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Re: Louisiana Official Caught Ripping Off Donations

DevilsPGD (
Thu, 22 Sep 2005 02:11:17 -0600

In message <> Associated Press News
Wire <> wrote:

> Police found cases of food, clothing and tools intended for hurricane
> victims at the home of the chief administrative officer for a New
> Orleans suburb, authorities said Wednesday.

> Officers searched Cedric Floyd's home because of complaints that city
> workers were helping themselves to donations for hurricane
> victims. Floyd, who runs the day-to-day operations in the suburb of
> Kenner, was in charge of distributing the goods.

> Police plan to seek a charge of committing an illegal act as a public
> official against Floyd, and more charges against other city workers
> are possible, police Capt. Steve Caraway said.

That seems like an odd reaction. Perhaps he should be airdropped just
ahead of Rita and we'll call it even?

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: If we wish to be consistent here, we
need to remember all the looting in general which took place over
several days there. And the 'city workers' who were helping themselves
to the lately-given donations, etc were not doing much different,
except perhaps it is okay to loot a store with merchandise for sale at
a profit, but not okay to loot merchandise intended for give-away to
the victims. Also recall, many of the city workers involved were also
themselves victims and were entitled to the same help as the other
victims were receiving. My thought would be since the city workers
were staying on the job trying to assist the other victims, perhaps
some 'professional courtesy' reciprocation should be allowed
(i.e. they get first pick of the donations, etc just as they are
getting the first pick of the temporary mobile homes as they become
available.) Just don't get greedy about it or make a big issue of
showing the other victims what is happening. PAT]

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