9.05.2005

"Some poor feared charges for rescue."

From Atrios, a CNN story that's really shocking:
I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue.
And Bush, salt-of-the-earth guy that he is, has suggested that those who are now suffering deserve it because they "chose" to stay...

1 comment:

kaspit said...

This isn't so surprising. People are charged for ambulance rides, as I saw happen in with carbon monoxide poisoning in our apt building. (Nor did the negligent gas company pick up the charge.)