CASHING IN ON DISASTERS
Bought by FEMA
Yaszma Solomon, 3, watches television in her Opa-Locka apartment on a set her mom, Kim Harris, said she purchased with her FEMA check to replace a set damaged by the storm.
Eddie Thornton, manager of the Old Hickory Bar and Package Store in Liberty City, said his store has cashed as much as $500,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency checks. “I think it’s helping people, but a lot are just getting money because they can get it,” he said.
If you don’t give a damm what is done with YOUR money then don’t read the rest. But let me add something.
I know those of you who read this say why do you keep attacking these poor innocent folks?
Innocent and helpless my ass.
Let me tell you folks something, and to the anonymous poster above.
I have a daughter who will turn 18 next week. High school dropout, with an 18 month old daughter. Her mother (we have been divorced for 5 years now) fed up with her laziness said you have to either go back to school or get the fuck out.
She hooked up with a dude who is equally as lazy, also a high school dropout, yes the babies daddy.
Now that she has to make tough choices, she thought daddy Snoop would be sucked in by his gorgeous granddaughter and throw some dollars and assistance, hell a new car her way to help her get by.
I said not no, but HELL NO!
You want to be a fucken adult, then make adult decisions. I said to her either take your ass back to school or the faces you see on TV in the wake of the disaster in New Orleans will be you in a few years.
I have another son 19, who decided that gettin’ high was more fun than education. Therefore, his life is and will continue to be fucked up.
But I’m 1 for 3 because my oldest 26, took school seriously. She graduated from college and from nursing school. She will soon be making more than I am.
That is how it is suppose to work.
I finished high school, went to college, but decided to go into the military, which is where I got the skills to do what I do. Call me lucky, I had some people who helped along the way BUT, we must create and find those opportunities for ourselves.
So sorry folks if Snoop does not seem more sympathetic, or caring.
The gubment is not the answer. Never has been, never will be.
FEMA worker Mary Ann Carlisle left "sample letters'' with the Medical Examiner in Polk County, hoping to persuade him to link a death to the hurricanes. The letters suggest wording from doctors to allow FEMA to approve funeral claims.
Hurricane Frances hit South Florida Labor Day weekend, 100 miles north of Miami-Dade County, but Sun-Sentinel reporters found that the federal government approved $28 million in storm claims there for new furniture and clothes and thousands of new televisions microwaves, refrigerators and other appliances. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid for new cars, dental bills and a funeral even though the Medical Examiner recorded no deaths from Frances. In an ongoing series of reports, the newspaper also found FEMA inspectors were given only cursory training and attributed damage to tornadoes - there were none recorded in the county - and in six instances listed “ice/snow’’ as the cause. The reports have prompted calls for investigations by federal and state officials and the beginnings of an inquiry by the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security.
FEMA gave $21 million in Miami-Dade, where storms were 'like a severe thunderstorm'
The four hurricanes that pummeled the rest of Florida hardly brushed Miami-Dade County. Only Hurricane Frances was a factor there -- packing the punch of a bad thunderstorm.
Probe sought into questionable aid to Miami-Dade 'hurricane victims'
Three Florida members of Congress on Monday called for investigations into how the federal government awards disaster aid and why at least 9,800 Miami-Dade applicants have received more than $21 million in Hurricane Frances assistance even though the storm inflicted little damage in the county.
FEMA director says agency looking into Miami-Dade claims
As Hurricane Frances moved ashore over the Treasure Coast last month, the federal government declared Miami-Dade County a disaster area eligible for individual aid even though the storm's outer bands barely had touched the county.
Miami-Dade FEMA claims high in poor areas
HOMESTEAD -- The manager of a check-cashing store in this southern Miami-Dade city says he has cashed as many as 30 disaster relief checks a day for residents since Hurricane Frances hit Florida on Labor Day weekend.