A woman in Texas has taken to Facebook, claiming that two Red Cross workers were rather rude to her when she arrived at Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Nederland, TX and tried to distribute 400 hamburgers to Hurricane Harvey victims.
“This is Lindsey Scott, and I’m astonished at the behavior of the Red Cross husband/wife team at the mid-county Jack Brooks airport yesterday,” she wrote via her sister’s Facebook page.
“Who together accosted me and took turns berating me because I was trying to bring 400 warm hamburgers to our hungry evacuees, who according to them did not need the food because they had ‘already had a sandwhich,’” Scott continued. “Yes, they had 1 sandwhich in 24 hours. They were desperate for a hot meal!”
What she reportedly witnessed next was horrific, as the Red Cross husband/wife team “proceeded to try and load the warm, ready to eat burgers into an ice chest.”
“I confess I just stood there with my mouth gaping open, fighting back tears while they told me that I did not know what I was doing and they had not even seen me volunteering,” she wrote.
When the Red Cross abandoned her, Scott was stranded and had to figure out another way to feed new evacuees.
“They were not there when the sun came up and they woke up hungry, angry, tired, scared, and frustrated,” Scott wrote. “They did not see them fighting over donuts that OUR friends and family answered the call to bring at 7:00 am.”
When Snopes stepped in and questioned these claims, Red Cross’ national spokeswoman Jenelle Eli submitted a statement alleging that the husband/wife team simply avoided serving the burgers due to safety concerns.
“The safety of the people we serve is our first and utmost priority,” Eli said. “Our volunteers and workers on the ground may not be perfect, but they are all working with the best of intentions and to the best of their ability.”
However, Matuska told Snopes in dispute that no one from Red Cross mentioned anything to Scott regarding any safety concerns.
“The Red Cross’s position was that (evacuees) had already eaten a sandwich … (they) didn’t (appear) to be concerned about safety (because) they (placed the hamburgers) into an ice chest to save for later,” Matuska wrote. “There were problems the entire time they were there with them not wanting volunteers to distribute things.”
In this day and age, it’s hard to say what really transpired that day. But, given the somewhat sketchy history of the Red Cross, I’m inclined to give Scott the benefit of the doubt here. What do you think?