I'm so upset right now, I just have to vent...
March 10, 2007 12:56am CST
I just received an e-mail from my best friend in Austin, where I just moved from. She said the restaurant we worked at together for the past 6 years caught fire last Wednesday and there were over 500,000 dollars worth of damages! This place was like a second home to me. My husband and I met there, and we are about to have a son... I guess in my mind I'd pictured us going back to visit and being able to tell our child 'this is where mommy and daddy used to work together'. I am 24, so 6 years is a big part of my life... Most of my friends worked there, and now they are all out of work, some with families to support. I'm angry because the fire was set by a homeless man who had repeatedly hopped the fence in back of the restaurant. He had been 'chased off' a number of times, but kept coming back. The ironic thing is, the restaurant was vegetarian and the fire was caused by the man falling asleep while cooking steaks on a small grill. Not only was he trespassing, but there is a fire ban right now in Texas, and he got to walk away free! They said it was an 'accident'. Meanwhile all the people I love are devestated! There was a beautiful garden room as well as an indoor cafe area... the garden caught fire first, killing all the fish in the coy pond.. the cafe walls are still standing, but everything is melted and charred... totally unsalvagable. I love this place. I feel like my own home got destroyed... all because of some inconsiderate, rude man who's free to walk the streets, trespass, and destroy other people's property! I'm so angry and sad... thank you for taking the time to read this. Hopefully the Austin community will reach out to those affected and show their support.