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2 Jersey City councilwomen blast billionaire's gift card giveaway as disorganized, hurtful
Jersey Journal ^

Posted on 12/22/2012 1:30:52 PM PST by SMGFan

An effort by a Livingston billionaire to hand out free $100 gift cards to Jersey City residents affected by Hurricane Sandy turned into a fiasco last week after some residents who spent hours in line say they were shut out.

The effort led to long lines last Monday night at some community centers, including the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, as people sought to register for the cards, and long lines again two days later when residents arrived to pick them up, according to residents, community leaders and organizers of the charity effort.

Two city councilwomen blasted the gift card giveaway at Wednesday’s council meeting, saying it was poorly run and led to seniors and handicapped people waiting in the cold for hours to no avail. One woman had to be sent to the hospital, they said.

“It really teed me off,” said Councilwoman at large Viola Richardson. “It really tore up the community.”

Better Education Institute, the nonprofit arm of education reform group Better Education for Kids, both funded by billionaire David Tepper, organized the giveaway, which seeks to hand out $100 Target gift cards to 13,000 people statewide, including nearly 2,500 here in Jersey City.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


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They should have paid SEIU members to hand the gift card out to those most deserving? /s
1 posted on 12/22/2012 1:30:58 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

It has always annoyed me when people who get left out of a gift get angry and feel insulted.

The entitlement mentality of our culture is running deep.


2 posted on 12/22/2012 1:37:56 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: SMGFan

No good deed goes unpunished.


3 posted on 12/22/2012 1:37:56 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: SMGFan

Let me guess, it should have been left for these two clowns to hand out the ‘goodies’.


4 posted on 12/22/2012 1:46:07 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
No body is entitled to free hand out by private citizen(s). Guess it wasn't taught at gubmint schools.
5 posted on 12/22/2012 1:48:41 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SMGFan

At least they weren’t giving out muffin tops.


6 posted on 12/22/2012 1:49:20 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: SMGFan

Translation: “We didn’t get our cut.”


7 posted on 12/22/2012 1:50:36 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SMGFan

Too bad the community organizer was in Hawaii he could handle it.


8 posted on 12/22/2012 1:51:53 PM PST by Taxbilly
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To: SMGFan

Hey Viola.

Put up or shut up.

Let’s see you open your goverment sponsored wallet and help others instead of badmouthing those who actually give back to society instead of BEING A GOVT SPONSORED LEECH.

And by the way, please detail your charitable donations whydoncha.


9 posted on 12/22/2012 1:52:30 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SMGFan

including the Mary McLeod Bethune Center

Tells me a lot.


10 posted on 12/22/2012 1:55:07 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Sir Napsalot

I am done doing anything good for anyone I can determine voted for Obama.

I figured that if I get a jury duty call, I can get out of it by saying... “If I think the defendant voted for Obama, he is guilty.”


11 posted on 12/22/2012 2:00:55 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Re: jury duty call

Be careful about contempt or any other stupid things.

Best is to avoid being picked into the jury pool.

If it were me, I just says ‘the perp looks guilty to me. My own mother was vicitmized for ......’


12 posted on 12/22/2012 2:08:39 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Venturer

>>Tells me a lot.

It was all I needed to know.


13 posted on 12/22/2012 2:09:35 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SMGFan
... and led to seniors and handicapped people waiting in the cold for hours...

He should have given away Air Jordan shoes so the people waiting in the cold would have been younger and capable of fighting. /sarc

14 posted on 12/22/2012 2:10:21 PM PST by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: SMGFan

Councilwoman at large Viola Richardson>>>>>>>

She is one beastly mannish woman. She looks like Magua in Last of the Mohicans (played by Wes Studi)


15 posted on 12/22/2012 2:14:23 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything)
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Obviously they need a lesson in giving free sh&t away from the "One."

Here's how it's done!!!

16 posted on 12/22/2012 2:29:21 PM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: SMGFan

How dare a private citizen horn in on the government’s gravy train.


17 posted on 12/22/2012 4:05:16 PM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: SMGFan

Charity is an insult, and that’s the way they took it. I, for one, am going to be very careful never to insult the poor again.


18 posted on 12/22/2012 4:09:52 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SMGFan

What I think is awesome about this is how these two civic minded ladies were able to so quickly deduce the shortcomings in this impromptu charity and quickly organize more contributions to follow up and make sure that nobody was left out. What a philanthropic opportunity! The many hours that they spent configuring a highly organized distribution system to distribute the newly added funds that they contributed really helped the poor. Oh wait, they didn’t do that did they? They just bitched and made certain that nobody is will ever again be so foolish as to waste a dime trying to help in that district ever again. Good job! Next year they get nada.


19 posted on 12/22/2012 7:49:27 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Tell them you have a uncle or father that is a retired policeman....#2 tell them your an insominac and you can get there by 9am, but cannot guarantee you will awake by noon. Both of those got me releaved from service and they are both true, only it was my father a retired cop...defense attorneys get rid of you real quick and the better to the judge got me off another jury duty....But the best one when the judge was doing the voir der was a workmands comp case with medical testamoney (he knew I was a nurse working in hospital) and the judge asked me....if you hear testamony that you know to be inaccurate, can you put it aside and judge only on what you hear in court...that one got a laugh out of me and the judge politely let me go. Don’t want jurys to know if witness’s are lying...


20 posted on 12/22/2012 9:27:41 PM PST by goat granny
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To: SMGFan

For the feral adolescents NOTHING is ever enough. It is an insult to HAVE to stand in line for free stuff - actually a TRICK by “The Man” to embarrass them. They want the trough put in front of them so they can eat until their snout hits bottom. Then they want to straighten up scratch their belly burp fart and move to the next trough of free stuff without a single word of thanks to those who fill the troughs they eat out of. THIS is what we have to stop, but how?


21 posted on 12/23/2012 4:09:09 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Couple of politicians felling butt hurt that they didn’t get to give away the gifts to get the credit . Sour grapes nothing more.


22 posted on 12/23/2012 12:06:46 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner
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