GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS: You must read this description of what’s happening on Staten Island…and how angry people are over the marathon
UPDATE: Due to a nationwide outcry, Michael Bloomberg is finally doing what he should have done immediately: as of 430pm CST, the NYC Marathon has been canceled. Now, let’s hope public pressure forces him to provide all the materials that were allocated for the Marathon to the people of New York who need them. Things like the three generators kept in Central Park to power the media tents for the race, all the shoes, clothes, food, water, etc. that were being held in reserve for the spoiled runners…and everything else that the City was hoarding in preparation for the marathon that can now be diverted to people made homeless by Hurricane Sandy.
Will Bloomberg do the right thing and help his people now that the distraction of this race is over?
Over at EW.com, they have some guy named Theo Rossi writing in; he’s on a show I’ve never heard of that I think is about drugs and criminals (if it had singing and dancing and/or Muppets, I’d know all about it but I think this is a straight guy show on cable) and he’s from Staten Island.
Please read his whole piece on how it’s all reminding him of “The Walking Dead”: no electricity, no water, no heat, no food, no gas. There are 4 hour waits for gas. But the most dangerous part for Democrats is what he says about the marathon:
I’ve been trying to hit every shelter on Staten Island to do what I can, just to make people smile. A lot of people know me and know I’m from here. My flight has been changed six times now. Finally, I got a flight for Sunday. Then, the city decides they are going ahead with the New York City Marathon. The bridges will be closed, so I can’t get to the airport. How are they doing a marathon when most people don’t have power? On top of it, the hotels in Manhattan have been nice enough to put up people who have no homes. They are charging them $200 as opposed to $700 a night. But now they are throwing these people out because they’ve got people from all over the world coming to run the marathon. They are throwing out the survivors! So I call Jet Blue and say I can’t fly Sunday because I can’t get from Staten Island to JFK Airport. And they said ‘Okay Theo.’ They know me know because I’ve been calling them every 15 minutes. They say, ‘Theo, we can get you on a flight Friday.’ I say book it! I call up the car service, and they say, ‘We can’t pick you up, we have no gas.’ All my friends on Staten Island say, ‘How are we going to get you there? We have no gas.’ And the people who do have gas, don’t want to waste it going to JFK. So I’ve got to call and change my flight again. Now I’m leaving Monday. Everybody says if we don’t have gas in our cars by Monday, if the roads aren’t clear by Monday, that’s it … we’re throwing in the towel.
If Michael Bloomberg REALLY insists on this Marathon happening, he will eclipse Ray Nagin of New Orleans as being the stupidest and worst Mayor in the country’s history.
I need to keep repeating this, apparently, because the fear porn mongers are still claiming this storm is good for Barack Obama. Like Hell it is.
Every day, New Yorkers get angrier. While the Ministry of Truth is not reporting on this…word of the devastation is making its way to the public via the entertainment sites.
People know what is going on, and this weekend they are going to ask why in Hell the Democrats who control everything in New York aren’t bringing back order.
“Post-apocalyptic” is not an adjective that benefits Barack Obama in any way just four days before the election.
PS — Here’s an interesting twist to all this: the selfish Marathon runners are demanding that refugees be thrown out of hotels because the runners had reservations. Some hotels are standing up to the prima donna runners.
I was the head of security at a hotel in Cleveland a decade ago. I don’t know about New York, but in Ohio and the City of Cleveland itself, there were innkeepers’ laws that prohibited us from evicting a guest for anything but nonpayment, destruction of property, violence, or noise complaints from other guests. If a guest didn’t pay, we could change the electronic lock and force them to come down to the front desk…but we were not allowed to remove a guest’s possessions from a room and take then anywhere. If we did, we’d get sued by anyone smart enough to involve a lawyer. At the security seminars I had to attend for my job, I heard stories of hotel’s making stupid mistakes and removing people’s bags…and the guests then claiming that a $5,000 computer was missing and another $1,000 in cash etc. In the end, the hotels were forced to settle because they could not prove that the staff DIDN’T take those valuables while removing the guest’s belongings from rooms.
Innkeepers’ laws are on the books to protect travelers from being kicked out into the cold with nowhere else to go in a strange city. They are especially enforced during nightmare scenarios…such as Hurricane Sandy. All hotels overbook by a certain percentage every night, due to people not showing up for reservations. The later you arrive to check-in, the more likely you are to be told that the hotel is overbooked and you need to go elsewhere. Hotels are required to make other reservations for you and to also pay for your stay somewhere else that night; this is called “walking a guest” to another property, though you don’t literally “walk” over there with the person. It is one of the most stressful situations to deal with for anyone working the front desk, because people scream and yell and even throw things when they arrive at a hotel at 1am or whenever and are told there is no room at the inn.
I remember many instances where a guest kept extending his or her stay and we couldn’t do anything about it. We’d try to persuade them to leave, and we’d charge them a higher rate for staying (which was legal), but we couldn’t remove the person. The police would not help us and in fact would side with the guest because as long as the hotel is being paid then we could not evict them unless they were committing damage or causing noise complaints. If we lied and said someone was doing that, we’d be sued. Hotels do not like being sued.
So, unless the refugees voluntarily leave the hotels I don’t think there is anything the marathon runners can do about it. The hotels will NOT risk the bad PR by booting the refugees out. That’s something a hotel brand would not survive. Forever, that company would be known as the one that threw people who survived a hurricane out into the street just because some marathon runners were coming. A General Manager would have to be out of his mind to approve that. And, frankly, cops will not help evict the refugees. No way in Hell that is happening.
So I just don’t know what Bloomberg is smoking in pushing to hold this marathon as scheduled. If he really goes ahead with this for Sunday, it is going to be all out bedlam.
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