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People suck.

I am so disappointed in humans right now.

My friend just had a house fire. It completely destroyed the kitchen, dining room, and living room. Smoke damage ruined all but one of the bedrooms. One of her cats was killed, but thankfully her children were at their grandmothers and she/husband were at work. As with *any* fire, the fire marshal has to come to do an investigation to see how it started. She is dealing with soooooo much right now. I always thought fires were horrible, but I had no idea the impact. Your clothes are gone, you have to borrow or replace some in order to have something to wear tomorrow. Your medications are burned up, so you have to refill prescriptions. Cancel the utilities, find a place to sleep tonight, find a place to rent, work with the insurance adjusters, reassure your children, on and on and on. And it takes money. And you've lost stuff you care about. And you feel lost. And it's only been four days.

As with any fire, there was an article the newspaper about it. Now with online papers, people can make comments. Most of the comments are about meeting at her place while bringing hotdogs, bringing marshmallows, and making s'mores. Some of those comments triggered general conversations between commenters about the hickness of our city. If that's not awful enough, one person make a comment implying they needed to do a thorough investigation because they know the family that lived there, implying my friend would do it herself. She is one of the best, nicest, most honest, most trustworthy, most sensitive, kindest, hardest working person I have ever met. That comment destroyed her possibly as much as the fire; she called us to ask if that's what people were saying about her. I wanted her to understand that there are horrible people out there, trolls who live to harm others, and that whoever left that comment probably doesn't even know her but is just trying to start a flame war. Flame.

There was not one sympathetic comment.

Comments

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kwix
Jul. 3rd, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
The joy of the Internet is that anyone can be an anonymous asshole.

I light of this, I think XKCD says it best.
sarahtoalaska
Jul. 3rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Yeah I have to agree. Sadly people feel safe saying whatever they want through the internet. It's f*ck up, and wrong, but sadly true. Just keep trying to reassure your friend that these people didn't even know her and are just being jerks.

Kwix's parents went threw a fire before he was born. The occasional stories his parents tell about it are hair raising in the least.

Edited at 2009-07-03 04:25 am (UTC)
disbandedtoastr
Jul. 3rd, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Arrgghh!
That is SO wrong!!

Mean people suck.
magnet5
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I join the chorus of disgruntlement. And volunteer TYG to kick some of these commenters in the balls.
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