No thinking person jokes about disasters, particularly those over which we have no control. One can only imagine the horror that the residents of Ft Myers and Cape Coral and the environs are feeling right now. They rightly deserve our prayers and support. Homes and businesses destroyed, friends lost, it is a nightmare.
I am always stunned by immature clods that use these disasters to make fun and press their own agendas. Now is the time to go all in, show your support, and do what you can to help. Its not the time to tweet ‘funny’ things about death and destruction.
I’m ashamed to say that someone from our industry posted the following:
Terrifying photo, but take solace from the fact that somewhere right out there is surly a place to park your car.
There was a picture of floodwaters about to destroy a house. This was written by the head of Parking Reform Network Tony Jordan and ‘liked’ by Reinventing Parking founder Paul Barter.
I’m saddened because I know personally both Tony and Paul and felt they had more feeling, empathy, and understand than this quote shows. I can only hope that this was a knee jerk reaction and they will come to their senses. But, there you go. Sometimes disasters bring out a person’s true feelings. Its sad that we can’t put aside our political issues for at least a few weeks and help our parents, friends, and families dig out from disaster. But the world is filled with sadness.
Yes, the brave people of Florida will rebuild and repair their lives. However it won’t be the ‘same.’ Personal treasures have been lost, human beings injured or killed, lives upended. Right now, they are in a recovery mode. One can only imagine how they felt, watching their homes and futures being destroyed. They deserve our prayers, support, empathy, and friendship.