Need a further understanding of how bad the economic gap is between the rich and the poor? Meet Julia, the $230,000 “executive protection dog” of Minnesota businessman John Johnson. In perhaps one of the most disgusting sign of our “supply and demand” economy, the prices for guard dogs in the world is skyrocketting because the wealthy have that much more in assets to protect.
So what does Mr. Johnson do that requires him to need so much protection of himself and his estate? Why, he owns a debt collection agency, of course.
The price tag on the dog doesn’t just make regular people squirm, however. Even Julia’s own trainer finds it a little uncomfortable.
At her new home in Minnesota, Julia has a part-time trainer, Jeremy Norton, who also works as a firefighter in Minneapolis. Mr. Norton agreed that Julia was a special dog, but he smiled a bit uncomfortably when asked to explain the $230,000 price.
“It’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “That’s as politic an answer as I can muster. I mean, Julia’s nice, but that’s half my house. There’s no way to wrap your head around that.”
That’s not just half a house. The amount that the debt collector business owner spent on one of his guard dogs (Johnson says he has six), is the equivalent of what at least 157 Minnesotans will receive in food stamps for one year.
That is, if those benefits don’t get cut.
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