Updated: July 30, 2014 at 6:31 pm
As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to help pay for her overdue bill: PETA.
The catch? Leslie Turner will have to go vegan for thirty days as part of a deal she struck with the animal rights group.
"I heard about it on the radio," said Turner, a 46-year-old social worker who lives in Detroit's Conant Gardens neighborhood. "This would be a tremendous help -- it will be one less expense that I have to worry about."
Last week, Turner mailed her overdue bill -- amounting to $147.12 -- and a pledge to go vegan to PETA, which recently announced it would pay the bills of 10 Detroit citizens who agreed to stop eating animal products. The group's offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city.