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  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Keep your windows rolled up, and don't feed them
  • 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.
  • Wait, I thought you wanted all of that attention.
  • 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.
  • I remember after hurricane Ivan, the police blocked off my neighborhood to prevent gawkers. They still weren't able to keep them out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeeez. biatchbiatchbiatch...

    I'll tow a Prius behind me next time if that'll make them feel better.
  • 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.
  • 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...
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    //Has a fackin' bus too-ah scheduled later this week
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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