So you are in a giant battle with ACC, which has included you spending time in Prison for benefit fraud (something you are appealing). You profess that you cannot work because you cannot use a mouse or write, and have mild brain damage.
Then ACC (or is it WINZ?) cuts off your current benefit.
So – what do you do?
You start a thread, on March 16th, on the ACCforum site, contributing a series of lengthy and mostly articulate posts. Occasionally you will snarl at the other contributors, and you don’t really listen to their suggestions, but you keep the conversation about your case rolling.
After 36,800 words that you have personally written (via voice recognition apparently) you receive back pay of your benefits and a letter stating your reinstatement. You write about that on April 28th. Actually you keep writing well beyond that, but I just can’t be bothered reading (and counting) any more.
I have three comments on this:
1: Good on you Alan Thomas for going public like this – it has clearly helped your case.
2: But Mr. Thomas – if you can write over 36,800 coherent words in 43 days, why on earth are you still fighting ACC for $355 per week? Surely in the 18 years since your accident in 1989 you could have figured out a way to make that sort of money?
3: ACC – how did it ever come to this?