Thursday, September 08, 2005

More 'Rescuers' Behaving Badly

Another example of people behaving outrageously was observed by a family of British tourists last week.


Female survivors urged to flash breasts for help
Rescuers told gals on rooftops to 'show us what you've got'

Female survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans were urged by government rescuers to flash their breasts in order to receive help in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

That according to English tourists who are now just returning to the United Kingdom, relating their horror stories to British media.

Ged Scott, 36, of Liverpool, was on his annual vacation at New Orleans' Ramada Hotel with his wife Sandra, 37, and their 7-year-old son, Ronan.

"I could not describe how bad the authorities were, taking photographs of us as we are standing on the roof waving for help, for their own personal photo albums, little snapshot photographs," Scott told BBC News.

Scott said there was a group of girls standing on the lobby's roof, calling out to passing rescuers for help.

"[The authorities] said to them, 'Well, show us what you've got' – doing signs for them to lift their T-shirts up. The girls said no, and [the rescuers] said 'well fine,' and motored off down the road in their motorboat. That's the sort of help we had from the authorities," he said.

New Orleans is noted for women flashing their breasts in public, especially during the annual Mardi Gras festival.

Scott called the relief operation "horrendous," noting police officers had taken "souvenir" photographs of stranded people begging for help.

No real surprise here, is there? It's just another data point in a huge pile of evidence that people come in all types, even within the so-called 'authorities'.

But it would be nice to think that the people who actually took the energy to man the rescue boats looking for people in distress would be from the top of the barrel, instead of the bottom ... wouldn't it?

H/T to fellow Denizen Boquisucio.