Sunday, November 22, 2009

Local Cat Loses Disability Benefits Over Facebook Photos

Seattle, WA

A local cat who has been out on a long-term disability for depression says she lost her weekly benefit check because an insurance investigator saw pictures of her on Facebook page in which she “appeared to be having fun.”

Ginger, a 5-year-old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair has been on a leave of disability from her job at Microsoft since January 2009.

Representatives from the company said Saturday that Ginger had been diagnosed with major depression disorder and had been receiving monthly disability checks from insurance giant Afflac.

“Depressed cats do not post photos of themselves and their boyfriends in the nude,” said one expert

Just last week, Gingers checks stopped coming in the mail. A call to the insurance company let her know that according to what they’d seen on her Facebook page, she was ready to go back to work.

She said the insurance agent described thousands of pictures Ginger had proudly posted on Facebook, beginning way back in mid-February, of Ginger skydiving, swimming, drinking cocktails in a Hawaiian tiki bar, parasailing, and night bowling with groups of friends.

Ginger posted pictures on Facebook of the new car she bought with the money from her disability checks

“This is a cat who is bragging she just ran her second marathon and driving a brand new 370z,” a representative from the company said. “This is not something a depressed cat could do.”

Ginger said her psychiatrist gave her instructions in how to have fun, which included nights out binge drinking with him at local bars, getaway vacations to sunny destinations, and buying a new car, all as a way to try to forget her problems.

“In terms of her being depressed, what we would like to see is her withdrawing away from friends and family, crying more, and losing all interest in things she once loved,” said Afflac spokesman and case manager Rusty, a 12-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair.

Ginger says despite evidence to the contrary, she is very depressed, especially since the checks stopped coming

Other representatives from the insurance company said they were “very impressed” with the amount of things Ginger was able to afford on her disability checks and have since decided to lower the premiums to discourage such behavior in the future.

Copyright Sharyn Thoma


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Once again, the giggles nevFUR stop here!


Julie said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story, Sharyn!!!!! Ai ai aiiiiii thank you for the excellent humor, the pictures are perfect - everything is perfect! LOL!

Anonymous said...

You are so crazy! I love Kitty City. So much good times girl!

Stella said...

What a depressing story!


Anonymous said...

I love Kitty City, i wish it was a weekly magazine that came out! so silly and fun, much more fun to read than the real news!!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Hmm, binge drinking as a way to fight depression...let's hit the bars!

Samantha James said...

Hahahaha I love the story! Definitely made my day!!! Dang facebook.... :)

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO!!!!!! This is definitely a CLASSIC TKCG story !!! HA HA HA said...

Depressed, if I worked at microsoft I'd be suicidal.

EUTERPE said...

I read that same thing happened to a human who worked for IBM.
It is so strange how events that in the Kitty world parallel events in the human world.

Glogirly and Katie said...

HUGELY funny, Sharyn!!!

The whole Facebook angle is hilarious. ...I know, the cat in the swimcap and suit is probably real, but if not, someone is REALLY good at Photoshop!

Loved it,