Sunday, November 22, 2009
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
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 6:57 PM