Or so declared insurance giant State Farm, which, what do you know, doesn't pay up for this type of damage. Since the company only covered wind insurance and the federal government covered flooding, the state ended up shelling out around half a billion buckaroos to homeowners left stranded after the disaster. To be exact, 6,810 policy holders received assistance from the state. Considering that the rebuilding process took years and some of the areas destroyed by the hurricane were never rebuilt, we're gonna go ahead and say Mississippi could have used that money.
In 2006, two sisters working for State Farm blew the whistle on the fact that their bosses had told adjusters to develop temporary dyslexia and write down "wind damage" instead of "flood damage." A clusterfuck of a court case ensued, with the insurance company trying to get the case thrown out on technicalities -- the mark of an innocent party.
They hired Yoko Ono to testify that wind is nothing but "the water of the sky."
It was only ten years after the hurricane, in 2015, that the courts finally ruled on Mississippi's favor, allowing the state to recover the massive losses suffered by basically doing State Farm's job for them. The company abided by the ruling and doesn't harbor any ill feelings, said a spokesman for the newly renamed Any-State-But-Mississippi Farm.
Starbucks Baristas Sold Overpriced Water To 9/11 Rescue Workers
If you've always had an irrational hatred of Starbucks baristas, well, here's a pretty damn compelling reason. As we mentioned earlier, 9/11 was a day when some people decided to step up, risk their lives, and become exemplars of the very best of humanity. But for those employees of one NYC Starbucks, it was a good day to make a few extra bucks.
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Never forget ... people are assholes.
After the World Trade Center collapsed, emergency workers helping people in the rubble of the towers went out to look for some water for the victims. Luckily, this was still Manhattan, so they probably had to walk five steps before running into a Starbucks, and the employees inside were totally willing to help. For $130. That's how much they charged for three cases of bottled water, which the workers paid out of their own pockets. Hopefully the bills weren't too dirty with the dust that was once the massive buildings standing right near them until that morning.
Suspecting that something was amiss, ambulance officials who heard of the incident began calling and emailing representatives of the chain ... to no response. Starbucks president Orin Smith later said he didn't know why they were ignored, but he did issue a public apology, gave a personal phone call to the head of the Midwood Ambulance Service, wrote a reimbursement check, awarded free coffee, gave "other gifts," and generally sounded sincerely horrified by his employees' lack of basic humanity.
And yet, Starbucks still published this a few months later.
Of the employees themselves, Smith said, "It's totally inconsistent with the kind of behavior we would have expected from our people, so it has been very upsetting to learn of this." The worst part is that they presumably suffered no consequences, since they were now 130-naires and could afford to blow off their job and live large for the rest of their lives.
Also check out The 6 Most Clueless Assholes To Ever Exploit Tragedies and The 8 Most Shameless Attempts to Cash in on 9/11.
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