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   There's a new flood of misery affecting the still-recovering victims of Hurricane Sandy: Disaster tourists who drive by in their shiny SUVs to gawk out the window and snap pictures

12 Nov 2012 11:47 AM   |   4003 clicks   |   Fox News
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Cythraul     
Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.

12 Nov 2012 09:22 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
My grandmother just got her power back on Saturday, and she doesn't live anywhere near the shore (lots of trees where she is, though).

12 Nov 2012 09:33 AM
gilgigamesh    [TotalFark]  
Not that I believe in Karma, but I wonder how many of these Long Islanders took part in one of the disaster junkets to New Orleans' Ninth Ward that are still to this day driving those folks nuts.

12 Nov 2012 10:19 AM
gilgigamesh    [TotalFark]  

Cythraul: Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.


Uh, capitalism doesn't work that way. Tour companies trundle those damn buses through the ninth ward, keep every cent, and there is not a damn thing the residents can do about it.

How are homeowners supposed to enforce a fee for someone driving by with a bus full of tourists snapping pictures of the wreckage that was their house?

12 Nov 2012 10:23 AM
serpent_sky    [TotalFark]  

gilgigamesh: Cythraul: Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.

Uh, capitalism doesn't work that way. Tour companies trundle those damn buses through the ninth ward, keep every cent, and there is not a damn thing the residents can do about it.

How are homeowners supposed to enforce a fee for someone driving by with a bus full of tourists snapping pictures of the wreckage that was their house?


Wait - people spend money to go and look at areas where people's houses were destroyed and they lost everything? That is a real thing?

I wasn't planning on losing extra faith in humanity today, but I just have.

12 Nov 2012 10:26 AM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
Keep your windows rolled up, and don't feed them

12 Nov 2012 10:31 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

serpent_sky: I wasn't planning on losing extra faith in humanity today, but I just have.


I'm not sure why you're surprised by this. It's just a more sophisticated form of rubber-necking. The world, and especially this country, is filled with grief junkies.

12 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
basemetal    [TotalFark]  
Wait, I thought you wanted all of that attention.

12 Nov 2012 10:33 AM
gilgigamesh    [TotalFark]  

serpent_sky: Wait - people spend money to go and look at areas where people's houses were destroyed and they lost everything? That is a real thing?


This is still an active controversy in the 9th ward. 7 years after Katrina.

12 Nov 2012 10:35 AM
Solty Dog     
I remember after hurricane Ivan, the police blocked off my neighborhood to prevent gawkers. They still weren't able to keep them out.

12 Nov 2012 10:41 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

Solty Dog: I remember after hurricane Ivan, the police blocked off my neighborhood to prevent gawkers. They still weren't able to keep them out.


I'd think the bigger concern would be looters.

12 Nov 2012 10:44 AM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  

gilgigamesh: Uh, capitalism doesn't work that way. Tour companies trundle those damn buses through the ninth ward, keep every cent, and there is not a damn thing the residents can do about it.


Come on now. They hire locals to drive and maintain those buses. They also have to fuel the bus and feed the passengers.

gilgigamesh: How are homeowners supposed to enforce a fee for someone driving by with a bus full of tourists snapping pictures of the wreckage that was their house?


Sell useless crap. Tourists love to buy useless crap.

12 Nov 2012 10:58 AM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  
"The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.

12 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.


I, on the other hand, would probably put on a little show for them.

12 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
gilgigamesh    [TotalFark]  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Sell useless crap. Tourists love to buy useless crap.


That actually would be a good idea for the SUV crowd. But the tour buses will come, and they don't stop off to visit.

jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.


I know how that sounds, but she's right. You can't really know the feeling until you've spent the day staggering around the remains of everything you've ever owned, trying to decide what to keep and what to pile in the mound at the curb, as tourists drive by and snap pictures of your lowest moment in life. It's like being fed on by ghouls.

12 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
Sliding Carp    [TotalFark]  
Vintage Season

12 Nov 2012 11:39 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
The worst part of doing this is the sand fleas. As long as you stay in your car, it's usually okay, but if you open the door those fleas jump right in and then you have a hell of a time trying to kill every last one of them.

You try to take pictures when these little buggers are jumping all over your leg. It's annoying, to say the least.

12 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
ElLoco     
Jeeez. biatchbiatchbiatch...

I'll tow a Prius behind me next time if that'll make them feel better.

12 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
balki1867     
Hm, I did this all the time when I lived in Detroit, except the neighborhoods had been abandoned (in some cases) decades ago. There's a word for it -- 'Ruin Porn'. Still I always respected the hell out of the some of the residents who loved their homes enough that they refused to leave. They probably hated me though.

12 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
TXEric     

Diogenes: jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.

I, on the other hand, would probably put on a little show for them.


I would as well.
If, by "a little show", you mean letting them have the experience of staring down the muzzle of an AR-15 as I clicked the bolt release shut...

12 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
hurdboy    [TotalFark]  
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//Has a fackin' bus too-ah scheduled later this week

12 Nov 2012 11:53 AM
AgentBang     
If one was going to drive down there for any other reason than to help, I would call them a ghoul. If you want to pack up a few cars, help out for a day or two, similar to a Habitat for Humanity kind of thing, then yeah, go help and take a few pictures while you are down there. There are so many pictures out there as it is, why go there yourself?

But to drive through, take pictures and go home? You suck.

12 Nov 2012 11:53 AM
cgraves67     

gilgigamesh: Cythraul: Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.

Uh, capitalism doesn't work that way. Tour companies trundle those damn buses through the ninth ward, keep every cent, and there is not a damn thing the residents can do about it.

How are homeowners supposed to enforce a fee for someone driving by with a bus full of tourists snapping pictures of the wreckage that was their house?


Easily, if you're following your "Robin of Locksley's Handy Guide to Sherwood Forest".

1) Gather your fellow "victims" into a merry band.

2) Set up roadblocks

3) Charge tourists and nonresidence an "access fee". Have your merry band threaten anyone who refuses to pay.

4) Profit!

12 Nov 2012 11:53 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  

AgentBang: If one was going to drive down there for any other reason than to help, I would call them a ghoul. If you want to pack up a few cars, help out for a day or two, similar to a Habitat for Humanity kind of thing, then yeah, go help and take a few pictures while you are down there. There are so many pictures out there as it is, why go there yourself?

But to drive through, take pictures and go home? You suck.


LOL. Why go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower? Why go to the Grand Canyon?

Because experiencing things firsthand is something humans like to do.

12 Nov 2012 11:55 AM
ha-ha-guy     
You'd think this would be good, in that the majority of the tourists would walk away with more appreciation for the strength of natural disasters. In other words if they are ever told to evacuation to avoid something, they will (reducing the number of morons rescue workers have to go save). They'll also understand the need to proper insurance policies and hopefully an appreciation for the role FEMA can play.

12 Nov 2012 11:55 AM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  

TXEric: Diogenes: jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.

I, on the other hand, would probably put on a little show for them.

I would as well.
If, by "a little show", you mean letting them have the experience of staring down the muzzle of an AR-15 as I clicked the bolt release shut...


Lookout, we got a badass up in here.

12 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
MycroftHolmes     

jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.


Yeah, because being angry at people treating your personal disaster as a sideshow is not all invasive. How about the next time you have a loved one in the ICU, you invite all of us to sit there with popcorn and watch you deal with personal hardship.

12 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
BTW - where are Sean Penn and Obama's disaster celebrities in this? The Northeast shore not politically advantageous enough?

12 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

Cythraul: Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.


And... who is going to do the charging, again?

12 Nov 2012 12:01 PM
ringersol     
serpent_sky: "Wait - people spend money to go and look at areas where people's houses were destroyed and they lost everything? That is a real thing?"

Yeah, whereas you and I are content to let professional journalists, photographers -- or at least bloggers -- go out and do the disaster porn/voyeurism and then just enjoy the "urban decay" photos and stories online and in coffee table books, some strange folk actually want to do these "tours" and take shiatty pictures first-hand.

/ which is to say: most of us are pretty farkin guilty of this shiat

12 Nov 2012 12:01 PM
Ghost Roach     

ha-ha-guy: You'd think this would be good, in that the majority of the tourists would walk away with more appreciation for the strength of natural disasters. In other words if they are ever told to evacuation to avoid something, they will (reducing the number of morons rescue workers have to go save). They'll also understand the need to proper insurance policies and hopefully an appreciation for the role FEMA can play.


The only flaw in your logic is that it contains logic.

Those folks who drive by in their SUV's are the same folks that will be talking to the reporter in the hip-waders when the next storm passes through their neighborhood

12 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
AgentBang     

AverageAmericanGuy: AgentBang: If one was going to drive down there for any other reason than to help, I would call them a ghoul. If you want to pack up a few cars, help out for a day or two, similar to a Habitat for Humanity kind of thing, then yeah, go help and take a few pictures while you are down there. There are so many pictures out there as it is, why go there yourself?

But to drive through, take pictures and go home? You suck.

LOL. Why go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower? Why go to the Grand Canyon?

Because experiencing things firsthand is something humans like to do.


Are you comparing the destruction and aftermath from a hurricane to the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon? Not sure I'm following...

12 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  

gilgigamesh: That actually would be a good idea for the SUV crowd. But the tour buses will come, and they don't stop off to visit.


1) the passengers will make the bus stop if you have cheap useless crap that they can see from the street
2) or just promise the bus companies a cut. They'll stop every single time!


Just throwing some ideas out there. Lost 2 houses; one to flood and one to mercury poisoning. It really sucks starting over and anything you can do to cash in is something you should do.

12 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  

MycroftHolmes: jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.

Yeah, because being angry at people treating your personal disaster as a sideshow is not all invasive. How about the next time you have a loved one in the ICU, you invite all of us to sit there with popcorn and watch you deal with personal hardship.


Listen, I was without power for EIGHTEEN HOURS. My wireless router runs on electricity so I had NO INTERNET! My girlfriend's phone kept sliding between 4G and 3G and it was taking upwards of 20 seconds to load some pages. Furthermore the battery was dying! I had to take my beer and go out to the car, sit and listen to Monday Night Football on the radio and plug her phone into the car charger. I had to start the car and run it for 5 minutes almost every hour!

So don't tell me about personal disasters.

12 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
damaje     
After Katrina, I had to show my ID to get back into the city. and that was about a month after the storm as I recall. It's not rocket science.

12 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
Shadowknight     

gilgigamesh: I know how that sounds, but she's right. You can't really know the feeling until you've spent the day staggering around the remains of everything you've ever owned, trying to decide what to keep and what to pile in the mound at the curb, as tourists drive by and snap pictures of your lowest moment in life. It's like being fed on by ghouls.


I was working with a disaster relief response team at a med station in the wake of a pretty bad storm in Mid Michigan back in 2008 or 2009. In a very small area, about half a dozen tornadoes touched down over the span of three small towns close to my home town. Entire buildings were destroyed, a couple trailer parks blown away, and one strip of about four miles of nice, middle/upper class houses were knocked flat.

Even with the relative small scale of the destruction, the rubberneckers would come out and set up freaking tripods to take pictures. Now, I get if you are press, or a professional photographer, or even an amateur one that just wants to document for posterity. These numbskulls had their families posing in front of people's destroyed houses, while the owners were in the front yard, and setting the timer so he could run up and say "cheese" in front of camera with them.

Granted, he was the worst offender, but there were plenty of people out there that thought nothing of wandering right into someone's yard and taking pictures though the hole in the wall into their kids' bedrooms. Police were trying to shoo them off, for all they could do. They were kind of busy too, so only so much they could hang around and deter the looky loos.

The look on people's faces were more or less that of being slapped. So yeah, I imagine "violation" more or less fits.

12 Nov 2012 12:14 PM
shizukanavix     
I disaster-toured the 9th ward. (in a convoy of 4 white passenger vans.) During the week I spent rebuilding a house in the 8th ward. This year.

Beforehand my group met with a man who survived Katrina, but his granddaughter didn't. I cried and got to hug him at the end.

Just because they aren't helping your neighborhood doesn't mean they aren't helping, or talkign to your neighbors, or not feelign helpless that they can't do more.

In the same vein, it feels weird to do a slow drive-by close to someone's house. I could tell they felt violated. And this was years after the disaster.

I would put up a sign of what you need. I bet a disaster tourist will bring it.

12 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  

Shadowknight: The look on people's faces were more or less that of being slapped. So yeah, I imagine "violation" more or less fits.


These are the same sad sacks that rubberneck at car accidents "hoping" to see the pain and suffering.

That's why I have no mercy for them. Sell them tons of useless fake crap then throw nails into the road so they have to pay for a tow truck and/or over priced used tires.

12 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
JackieRabbit     
Subby, how dare you refer to HypeStorm Sandy as mere Hurricane Sandy. You'll have mediacrats crying like little biaches now and the worked so hard!

12 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
pute kisses like a man     
unfortunately, it's not particularly novel that many people who were unaffected by a disaster are very callous and indifferent to those who were affected.

/ the only positive thing i see is that, at least this means the ill-will towards new orleans was done out of a general failure of humanity, not a particular hate of the city.
// wait, that's worse...

12 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
KaiC     
As someone from NJ affected by HS (don't live by the shore, but we had days of no power, trees blocking roads out blah blah blah), I think I would be pretty annoyed with jerkwads rolling by just snapping photos (didn't seem to have that ish, luckily). You took the time to come out here? How about pitching in a little and help us get that farking tree off Ethel's porch, because she's 85 and can barely get around her own house. Maybe bring some gatorades or sammiches? No?

Then GTFO of the farking way so we can do it ourselves.

/Jersey represent.
//Get off our lawns.
/// ;)

12 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
Holocaust Agnostic     

gilgigamesh: Cythraul: Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.

Uh, capitalism doesn't work that way. Tour companies trundle those damn buses through the ninth ward, keep every cent, and there is not a damn thing the residents can do about it.

How are homeowners supposed to enforce a fee for someone driving by with a bus full of tourists snapping pictures of the wreckage that was their house?


The second amendment.

12 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
Mayhem of the Black Underclass     
spread out some Halloween decorations, spray paint the tip of a kids gun, offer tourist a $10 photo -op (zombie land/World War Z) as the star on your front lawn, pay the bus driver to stop.

12 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
TXEric     

jaylectricity: TXEric: Diogenes: jaylectricity: "The gawking was amazing last week," said Joanne McClenin, whose home was filled with water five feet high on the night Sandy came ashore. "It was kind of offensive as a homeowner, because I felt violated."

Oh my god, put on your big girl panties and man the fark up.

I, on the other hand, would probably put on a little show for them.

I would as well.
If, by "a little show", you mean letting them have the experience of staring down the muzzle of an AR-15 as I clicked the bolt release shut...

Lookout, we got a badass up in here.


Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle until we come to a complete stop...

12 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
Snarfangel    [TotalFark]  

gilgigamesh: Cythraul: Start charging them $100.00 per disaster photo, and $50.00 per sight seeing tour and donate all the money to Sandy relief and reconstruction efforts.

Uh, capitalism doesn't work that way. Tour companies trundle those damn buses through the ninth ward, keep every cent, and there is not a damn thing the residents can do about it.

How are homeowners supposed to enforce a fee for someone driving by with a bus full of tourists snapping pictures of the wreckage that was their house?


Make all of the roads toll roads, and rebate the money to homeowners.

12 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
Dinodork     
We had hundreds of them after the Waldo Canyon Fire came through my neighborhood this past June. They should have been shot along with the looters.

12 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
orbister     
GIS "Sandy storm damage"

About 162,000,000 results (0.40 seconds)

12 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
MDGeist     
New Yorkers are such pansies these days.

12 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
namegoeshere     
Hey NYC Farkers: do you have any idea to what extent the NYPL (library) has been affected? I'm waiting for something from them which should have been here by now. If they're having storm related problems, I don't want to pester by following up on it - I can wait until things are better. If they're functioning normally, though, and just dropping the ball, it's time for a sternly worded email.

Oh yeah, the billions of dollars in storm damage and displaced families take a back seat to my missing library materials...

Srsly though, I wish all affected a speedy recovery.

12 Nov 2012 12:27 PM
downstairs    [TotalFark]  

gilgigamesh: Not that I believe in Karma, but I wonder how many of these Long Islanders took part in one of the disaster junkets to New Orleans' Ninth Ward that are still to this day driving those folks nuts.



Yep, see them every week (I live right near a bridge to the lower ninth).  No friggin' idea what these people expect to see.  Anything totally destroyed is gone, and the rest is fairly re-built.  So basically its a normal old New Orleans neighborhood and a large field.  There's nothing to even gawk at.
 
Yeah, there's still some blight (abandoned houses).  But its no different than any city nowadays.  Maybe I'm missing something.

12 Nov 2012 12:28 PM
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