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Play The Man
05-19-2011, 04:05 AM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/17/senator-questions-benefits-to-adult-baby/?page=2

A key senator has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as “adult babies” are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payments — after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and the Senate’s top waste-watcher, asked the agency’s inspector general to look into 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother,” saying it’s not clear why they are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of working.

“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O'Carroll Jr.

The request comes at a time when members of Congress are struggling to cut budgets and weed out waste to try to bring down the staggering deficit, and comes just days after Social Security’s trustees released a grim assessment of the program’s long-term financial health.

SSI is run by Social Security and pays out benefits to aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income.

The inspector general’s office didn’t return a message seeking comment.

In an email response to The Washington Times, Mr. Thornton threatened to kill himself if his Social Security payments are taken away, and said the television episode showing him doing woodwork oversold his abilities.

“You wanna test how damn serious I am about leaving this world, screw with my check that pays for this apartment and food. Try it. See how serious I am. I don’t care,” the California man said. “I have no problem killing myself. Take away the last thing keeping me here, and see what happens. Next time you see me on the news, it will be me in a body bag.”

Mr. Thornton was featured in early May on National Geographic Channel’s “Taboo” program along with Miss Dias, a former nurse who feeds him a bottle and otherwise attends to his needs when he is dressed in diapers.

In the episode, he shows off the adult-sized crib he built and sleeps in, and the cameras follow him to the hardware store where he buys wood for his latest do-it-yourself project — an elevated high chair that is capable of holding his ample frame.

He said he has been living at least a partial adult baby lifestyle since his teenage years, though he does wear adult clothes when he goes out, fearing embarrassment otherwise.

Mr. Coburn said Mr. Thornton “is cognizant that his choice to live as an adult baby violates social norms,” though, and through both his projects and the adult baby support website he runs, www.bedwettingabdl.com, he appears to have the skills to hold down a job. That, the lawmaker said, should make him ineligible for disability payments.

Mr. Coburn also questions why Miss Dias, as a former nurse, collects SSI benefits, “since she is able to provide childcare” to Mr. Thornton.

In an extensive biography on his web page, Mr. Thornton says he worked as a security guard for a year and a half but said trauma stemming from childhood abuse, combined with other mental problems, made it impossible for him to hold the job, and he has been receiving SSI payments for most of the last 10 years.

In his email to The Times, Mr. Thornton said he is not capable of working. He said running the website only takes four hours a month, and he said his craftsman skills were overstated by the program, which showed him working on his adult-sized high chair.

“What you saw on camera being drilled was pre-assembled the day before. All I did was drill six holes for the camera,” he said.



Video Clip of the "infant":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB1gPgcycQ8&feature=player_embedded


The "infant" is probably too lazy to vote, but if he did, I would bet my life savings that he would punch the straight Democratic ticket.

flo
05-19-2011, 04:37 AM
I couldn't watch more than a minute because it was making me sick.

If he wants to be a 'baby', well, it's a free country. But the taxpayers have been supporting this dishonest lump of sloth for how long? He's threatening suicide if his free ride is cut off? Okey dokey then, buh bye, now, Mr. Thornton. Cut off his public support now. These two aren't missing a whole lot of meals, are they?

By the way, IMO, he needs a good a$$ kicking too.

Spiritwalker
05-19-2011, 12:34 PM
I couldn't watch more than a minute because it was making me sick.

If he wants to be a 'baby', well, it's a free country. But the taxpayers have been supporting this dishonest lump of sloth for how long? He's threatening suicide if his free ride is cut off? Okey dokey then, buh bye, now, Mr. Thornton. Cut off his public support now. These two aren't missing a whole lot of meals, are they?

By the way, IMO, he needs a good a$$ kicking too.

:applause:


I am a 43 year old American male.. I have a wife, 2 kids and 4 dogs. I hold down a steady "9-5"..since I was about 17... and teach martial arts.. and I coach some kids sports..

I am a typical American.. with strong belifes in many things.. I have NO problem with many different types of people..

but this bozo... when I saw the commercial for this.. I just shook my head.. "what a freaking loser".. but to find out I PAY FOR THIS???? arrrggghhh... Cut off his check and find him a job... if he "offs" himself.. who's fault is it? It seems to me that his offer to kill himself.. is a planned move to still be considered "childlike".. ( I will hold my breath til I die)...

I do not have the slightest clue as to how people can be like this.. have no drive or determination.. People like that make no sense to me.

rockdawg21
05-19-2011, 02:36 PM
I hate crap like that. My former stepfather (who at least openly admits he's just "worthless and lazy") receives disability for a mental issue (that clearly doesn't make him incapable of working).

The husband of one of my stepmothers' friends receives disability too. I damn near said something to him on FB the other day when he posted a link and commented "College today a waste of money!" Well if it weren't for many of those people who choose to waste their money, they wouldn't make so much money that they are able to support him to sit on his ass all day long.

Anyways, disability legislation REALLY needs to be changed.

Miss Foxy
05-19-2011, 09:23 PM
Let him kill himself..Do the taxpayers a big favor. If your life is not worth living, because you want to be a baby so be it. Just hang yourself it's less mess to clean up. I mean this too. Call me cold-hearted, but I lost someone dear to suicide so when people toss the word around I get pissed.

Primadawn
05-19-2011, 10:04 PM
This crap is infuriating. :punch:

Part of my job in the patient financial services department at a hospital, is taking applications from patients for financial assistance. I'm STUNNED at how many of them are on SSI and considered "disabled".

I try not to judge, as 30 minutes sitting in front of me is not necessarily a complete picture of their life, but some of them are absolutely ridiculous. They have "disabilities" that are nearly impossible to prove and they know it. And they say things like "I had to fight and fight them but I finally got MY disability" as if it's an entitlement! And once one family member figures it out--they pass on all the helpful hints to the rest of the clan and pretty soon, they've all got THEIR disability!

Programs like this are in dire straits right now. I know people who are REALLY disabled that have been denied and they're trying to do the best they can. Meanwhile some buffoon and his "mommy" are collecting because they like to play dress-up. Vomit.

flo
05-20-2011, 12:13 AM
And they say things like "I had to fight and fight them but I finally got MY disability" as if it's an entitlement! And once one family member figures it out--they pass on all the helpful hints to the rest of the clan and pretty soon, they've all got THEIR disability!



Pathetic. That mind set is what's bringing our country down. And the state or federal authorities seldom care, much less do anything about the abuse.

Back in our restaurant days, I met with DLI rep about an employee who hurt herself on her days off and later filed a claim that she was injured at work. Several employees were ready to testify that it was a false claim but the rep said "it won't matter because you can't prove it" , WTH?

It is totally frustrating to have these fake claims approved in a heartbeat, no one at DLI cared one way or the other. Of course, like every business, our rates went up 3 years later. :angry:

KENTUCKYREDBONE
05-20-2011, 12:32 AM
I despise those who fake disabilities! Its an insult to those that truly are disabled!