Everybody Screwed Over 9/11 First Responders
9/11 brought out the best parts of America: Our selfless heroics, our perseverance, our ruthless capitalism ...
Okay, maybe that last part isn't so great. Take Starbucks' Battery Park location, which used the horrific tragedy as an excuse to charge 9/11 ambulance responders about $130 for three cases of bottled water -- water that they needed to give to hundreds of survivors of goddamn 9/11.
No seriously, take it. Take it away. We don't want to live in that world.
It gets worse: The ambulance crew had to pay out of their own pockets for it. It, again, being water for people who had just been 9/11'ed.
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"Patriots are great. Paytriots are better."
Sure, the company ended up issuing a public apology and reimbursing the ambulance workers, but that doesn't put water in the mouths of the dying, as the saying should probably go.
It's not just corporations that saw the worst terrorist attack in American history and thought "Know what? Bet I can make it worse." Yes, the EPA itself took a cue from Ghostbusters and decided to play the bad guy: They tested the air at Ground Zero and claimed that it didn't pose a health risk to anybody. Not the survivors of the attack. Not the people living or working in the area. And certainly not the first responders, who were there right at the start and kept working for months afterward.
This being the article that it is, of course they were lying. Later, to the shock of all, we found out that inhaling death and destruction is bad for you. More than 3,700 first responders have been diagnosed with cancer and other diseases. Quite reasonably, they thought they could get some recompense. Quite unreasonably, Congress told them to take a flying fuck at the Moon on a special rocket shaped like a giant middle finger.
Kimberlee Hewitt / US Federal Government
"Protect the Homeland, but screw the people dying in the Homeland."