A Pregnant Sandy Victim Got Kicked Out Of Her Brooklyn Hotel
[UPDATE, 10:14am: A source from the hotel has informed us that Christian was in fact able to stay on at the hotel, and was not displaced. The Post ran the story while the situation was still being resolved. FEMA didn't confirm the extension until the last minute, which obviously made it difficult for the hotel, which was already full, to accommodate the request.]
For many Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, government-provided hotel rooms have become an appealing solution: a warm bed in a safe, clean environment, and, if they're lucky, a built-in restaurant, and a pool for the kids to play in.
But what if FEMA screws up your reservation?
That's exactly what happened to eight-months-pregnant Keri Christian, who was staying at the NU Hotel in Brooklyn when she was abruptly kicked out of her room, two weeks ahead of her scheduled departure.
The NY Post reports that though FEMA had originally approved her stay through Dec 14, a reservation error meant the 27-year-old pregnant Staten Islander (and her 2-year-old daughter) were suddenly homelessóand there wasn't much the hotel could do.
To read a statement from the hotel GM, click below!
Javier Egipcacio, who, as many of you will recall, was one of the contenders for our Hottest GM contest last week, only offered these words to the NY Post:
"Weíre doing everything we can for as many people as possible"
Which doesn't necessarily decrease his hotness in our eyes (FEMA is clearly the guilty party here), but then again, he could have at least offered Christian a room in good faith, until FEMA got their act together. After all, he's got to honor previously-booked reservations from regular customers, but surely there should be a little room for maneuvering with someone in Christian's situation?
But the story gets even worse, after reading this quote from the woman's husband, Anthony Marotto:
"'I just canít fathom this. Iím doing everything I can to clean up my house. Iíve put myself in harmís way, and FEMA canít even let my wife and daughter stay in a hotel.'
Marotto said he confronted agency workers, who claimed their fax machine wasnít working and they couldnít send paperwork to the hotel."
Jeez, FEMA. Fax machine? Really? That excuse is about as believable as saying the dog ate your homework.
[Photo: NU Hotel]