusetts city has been settled.

People from across the country called Attleboro City Hall on Tuesday offering to pay the 1 cent balance owed by Eileen Wilbur for an overdue water and sewer bill.

Antonio Viveiros, a former city councilor who does not know Wilbur, wrote a check for one penny. He says he was “irked” by the fact that the federal government can spend billions for bailouts, yet a senior citizen was threatened with a lien on her home over 1 cent.

Wilbur’s daughter first noticed the letter that warned of a lien and a $48 penalty if the overdue bill was not paid by Dec. 10.

Mayor Kevin Dumas says the whole situation was blown out of proportion.

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