Applause, Please

Tell me that you haven’t felt this way about corporate (or government-) intransigence at least once in your life, and I’ll call you a liar.

Bereaved relatives confronted staff at an insurance company with the body of their loved one after the firm refused to pay out until they proved he was dead.
Two women were filmed carrying the corpse inside a branch of the Old Mutual financial firm somewhere in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, this week after their claim on a funeral policy was initially rejected.
Horrified bank staff watched on as the women took the body inside, having driven it to the branch from the morgue, and demanded a payout.
Alongside the corpse the women handed over paperwork for the man’s life insurance claim along with his ID and death certificate, local media reports.
Witnesses said the ladies told staff they would not leave the branch until Old Mutual paid out the death claim in full.
After hurried discussions between Old Mutual management and phone calls to head office, it was decided to agree to honour the insurance claim – as long as the ladies removed the dead body.
The witness said: ‘As soon as the ladies were promised they would be paid they marched back inside the office and in front of the counter grabbed an end each and carried the corpse back out. Two men went to their aid and helped them manoeuvre the body bag into the boot of the car that they brought the body in and people were just watching open mouthed as all this was played out. The women said a loved one was inside the body bag and that bringing him to the Old Mutual office seemed to be the only way to prove their claim to them that he had actually passed away’ he said.

But before you start applauding, there’s this:

Responding to the viral video on Twitter, Old Mutual said that the incident was ‘most unsettling’ and they insisted that they were ‘sympathetic towards the family during this difficult time’.

I’ll bet you were “sympathetic”, you pencil-pushing motherfuckers, which is why these poor people had to resort to such an extreme measure.  I hope you were so “upset” that you have nightmares for a week.

Now  y’all can applaud.


    1. It’s late, and it’s the best thing I’ve read all week.

      That’s a proper, “Oh yeah? Fuck You!” attitude if I ever saw one.

  1. The insurance pukes are just lucky the family didn’t decide that their loved one needed servants in the afterlife.

    Along those lines: Indonesian taxi drivers storm Hospital Morgue to retrieve body of child that the hospital would not release for burial due to unpaid medical bills.

    Of course after dozens of men showed up and overwhelmed security due to sheer numbers, the hospital was all sorrowful about the “misunderstanding”.

    You can only push people so far, something our political class will have to relearn at some point.

  2. If this happened more frequently, insurance companies would stop jerking families around and just pay out on a faxed copy of the death certificate.

    This sort of insensitivity can really only be met with extreme measures to show just how stupid they’re being.

  3. Isn’t this SOP for 3rd world countries. My brother reported something similar in Brunei with a car insurance policy.

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