Tornado-Ravaged Neighbors Charge Gawkers to Help Family

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Residents of a Davidson County neighborhood are asking people who want a close look at tornado damage to pay up. Full Story
Kevin

Charlotte, NC

#1 Mar 31, 2010
you're joking right? well you won't catch me being an onlooker but isn't there a law against that?
Jerry

Lexington, NC

#2 Mar 31, 2010
I guess if it's a private road, the residents can do what they want.
Puddin

Lexington, NC

#3 Mar 31, 2010
If people don't want 2 pay they have a choice-don't b nosey & go on about their business!Afterall these people r just trying 2 help those n need!Some people just don't have enough heart 2 help people.

Since: Jan 10

Lincolnshire, IL

#4 Apr 1, 2010
When I first heard about this I thought about school and church groups offering "free" car washes - and then asking for donations for their causes. I'm OK with that. But then I saw on the news last night where the residents are actually blocking the road with caution tape and approaching the cars for "donations" before allowing them through.

Now maybe Jerry is right. Maybe it's a private road, but it would be the owner of the road that would be able to make that decision - not the people living on the private road.

As far as people having a choice, Puddin is correct, but let's remember that until people actually see some of the damage and the need they aren't as likely to give money. I've got a heart to help people, but I'll give to organizations and individuals that aren't trying to extort money or otherwise shake me down.
Nic

Greensboro, NC

#5 Apr 1, 2010
I live in a High Point neighborhood that has been damaged. The number of onlookers and rubber neckers are RIDICULOUS. We can't even go about our day to day business because cars are stopping in the middle of the road to take pictures of other people's misfortunes.

I think it's heartless, rude, and I don't understand the lure of it. I can see people driving by out of curiosity sake, but stopping? Or slowing down to a crawl? Ugh. We all just want to try and move on as fast as possible, but we can't even get out of the neighborhood due to these people with nothing better to do. The coverage from the local news should be more than sufficient to show the damage.
Missy

High Point, NC

#6 Apr 1, 2010
Nic wrote:
I live in a High Point neighborhood that has been damaged. The number of onlookers and rubber neckers are RIDICULOUS. We can't even go about our day to day business because cars are stopping in the middle of the road to take pictures of other people's misfortunes.
I think it's heartless, rude, and I don't understand the lure of it. I can see people driving by out of curiosity sake, but stopping? Or slowing down to a crawl? Ugh. We all just want to try and move on as fast as possible, but we can't even get out of the neighborhood due to these people with nothing better to do. The coverage from the local news should be more than sufficient to show the damage.
I agree.
TheMOM

Greensboro, NC

#7 Apr 1, 2010
It's sad to me that we've become a nation of observers. People see the tragedy of others as some kind of entertainment, without ever considering that there might be something they could do to help. Congratulations to anyone who makes us stop and actually think about someone's situation and what we should be doing instead of just sitting back, watching, and making snarky and mean-spirited comments on the local news websites.
High Point Native

Thomasville, NC

#8 Apr 1, 2010
The damage from the tornado missed us by a few hundred feet. It was scary, and we did not get the brunt of the damage.

I went out in my area and looked, why? It does not feel real unless you see it. I have coworkers who stay a mile away and only got some rain.

I do agree there are some people that stop to look at damage and back up traffic, just for entertainment. That is wrong, but I am just hoping people are trying to take the reality that HIGH POINT,NC just had a tornado!

“Cynical Scumbag”

Since: Jan 10

Lima Peru

#9 Apr 1, 2010
Blue Dog Dem wrote:
Now maybe Jerry is right. Maybe it's a private road, but it would be the owner of the road that would be able to make that decision - not the people living on the private road.
I live on a private dead end road with 8 other houses. If it is like ours then we all own the road. We all just put up $600 a piece for maintenance.
I would get pi$$ed if there was constant traffic down my road just so they could take pics but I would just block the road, not take money.
Judge Dredd

Jamestown, NC

#10 Apr 1, 2010
I am going to catch it for this comment, but I feel it has to be said.... isn't funny how people will jump and spend huge amounts of time and contribute tons of money to help Haiti but it seems that only a few groups will band together and help their own neighbors here in our own state and country.

“Cynical Scumbag”

Since: Jan 10

Lima Peru

#11 Apr 1, 2010
Judge Dredd wrote:
I am going to catch it for this comment, but I feel it has to be said.... isn't funny how people will jump and spend huge amounts of time and contribute tons of money to help Haiti but it seems that only a few groups will band together and help their own neighbors here in our own state and country.
You are correct.
High Point Neighbor

Dayton, OH

#12 Apr 1, 2010
What about the retired widow lady next door to them that also lost her home, or the other families at the end of the road? Is there help or donations for them?
danialoya

Elkhart, IN

#13 Apr 1, 2010
Especially since they are giving all of that money to one family.
They have to realize there is no tax credit for helping a neighbor. Even though they are doing something very admirable, they, themselves, still should consider that many things they lost will not be replaced either.
I'm by no means saying they shouldn't help their neighbor, because they should. But maybe they way they are going about it isn't the best.
tiredofliberals

Greensboro, NC

#14 Apr 1, 2010
Nic wrote:
I live in a High Point neighborhood that has been damaged. The number of onlookers and rubber neckers are RIDICULOUS. We can't even go about our day to day business because cars are stopping in the middle of the road to take pictures of other people's misfortunes.
I think it's heartless, rude, and I don't understand the lure of it. I can see people driving by out of curiosity sake, but stopping? Or slowing down to a crawl? Ugh. We all just want to try and move on as fast as possible, but we can't even get out of the neighborhood due to these people with nothing better to do. The coverage from the local news should be more than sufficient to show the damage.
I personally think people want to see the damages for the same reason people look at car accidents or watch a house that is burning. It's not that they find happiness in the tragedy of others. People have a need to fight boredom so anything out of the ordinary is enticing. I really don't think anyone drives by or stops because they are glad the harm was done. I realize that it must be disturbing to those who have suffered because of the storm when gawkers get in their way, but I also think if the shoe were on the other foot, some of the homeowners whose homes were damaged this time would, themselves, be out looking at the damages done to the homes of others. I do hope that all of you can rebuild or repair or do whatever it is that needs doing as quickly as you can so that you can move on as soon as possible. I wish all of you the very best.
tiredofliberals

Greensboro, NC

#15 Apr 1, 2010
Judge Dredd wrote:
I am going to catch it for this comment, but I feel it has to be said.... isn't funny how people will jump and spend huge amounts of time and contribute tons of money to help Haiti but it seems that only a few groups will band together and help their own neighbors here in our own state and country.
Well, if you're going to catch it, then so am I because I agree with you completely. Every word you said is true.

Since: Jan 10

Lincolnshire, IL

#16 Apr 2, 2010
Judge Dredd wrote:
I am going to catch it for this comment, but I feel it has to be said.... isn't funny how people will jump and spend huge amounts of time and contribute tons of money to help Haiti but it seems that only a few groups will band together and help their own neighbors here in our own state and country.
Ain't that the truth.
griff

Greensboro, NC

#17 Apr 2, 2010
Instead of stopping to look, why don't they stop to help. If people can drive from far away to look, then why cant they do their part by cleaning up the stuff they are looking at. Amen to the folks who agree with helping people in our own community.

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