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Hurricane Evacuees put Booze on Taxpayers Tab

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted October 18, 2005

Six weeks ago my blood began to boil when I heard that the federal government issued debit cards worth $2,000 to each adult victim of Hurricane Katrina.

Since that time I've had a chance to calm down. But once again the issue has crept its way back into my forebrain.

In the September 9 issue of Wealth Daily I asked what was stopping these people from spending the taxpayer money irresponsibly. It turns out ... nothing at all. In fact FEMA officials have blatantly said there were no restrictions on how the money could have been spent. Maybe they should have thought this thing through first.

According to an investigation, conducted by the Boston Herald, victims have been living it up in Cape Cod, blowing cash on ... of all things ?... booze and strippers.

And I have to say I'm really not that surprised.

Herald reporters observed Katrina victims blatantly drinking in public at a strip mall near Camp Edwards on Otis Air Force Base.

And apparently they didn't have a good enough time just boozing it up.

Dancers at a local strip bar in Mashpee, MA, a few miles from Bourne Coast Guard base, reported giving lap dances to several evacuees. I sure hope they had a good 'ole time at our expense.

One stripper named Angel (gee a stripper named Angel ... that's original) said, "They were tipping me $5 a pop. I told them I felt bad taking their money. But I still took it." Sure why not?!?

The assistant manager of the club acknowledged that the strip joint is quite popular with people from Camp Edwards saying that he'd let anyone in as long as they had proper ID.

Herald investigators also witnessed several evacuees openly hitting the bottle from brown-bagged containers, while others poured booze into jugs or plastic cups and casually sipped drinks at the local Wal-Mart bus stop.

One elderly man was seen pouring a bottle of vodka into a water bottle and spent the afternoon sipping the liquor outside the Wal-Mart.

One Camp Edward's source said evacuees grabbed liquor off shelves at the U.S. Coast Guard store on the base and drank it in the aisles. They couldn't even wait to get outside. What a joke!

FEMA has issued more than $1.5 billion to 607,000 Katrina victims.

In addition to the $2K of free money, the Camp Edwards residents have been treated to Red Sox and New Orleans Saints games, Boston Duck Tours, a chowder fest, concerts, and free cell phone and Internet service, as well as cookouts.

Yea I know... I'm a heartless guy.

Whatever.

Only in America,

- Luke Burgess
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