What is Wrong With People?

@moffittjc (35670)
Gainesville, Florida
September 11, 2017 11:57am CST
EVERYTHING in my city is shut down today as a result of Hirricane Irma. Nothing is open anywhere, and rightfully so. We are still experiencing tropical force winds, which are expected to continue through tonight, and there is heavy tree damage and flooding. As I was driving around the city assessing damage with my emergency response team, we passed a closed Starbucks. Five people were standing in line at the front entrance, just staring at the door. I'm not sure if that's sad or funny.
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@Corbin5 (81551)
• United States
11 Sep
It is rather pitiful to see that line of a few people. Humans are odd creatures who never cease to amaze.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they were just really tired from getting no sleep last night due to the hurricane. I can't blame them for wanting coffee. I didn't get any sleep last night and I have been living off of coffee today!
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@Corbin5 (81551)
• United States
11 Sep
@moffittjc I think that is the kind thing to do. I am sure most are just plain exhausted and are not thinking clearly at all. Thank you so much for your help with this disaster.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
12 Sep
@Corbin5 , those people were hoping Starbucks to be opened.They were still on shocked, they need something to change their stimulus.They might also be weird for waiting and hoping that place to serve them when it won't happen because of the scary hurricane.Let us hope no more like that hurricane to occur in their country.What a scary world this time.
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@KristenH (20399)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11 Sep
Hope you're safe and sheltered from the storm.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
I have been working since 1:00am last night, so I don't know about the "sheltered" part, but I am safe! Lol
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@KristenH (20399)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11 Sep
@moffittjc Oh wow Jeff. Glad you've survived the storm. Now you need some sleep.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
@KristenH Not sure when I'll get a chance to get home and get some sleep. Let's just say that coffee is my best friend right now!
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@louievill (16346)
• Philippines
11 Sep
It's either they need coffee that bad or they want to spend the hurricane inside Starbucks so they could record it and tell people what it was like in social media, yes what's it with people?
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
Well, the hirricane's pretty much over now, so it isn't because they want to ride out the storm. My thoughts on the matter are: 1. Addictions are hard to break. 2. People want to get back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. 3. Or, they have no power and wi-fi at home so they were hoping to use the wi-if at Starbucks! Haha
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@louievill (16346)
• Philippines
11 Sep
@moffittjc the want to get back to normalcy is a positive trait and reaction so long they consider safety and risks, something out there might drop, fall or give way with just the slightest gust. Coffee and wifi are both addictions although wifi has more of a necessity side to it. Glad to hear that it has subsided now and you and your family are safe.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
@louievill I totally understand everyone wanting to get back to normalcy as soon as possible. And I also understand that many people did not get a wink of sleep last night.
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@Courtlynn (50683)
• United States
11 Sep
Id say its both, but more funny.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
They must have a pretty bad addiction to coffee! Either that, or they need Starbucks' wi-go because they have no power at their houses!
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@Courtlynn (50683)
• United States
11 Sep
@moffittjc or both.
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@Elizaby (3403)
• Pensacola, Florida
11 Sep
@moffittjc With most of the area without power unless Starbucks has a generator they are without luck on coffee or the wi-fi
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@FourWalls (9920)
• United States
12 Sep
I was watching the coverage from various Florida TV stations (including my old favorite, WESH [back when I lived there, that is]). I think sad is more appropriate. People should be thankful they're still alive, but instead they want a magic button to be pressed and everything's back to normal. It doesn't work that way. We lost power in Louisville twice within five months (Hurricane Ike's remnants and an ice storm), and between the two I think everyone in the city lost power at least once. My power was off for a week after Ike, but I was thankful that it was in the relative comfort of late summer/early fall than having to be without electricity for a week in 25-degree weather. But I'm of the opinion that there are people who will complain about anything. Give them the world on a silver platter and they'll ask why it's not gold.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Sep
I had a friend of mine went on a lengthy tirade on Facebook today because her wi-fi service wasn't working. I mean, there are people who lost their houses, their cars, everything of value in their lives, and she's worried about her stupid wi-fi. I'm usually a pretty laid-back guy, but I had to put her in her place today on that one.
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@pgntwo (21710)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
11 Sep
Funny or sad, not sure which...
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
It's a little of both.
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@spaceseed (2925)
• India
11 Sep
I really don't know much about present situation but as hurricanes are frequent in US, such reaction is unprecedented
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Sep
Its mind boggling. Thanks for your work Jeff.
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
Thanks. So far so good. Lots of trees down everyone, but so far we have only found two downed trees that have crushed houses, and both houses were unoccupied at the time. Still 42,000 customers without power, but utility has every lineman possible out working on the lines.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Sep
@moffittjc Thanks for the updates too Jeff.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
12 Sep
@TiarasOceanView , yes my friend, mind -blowing and twerking for some apps.
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@singhisback (2255)
• Jalandhar, India
11 Sep
My prayers are with you all my friend.
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@poehere (17840)
• French Polynesia
12 Sep
They probably don't have any electricity in their home and they wanted come coffee. I do feel sorry for them.
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@Bluedoll (16823)
• Canada
30 Sep
Have you ever had a Hemingway Coffee?
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Sep
I wanted coffee too, but I was smart enough to know that Starbucks was closed during the hurricane! And even if I didn't know they were closed, there was a big sign posted on the door!
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@snowy22315 (34180)
• United States
11 Sep
A bit of both I guess!
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
I agree! It is probably a bit of both!
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@Freelanzer (6459)
• Canada
11 Sep
Perhaps the storm left them dazed and confused
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
It is true that catastrophic events can leave people shell-shocked. It is totally possible they were in a daze this morning.
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• Rochester, New York
11 Sep
Oh wow... Why would they expect the place to be open in the first place? Geesh!
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
I understand why people expected them to be open, because I certainly was searching all over the place today for anything that was open so I could get coffee or a bite to eat while I was out in the field working. Luckily, we found a Waffle House that was open!
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@GardenGerty (90988)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Sep
That is something I would expect to read on the "Not Always Right" website.
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@JolietJake (41202)
11 Sep
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@prashu228 (22864)
• India
11 Sep
Standing in front of the shop, are they addicted or they thought they might open the shop
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@moffittjc (35670)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Sep
I think that they were hoping they would open the shop.
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@andriaperry (33038)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Sep
Sad. Just sad.
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• United States
12 Sep
They couldn't make coffee at home, seriously!!!
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@Deepizzaguy (7591)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
11 Sep
It is sad to know that five people stood outside a Starbucks that was closed due to Hurricane Irma. They could be homeless people.
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@marlina (62086)
• Canada
11 Sep
Thanking you for being there when so needed!
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