Robert Punter, a 63-year-old former UK truck driver, was accused of falsifying his disability even though his left leg had been amputated. But that little detail didn’t stop the Department of Works and Pensions! Missing leg or not, they were going to prove that Punter was a liar.
According to the Daily Mail, the dispute over Punter’s disability claim started after a bureaucrat read a letter in his file stating that his leg had made a full recovery from a toe injury. But that injury happened to his right leg. It was his left leg, which was suffering from a degenerative bone disease, that needed to be amputated.
Even though Punter proved he wasn’t lying by sending officials pictures of his sickly, soon-to-be amputated leg, they still didn’t believe him.
That kind of incompetence is just infuriating. Luckily, in America, we have a system to prevent this kind of oversight. Here, Punter probably wouldn’t even qualify for disability because his injury was a preexisting condition.
After months of waiting, Punter finally had his day in court and it was over in less than five minutes. The Department of Works and Pensions didn’t have any evidence to prove that he was lying. The defense, on the other hand, had a rock solid case: Punter showed up.
When asked for a comment, a spokeswoman said, “We cannot comment on individual cases. In this case the defendant’s health deteriorated as the case was being progressed. In light of his deteriorating health it was not in the public interest for this case to continue.”
I think in the world of government bureaucrats, that qualifies as a heartfelt apology.