SHARE
The ship has really hit the fan this time

Marriott had a chance to do some first-class Hurricane Irma BOAT HERO stuff when they chartered a ferry to pick up stranded tourists from St. Thomas and bring them to Puerto Rico Friday night, but the wheels of Corporate Stupid interfered, so now the hotel chain looks like a bunch of schmucks. The idea was to rescue Marriott guests who couldn’t evacuate by air before the hurricane hit the U.S. Virgin Islands, but the ship only allowed those who were registered guests of Marriott hotels or resorts to board, leaving behind about three dozen people who weren’t on the list — on a devastated island with food and water in short supply, with another hurricane on the way.

Marriott says local port officials wouldn’t let anyone not on the passenger list board, while people left behind on the dock say the local authorities were urging the ship’s crew to take everyone, but corporate higher-ups refused. The Washington Post doesn’t include any direct comment on the situation from port officials, probably because HURRICANE and everything. We’ll go with a default assumption that the company is covering its ass.

“We just felt hopelessness,” said Cody Howard, a professional storm chaser who had been contracted to shoot weather footage on the island. His exit strategy evaporated when the island’s airport closed.

“We’re grown men. We could take care of ourselves,” he said of himself and his chase partner. Howard had endured similar conditions filming footage of Hurricane Harvey. “We didn’t need a whole lot. But it was really hard to see people with kids and elderly people who don’t have anywhere to stay get turned away by this boat … For some people, that was the only [glimmer] of hope. After the boat left, they just felt hopeless and helpless.”

Howard and others said the people running the ship had contacted Marriott higher-ups about whether to evacuate the people who hadn’t had the good taste to stay at Marriott properties during the hurricane, and that they received word the company “didn’t want the liability,” according to Howard. He took to the Facebook to register his disapproval:

Another would-be evacuee, Naomi Ayala, posted a video to Facebook, because if if they won’t let you on the damn rescue boat, at least you can tell the internet about the SNAFU:

After speculating someone had turned off the lights so people would leave, an exasperated Ayala says,

They had 600 and something seats. They filled it with 300 Marriott guests and there are 35 people over here waiting and we can’t get on this large boat that will hold at least two to three hundred more people. And it was Marriott’s decision. Marriott did not let us on this boat to get to San Juan so we can get on flights back home. Instead, we have to ride out Hurricane Jose on St. Thomas when we just went through Hurricane Irma.

As it turned out, Hurricane Jose veered north and didn’t hit the Virgin Islands (possibly because it was redirected by the Prayer Warrior lady and her magic jebus stick), but when they were left behind Friday, the people on the dock expected they’d have to face a second hurricane, with very few resources on an already devastated island.

Marriott spokesperson Tim Sheldon told WaPo this is all just a big misunderstanding and their hands were tied, because local port officials said that only those on Marriott’s passenger list would be allowed on the ferry, and there just wasn’t time to work out whether anyone else could be evacuated:

“We were told by the port manager … that if they weren’t on the manifest that we weren’t able to bring them on to the boat,” he said. “We were told we had to have our boat out of that port by nightfall. We knew that it was in our best interests and in the best interests of our guests to get that ship out of there that night.”

Later, the company also sent a statement with some beautiful WE CARE A LOT corporate-speak:

The ferry departed St. Thomas Friday, September 8, with the Marriott guests onboard. There were a number of additional people gathered at the dock who were not our guests who also expressed a desire to leave St. Thomas. We very much wanted to assist these other travelers to Puerto Rico, however, the Marriott team on-the-ground was told they had no authorization to board additional passengers who were not on the approved manifest. This was enforced by dock security.

With Hurricane Jose on a path to St. Thomas, the ferry had a tight window to pick up passengers and safely depart.

As a company, Marriott places a priority on the safety and security of our guests, but we also have a long tradition of looking out for the greater community. In this case, we weren’t able to help and as grateful as we are that we were able to transport our guests, we are saddened that we were not able to do the same for more people.

You hear that, all you naysayers and haters? They ARE saddened!

That contradicts what passengers who were turned away say:

Howard and others saw it as a case of corporate callousness during a life-threatening situation. He told The Post that local officials were pushing for the tourists to get on the boat — they were using limited resources that could be used by islanders who couldn’t sail away from the aftermath.

Between the people left on the dock and the corporate ass-coverers, Yr Wonkette is going with the people on the dock. But if there’s a record of local officials saying “No, you may not take these scared, wet people someplace safe because they are not on your guest list,” we’ll believe it when we see it.

[WaPo]

$
Donate with CCDonate with CC
  • canes_pugnaces

    Drowning is for losers. Life boats are for winners.

    — Marriot

  • Joe Beese
    • theblackdog

      Excellent news!

    • President in Exile Firefly

      “Laugh while you can, monkey boy!”

    • doktorzoom

      I was going to say “too bad lithium is no longer available on credit” but you mention your moms, and I’ll be damned if I’ll turn a perfectly acceptable Buckaroo Banzai reference into an insult of anyone’s mother.

      Don’t tug on that. You don’t know what it’s attached to.

    • Ill-Advised

      Excellent!

  • Scooby

    The US is one of the only industrialized countries that has no affirmative legal duty to help. In Europe, for example, you could incur civil or even criminal liability for not stopping to help.

    • Wolf Tracker

      International Maritime laws apply to all countries but this was a land rescue so it may not apply.

      • Scooby

        Usually 12 nautical miles out.

    • MrTusks

      It’s for the best. Americans would abuse the everliving fuck out of that chance for some easy Ameros.

  • Indiepalin

    I feel sorry for the professional storm chasers. How could they have possibly known that there would be a hurricane?

    • kareemachan

      Pfft. Baka comment, and if you were being snarky, pfft again.

  • kareemachan

    Hopefully, Marriott is feeling the backlash of this. I emailed them yesterday reminding them of the difference between positive and negative feedback – the latter lasting in people’s memories much, muck longer.

    • FlownΩver

      You’ll get a response like this, if any, over which an intern in the corporate communications office sweated mightily for about as long as it took to type:

      “Thank you for your recent communication. At Marriott we always welcome input from the public; it helps us in our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible service.”

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    Good luck unfucking that screw up, Marriott.

    • Stulexington

      And by that I mean fuck you Marriott may you rot in hell.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    But at least there’s a Book of Mormon in every Marriott hotel room.

    • dslindc

      The musical is better than the original.

    • BadKitty904

      And here’s a perfect example of the result of that.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Jeez, they could have at least thrown them some thoughts and prayers as they left.

  • theblackdog

    This seems to be a textbook example of why it sounds good that you want to go down and help but should leave it to professionals. They could have tossed cash at rescue crews and reaped some nice times recognition but instead they tried to do it themselves and fucked up royally.

  • Stulexington

    Benevolent hand of the market.

    • Iron Monkey

      The invisible hand is a pickpocket.

      • FlownΩver

        At best. Sometimes it’s only interested in fisting somebody.

  • Wolf Tracker

    International Maritime laws require rescue at sea and should have been applied in this case:

    http://www.pacmar.com/story/2015/07/01/maritime-law/rescue-at-sea/357.html

    That is just not right to not rescue people in obvious need.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Well, technically, I think being on land isn’t at sea, but I agree… just rescue people in need…

  • Mr. Blobfish

    My boycott list is getting pretty heavy.

    • proudgrampa

      Pretty soon, we will not be able to buy ANY goods or services from ANYBODY.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      It’s better to have a boycott almost everything policy and a whitelist of businesses that you are not boycotting. It saves time.

  • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

    As it turned out, Hurricane Jose veered north and didn’t hit the Virgin Islands (possibly because it was redirected by the Prayer Warrior lady and her magic jebus stick)

    It was either that or the HARP machines malfunctioned.

    (No, really… my brother actually believes HARP machines really exist and are controlling the weather.)

    • BadKitty904

      I assumed it’s because Trump wouldn’t let anyone/anything named Jose into the United States…

      • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

        Well, there’s that.

  • BadKitty904

    A textbook illustration of the difference between “helping people because it’s the right thing to do” and “helping people as a corporate marketing ploy”.

    • HooverVilles

      One of these used to be done more than the other, now the reverse.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    “Oh, we are dreadfully sorry. This is the VIP boat. Another smaller one should be coming by any day now. Hang on, you guys!”

    • BadKitty904

      Survival of the fattest…

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        I wish I could apply that to my own survival.

    • Meccalopolis

      Were they glamping on the beach?

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I heard the onboard movie that night was Dunkirk.

    • chiefkurtz

      Double feature, Amistad followed.

      • Nockular cavity

        Titanic for the matinée.

        • WIDTAP

          You are all wrong. It was a Sharknado festival.

          • Nockular cavity

            And of course, Lifeboat for a dramatization of what it would be like to be survivors at the mercy of a Nazi.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Poseidon Adventure, for nostalgia.

          • calliecallie

            Overboard, for the economic inequality.

          • OneYieldRegular

            “There’s got to be morning after” is the rule of thumb I’ve adopted for weekend nights.

          • Ill-Advised

            Dang it, another earworm. “And well escape the darkness, we won’t be searching any more!”

            You’re welcome.

    • TundraGrifter

      Several years ago I was walking through an airport and the little gift shop that only sells aviation-related souvenirs and other items was showing “Airplane.”

      • FlownΩver

        Surely not!

        • TundraGrifter

          Don’t call me Shirley!

          I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue…

    • Haven’t those poor people suffered enough?

  • Johnny Appleseed

    This is truly pathetic and even more so is Presidente Dickhead-Liar won’t breathe one word about it.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Do you think he would open up any of his properties if there was some kind of catastrophe? Without charging a fee, of course.

      • Johnny Appleseed

        No. Never. He’s a Grifter, always has been a Grifter and always will be a Grifter.

        • TundraGrifter

          And that’s a bad thing?

          • WIDTAP

            Not for Ivanka’s expense account, no.

      • FlownΩver

        Hahahahaha!1!!1!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    For the life of me I can’t imagine what kind of fucked-up thinking was in play there. “Hey, we need to charter a rescue boat so we can get some great publicity!”
    “Good idea! Let’s get a really big one! We can take extra people who really need help, like families with small children, the elderly, and tourists who will use up badly-needed local resources!”
    “No, no, no, we’re only taking registered guests.”
    “But – but – but -”
    “It’ll work out fine. That’s why they pay me the big bucks.”
    [Debacle and horrible publicity]
    “We’ll blame the locals. Don’t worry about it.”

    • BadKitty904

      My first thought is “liability”. If this vessel had gone down with all hands during the unprecedented storm, how did Marriot PR plan to put a positive spin on that?

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Hey, it may be only me, but I’d be thinking, “at least they tried.” What I’m thinking now is “what a basket of deplorable douchebags. I’ll never stay in a Marriott property again.”

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      I can only surmise that Marriott guests wave liability through the room agreement. Some lawyer probably advised that non-Marriott guests had not waived liability, so any deaths or illnesses on the ship would cost them huge and that was more important to them than the lives of those 35 people.

      • Regret

        I keep forgetting how horrible the sue everyone culture is.

        Also, love your profile pic… I’m not sure if I can say “I’ll be in my bunk” without coming off creepy.
        Eh, fuckit: I’ll be in my bunk.

  • HooverVilles

    I know this is OT, but I am posting this as possible material for a wonkette writer.
    On FOX NEWS a post with the title : “Trump International Resort applies to hire more foreign workers”
    Ah, Trump Bringing jobs back to America and MAGA: NOT!

    http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/09/13/trump-international-resort-applies-to-hire-more-foreign-workers.html

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/761d7fc140922f9b1f4f06967b234c2da303b5ab74cf651bb9ea06086ac78fd7.png

    The $64,000 question: What does this say about the FOX fans? I know this is rhetorical for wonkers, but hey.

    • BadKitty904

      That they’re morons? Is this a trick question???

      • HooverVilles

        No not a trick question. SAD!

    • BosGrl

      See? He LIKES furriners!! You lefties are all fake news1

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I think we need to start spreading the (apparently true) line that Marriott hotels’ corporate philosophy is that if you can’t afford to stay at a Marriott property, you are not worthy of life itself.

    • Nockular cavity

      “Marriot Hotels: Stay with us or die!”

  • CripesAmighty

    Come Revolution Day, we’re gonna have to rent the Great Wall of China.

    • HooverVilles

      Now that’s funny! LIKE!

  • Marceline

    This planet is filled with some truly awful people.

  • SayItWithWookies

    If ever there was a situation calling for ignoring a direct order, that was it. “Sorry, you’re going to have to repeat that, sir — the radio reception here is terrible. Tell you what, we have to leave port by nightfall, so we’ll just contact you when we’re asail again and you can repeat that directive where we’ll be able to hear it. Talk to you in an hour.”

  • Canned Covfefe

    Phew! Good to see you Doc. Hope you’re feeling better.

    • doktorzoom

      ‘Twas only a flesh wound.

      • CripesAmighty

        Get bit by Vlad the Impala? Good to see you kickin’.

      • Canned Covfefe

        Have you had your rabies shots?

      • Kiri the Unicorn

        A flesh wound? Your arm’s off!

  • anon_the_great

    There’s a plot worthy of a John Huston film. Oh wait…

  • SomeBigRedDog

    Whoever invented the word “liability” in its modern context should be the first one against the wall.

  • WIDTAP

    Ok, I have no respect for Marriott, but I am a little ambivalent about Mr Howard as well.

    “‘We just felt hopelessness,’ said Cody Howard, a professional storm chaser who had been contracted to shoot weather footage on the island. His exit strategy evaporated when the island’s airport closed.”

    So, as a professional storm chaser, his exit strategy was to fly out of a hurricane on a commercial airline? He put himself in harms way and then is upset that Marriott didn’t give him a feee ride out? How about being upset that they didn’t take any of the locals with them?

    • anon_the_great

      Professional storm chaser is media speak for a moron DudeBrah

    • BadKitty904

      Valid point. Anyone who’s ever been near a hurricane knows that airports are among the first things to shut down – for very obvious reasons.

    • doktorzoom

      My impression was that he was P.O.’d on behalf of the others… but yeah, could also be Concern Troll Chaser….

      • jesterpunk

        Welcome back Dok, hope your feeling better.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Dok is risen! It’s a mirkle!

        • mailman27

          The tomb is empty!!

    • TundraGrifter

      WIDTAP: I think you misread the article. While I agree that “professional storm chaser” is odd on several levels, I suggest Mr. Howard’s feeling of helplessness was towards the others who couldn’t take care of themselves.

      • mailman27

        He did actually say the he and his colleague were gonna be OK, but he was worried about the elderly, etc.

  • Chyron HR

    Marriott executives assured the press that the “B” ark would be arriving to pick up the other refugees any day now.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I see two possible career paths for the guy who made that decision: night manager at the East St. Louis Marriott, or another failing-upwards with a hefty hike in salary and a benefits package that includes his own Learjet. This makes me want to bang my head on the table in frustration, because I’m pretty sure it’s more likely to be thing the second than thing the first.

  • BadKitty904

    Say, how many hurricane refugees were sheltered at Mar-a-Lardo?

    That’s what I thought…

    • HooverVilles

      None of them, Katy.

  • CripesAmighty

    OT–Dave Brat is snidely flapping his free-market fairy rubber lips. Finding someone even more loathsome than Eric Cantor was a tall order indeed, but the Tennessee trolls rose to the challenge.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Tennessee? Cantor and Brat are both Virginians, I’m sorry to say. I wouldn’t have corrected your assumption, but Tennessee’s got enough problems without hanging those millstones around its neck.

      • CripesAmighty

        Oops. That’s what happens when you type from (failing) memory. Apologies to Tenneseeans and Virginny, this steaming pile is all yours.

        • Miss Dill

          But thanks for the very accurate description of Brat, who I’m sorry to say is currently *my congresscritter.* I am still pissed at Cantor for letting that happen, not that he was any great prize. Ugh.

  • arglebargle

    If they wanted corporate help they should have flown Delta.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I don’t know about “dock security”, but I could definitely believe some penny-ante bureaucrat from DHS would be behind something like this.

  • btwbfdimho

    In the future, frequent Asian travelers would be able to link their Marriott reservations with their United Airlines itineraries.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Prayer Warrior Breaks Wind…film at 11.

  • TundraGrifter

    It’s flat out corporate BS to claim the “port authorities” wouldn’t let passengers on board a private vessel up to its licensed capacity. The ship was traveling from one US possession to another. No visa, no passport, no ticket required.

    As for “liability,” this is corporate double-speak for “I’m a dumbfuck.” I am not an attorney, but I’m very sure there is Good Samaritan protections in such cases. Now, when the people who were not Marriott guests get off on the other end they would be on their own, and that should be made clear before the ship leaves the dock, but other than that – Whiskey Tango Foxtwat?

    • jesterpunk

      They could have said “Hey we know you folks dont have any place to go, would you like to stay at our hotel until you can figure things out.” and given everyone a discount. They would still make some money and wouldn’t have empty rooms and get some good press out of it.

      • TundraGrifter

        It’s a good life rule to never be a member of the Bean Family – Shoulda, Coulda or Woulda Bean.

  • jesterpunk

    But that cant be true, rethuglicans said government is bad and the free market will always do the right thing.

    • Crank Tango

      Invisible Hand™ libel!

  • natoslug

    This is only the second-worst thing about Marriott, at best, paling in comparison to the mediocrity of their in-room porn selections.

    • NellCote71

      Ted Cruz libelz!

    • Mehmeisterjr

      To be fair to Marriott, their liability coverage only extends to registered passengers on Bruce Venture’s dick.

  • btwbfdimho

    If they have no Marriott reservations, let them wait for Abramovich to finish fueling his yatch.
    https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan/status/907317844890849280

  • Raan

    So, have you ever seen the episode of American Dad! where Stan tracks down Francine’s birth parents? At the end, a long-burning firework goes off and sets the house on fire, and Stan gets trapped under a burning wooden beam. He asks for help from his biological in-laws and Francine’s dad calls his lawyer about his liability if he helps, and then doesn’t help.

    Congratulations, Marriott. You have lowered yourself to the level of someone used to make jerkass Stan Smith sympathetic to the audience.

    • MrTusks

      Yup, from a liability standpoint you’re better off not helping than helping and risking making it worse. America!

  • TundraGrifter

    Even the Titanic let the poors aboard. Steerage, of course, but they can’t have everything.

    • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist

      But the lifeboats were strictly first class.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Fuck Marriott Kill

  • Viktor

    It’s like access to the cool nightclub. You’re not on the list, sorry

  • x111e7thst

    They could have. but that day is over and you can’t put your arm around a memory.

    • covfefesumgame0005

      do you say the same thing to girls who have been raped?

      • x111e7thst

        They could (in the past) have been heros (Doc) but that moment is over and their chance is gone – you can’t put your arm around a memory (x111e7thst). I was responding to Doc’s David Bowie quote with a J Thunders quote. I’m not sure what this has to do with girls being raped?

        • covfefesumgame0005

          how about if you are robbed? after all you can’t put your arm around a memory of your stuff, or in the case of a raped girl her virginity…

    • Sorry, but I don’t speak JiveAss®

      • x111e7thst

        A reference to a Johnny Thunders song in response to Doc’s reference to a David Bowie song

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Marriott people know how … to leave you stranded on the dock in a hurricane.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    They. Had. Seats. On. Board.

    Fuck you, Marriott.

  • OddMan

    This comment on the WaPo says it best.

    ” A signature of Release of Liability (every ship has an office concierge) by all of these 35 passengers, was all they would of needed. And an update to their Manifest… which is allowed.
    Lastly the The Hague-Visby Rules – releases all ships from any liability when attempting to save lives. See The Hague Rules as Amended by the Brussels Protocol 1968″

    • Mehmeisterjr

      You can ‘t expect a company that owns ships to understand, let alone follow, maritime law.

      • Regret

        Uhm.
        Oh wait, snark.
        I’m too angry to think straight.

        • JohnnieWHurwitz

          Boost your earnings on Google & make $99/hour by working from a home computer.
          on friday I bought a gorgeous Chrysler when I got my check for $9277 this munth. it’s actualy the most comfortable job Ive ever had . I actually started seven months/ago and almost straight away got over $99, per/hr . check
          !si294d:
          ➽➽
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleOnlineAdvisorBestJobs4u/earn/hourly ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!si374l..,….

  • Jeffery Campbell

    Corporations are people, my friends. Evil, fucking, bastard, people.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      So THAT’S why Republicans like them!

      • SDGeoff3

        Their spawn.

    • Bitter Scribe

      CORPORATION, n. A ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

      –Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Love A. Bierce!! Thanks for the reminder.

  • redarmyzombie

    Whelp. At least I know where I *won’t* be staying on my next vacation…

  • Ricky Gay

    Steady at the wheel, calmly steering all to safely, was the invisible hand of the free market. Captain Stubing, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo…

  • SDGeoff3

    Too bad I never stay at a Marriott. I write excellent nastygrams. But I wonder how Fox will treat this?

    • Reddishrabbit

      Hero captain and hero capitalist thrawt by tyrannical government!

      • SDGeoff3

        There it is! ; )

  • TundraGrifter

    A real captain would have let everyone on board who wanted to leave – period. Screw the corporate suits and their fancy pantz lawyers and “liability” and all the rest.

    During World War II, a German submarine sank a passenger vessel off the coast of South America and took on board all the survivors. Those it couldn’t hold it towed in lifeboats. The captain was ordered by the German naval command to not risk his vessel and to put all the people into the boats and let them loose. The submarine was so packed with civilians it couldn’t have defended itself from an attack.

    The captain refused to do it.

    The captain of this ship can die knowing a German U-Boat commander followed the ancient tradition of the sea – but he didn’t.

  • “Wind and floods
    Exciting and new!
    Climb aboard!
    Uh, .excepting YOU!”*

    *to the tune of THE LOVE BOAT theme

  • Me not sure

    The Marriott family have been big time contributors to conservative causes for decades, so I’m not at all surprised by this lack of empathy for suffering human beings. If you travel, stay at hotels other that those owned by these people.

    • Edith Prickly

      “Sucks to be you, moochers!”

    • Yellerduck

      They also are, or were at one time, the largest purveyors of porn in the United States, if not the world.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Ted Cruz’s people.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Doesn’t Mittens have some sort of relationship with Marriot? This would explain the crass abandonment of people at the dock, sort of like Seamus riding on the roof.

  • FlownΩver

    Marriott once made Donald Nixon a VP. Need we know more?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Brother of Tricky Dick?

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Not only brother but even slimier brother, at that.

  • The coming uprising will not be a pretty thing.

  • Bright Bart
  • icekat

    If you wrote this scene into a movie, everybody would be all, “oh, come on! They wouldn’t just leave people! That’s ridiculous!”

  • …and Florida’s death toll is already climbing due to the extreme conditions – and it’s only been what? Two/three days?

  • Covfefe

    WWDD

    (What Would Donald Do?)

  • chicken thief

    “Hey, would you mind tossing these bags of garbage in the trash on your way off the pier?”

    ~ Marriott ship caption to 36 people stranded on the dock

    • TundraGrifter

      That’s very, very funny!

      • chicken thief

        Now I’m blushing…

  • Mehmeisterjr

    The last time I stayed at a Marriott (and it will be the last time, so help me) there was a Book of Mormon in every room.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Yeah, well, Gideon Bibles are so yesterday.

    • Yellerduck

      I heard the soundtrack is awesome!

  • TundraGrifter

    Have you seen “Dunkirk?” The movie about the plucky English boat owners sailing across the Channel to rescue their soldiers? I thought a particularly touching seen was when that captain helped the wounded guys onto his boat and then said “Welcome aboard mate! Now, if you’ll please just sign these forms…”

    • Beanz&Berryz

      If they were American rescuers, they would have gotten the form signed before anyone came aboard…

      • TundraGrifter

        “What? You don’t have a blue ink pen? Go to the back of the line! NOW!

  • chicken thief

    “Who’s your family carpenter? Joseph? Ok, then…..”

    Jesus to Lazarus before raising him from the dead

    • Yellerduck

      I will take the opportunity here to recommend a book: “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Jesus’ Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore. Lazarus’ story is very funny.

      • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

        Seconded. I have the “bible” bound addition. It would make a great addition to any non-theist book shelf to fool christianist family members.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        I just reserved it at the library. How could I not with a title like that.

  • TundraGrifter

    Although this article is pretty depressing, the WaPO comments on it posted by the arrogant fucks who think this will never happen to them are almost as sad.

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    “people running the ship had contacted Marriott higher-ups about whether to evacuate the people who hadn’t had the good taste to stay at Marriott”

    Sometimes, if you don’t want to hear the answer, you don’t ask the question.

    • TundraGrifter

      Agreed! They should have just let the folks on board (detailed) below and if they caught any crap about it just said “Why would we ask? Of course we were going to help everybody we could. We’re human beings.”

      And then call over the reporters hanging around the port in PR and ask them “Hey – You want a good story?”

    • chicken thief

      Better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

      • Bad Tom

        — Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

        • chicken thief

          Thanks! I should have known someone famous said that and that the famous person was in the military – where I heard it frequently.

  • chicken thief

    Hilton would have left the people stranded as well. However, if there were any of them tiny dogs like Paris carries in her purse they would have allowed them on the boat.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Hey, don’t knock those little dogs. They can be used to wipe up spills.

      • Miss Dill

        Chihuahua libelz!

      • Yellerduck

        And as an emergency chicken.

        • Bitter Scribe

          Just don’t eat the eggs.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Whatever happened to women and children first? Hell, they even enforced that on the Titanic.

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    The stranded people are the same who complained they couldn’t participate as Survivor contestants. Make up your minds.

    • Bitter Scribe

      I might actually watch “Survivor: Hurricane.”

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Just for the footwear.

  • Panika MCD

    Related Topic: Immigrant McImmigrantHero

    A Vietnamese immigrant and billionaire has donated $5 million to help Houston recover from Tropical Storm Harvey.

    Kieu Hoang, the founder of California-based Rare Antibody Antigen Supply, announced the donation at a Monday news conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Immigrant-business-leader-pledges-5M-in-Harvey-12188775.php

    for those of you who don’t know, Houston has a large Vietnamese community–so large in fact that they have their very own state rep, Albert Vo, who is also too a Vietnamese immigrant. the $5M will go to help those most in need of new housing. in addition to the $9M Mayor Sly has identified for 1,200 persons, TDHCA has identified an additional $11.5M in funds for two years which is for 1,000 families (sounds like less, but they’re required to house people in their program for 2 years in full and families usually have more than one person so it’s really more). the $7.8B in HUD funds may take a while to get because: that’s just the way it goes. GLO has identified a few million for assistance, but it has to go to areas affected by events those CDBG grants were given for and have to be able to make a clear tie to those previous disasters.

    • Bitter Scribe

      How nostalgic. Back in the old days, after thoroughly fucking over a country, we would at least let its survivors come here. Now we don’t care if you risked your life helping the U.S. Army; keep your Muslim ass where it belongs.

      • Panika MCD

        …which is why he called for them to drop their stupid anti-immigrant bullshit at the press conference…it’s in the story…

    • JustDon’tSayDignity

      Those Vietnamese Houstonians were at every place I worked in the years I lived there. They are part of the backbone of that area.
      Funniest thing to me was the Razoo’s just off 249 that was almost entirely staffed by Vietnamese, mostly children of the original refugees. I just dug the idea of SE Asian folks serving Cajun food – and it was pretty good, too.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      The HUD funds will take a while to get there because the Director of HUD is personally going to deliver it, travelling on foot from Washington to Houston, with the requisite stops for napping.

      • Panika MCD

        it took 5 months when Julian was directing HUD. I am entirely unoptimistic.

  • Panika MCD
    • Beanz&Berryz

      Crab cakes!

      • kareemachan

        Evidently, they aren’t edible…. except to other crabs.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Even with tarter sauce!? Damn.

    • Bitter Scribe

      I like to eat crab as much as the next guy, but that is seriously creeping me out.

      • TimResistit

        I don’t eat Sea Insect, and this does give me the squimmies.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          I always wondered about the first person to pick up a lobster, give it a good, hard look, and announce, “I bet this would be good eatin’.”

    • WIDTAP

      Damn Florida, Irma gave you a serious case of crabs?!?

    • MamaBrown

      I love this more than my life

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      Obviously, these crabs want to go back home. So who calls Uber?

      • Panika MCD

        fuck Uber.

    • stubbornirishlass

      Snopes disputes this, much to my relief: http://www.snopes.com/did-crabs-swarm-florida-irma/

      • Panika MCD

        good. they’re still mesmerizing.

  • William
    • JustDon’tSayDignity

      Adding So Fat NJ.Gov was a nice touch.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    I hope Marriott takes a hard financial hit for this. I know I am one less customer.

    • Erala Contratista

      Yo tambien.

    • Smibo

      As am I. Further, once the “Muck Farriott” seed is planted, it will take an enormous PR effort to undo the damage, and some of it will become part of their public DNA no matter what they do to try to mitigate it later. The corporate lackeys who made that call are not just immoral bastards, they are penny-wise, pound-foolish, stupid immoral bastards.

      Muck Farriott.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Do these people major in “passing the buck” in business school, or does it just come naturally to them?

  • quantum mechanic

    The only relevant fact you need to know about the people who run Marriott is they are good god fearing Mormons.

    • Hardly Ideal

      Someone up there might like them, but a lot of people down here don’t.

    • javadavis

      Are they really. It figures. I personally know some Mormons who seem to be very civil and essentially good people, but there seem to be some with the attitude ‘we’re better than you, you godless heathens who are not really fully human’. This is an attitude implied by reports that Mormon higher ups have instructed their sheep that they are allowed to lie to and otherwise mistreat non-Mormons as they are not member of the club. It sounds pretty similar to other groups I can think of, but marks the Mormons as yet another group I would not want to be a member of. And not just for the Groucho reasons.

  • calliecallie

    WTF is wrong with you, Marriott? Maybe you need a better mission statement. Or some leadership with a heart. Or common sense. Or a soul. Or some employees brave enough to brake the rules in an emergency. Jeebus!

    • JustDon’tSayDignity

      That’s a good point. Maybe you don’t ask higher-ups for permission if you’re the skipper of a ferry in this situation. Maybe you make the call on the spot and tell Marriott what great people they are later.

  • Zyxomma

    I’d better not comment; the banhammer awaits me if I do.

    • Regret

      Yeah, same here.
      It would start with “I wish” followed by something about a seagoing vessel and the ‘sinking feeling’ I hope that vessel gets. During the evening’s karaoke I hope the captain climbs on stage and gets ‘cold feet’, soon followed by the realization that he is too ‘wet behind the ears’ for this. I want to hear about ‘lawyers’ circling the boat as if they taste blood in the water.
      You know the kind of ‘lawyers’ I’m talking about, they are a mayor plot element in the ‘Lawyer’nado movies.

      All this on their next trip of course, after they let their current passengers off. When only crew and all the corporate big wigs are on the boat.

  • Bad Tom

    Marriott didn’t want the liability.
    Well, now they’ve got the fucking blowback

    • JustDon’tSayDignity

      Sort of a reverse Barbara Streisand effect.

  • WIDTAP
  • Kooolest G

    at least Marriott is doing jesus a solid by not letting people who stay at their hotels watch dirty movies. I’m sure St. Peter will take that into account at the pearly gates

  • OneYieldRegular

    As a courtesy to those left behind, Marriott will be providing them free coffee and mini-muffins tomorrow during the precise window of time that the eye of the hurricane passed the island.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Welcome back Dok, hope you’re feeling better.

  • Daniel Hooper

    As much as I wish I could say I’m surprised by this, but a decade of working retail has more than jaded me to poor corporate PR choices. However, I do have to wonder who’s actually more responsible for the final decision to leave those people; Marriot or the ferry company they hired. Ultimately Marriot should’ve stepped up and told the ferry to take everyone anyway, but shouldn’t the ferry company have been asked first?
    Also, I understand that it’s a hell of a decision for an employee on the ground to make without corporate backup, but nobody who was there could’ve said, “fuck corporate; people are going to die?” and took them anyway?

    • HazooToo

      The operator of the ferry that night had the final say. He could have let everyone board and told his bosses “I just saved your asses from a media firestorm.” Instead, he said “Corporate says no, so good luck, I guess! Bye!”

  • Axomamma

    I don’t understand how liability is different between “registered guests” and “non-registered guests.” If you stay in a Marriott hotel do you waive your right to sue if you have an accident on the high seas?

    • handyhippie65

      i was wondering that same thing.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      honestly, probably. There’s probably a required arbitration clause in their booking papers.

      • Smibo

        Wait; wouldn’t that mean that Marriott’s potential liability to the turned-away non-registereds (who are under no such arbitration clause) is virtually unlimited? If any one of those 35 people stuck on St. Thomas got so much as a hangnail after being turned away, they could take a case against Marriott all the way to trial, right?

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          I’m not a lawyer only a paralegal student at community college, but I would say no.

          From what I know (and it’s early for me), they don’t owe anything to the other 35. They’re not clients, guests, invitees onto the boat, etc etc etc. They WOULD be liable f they invited them on the boat, cause know they are invitees/passengers/guests etc.

          Also, and what I think your getting at, is in this country people are not required to help each other (mostly, there’s caveats of course).

  • bubbuhh

    Marriott looks like a bunch of schmucks cuz Marriott management iz a bunch of schmucks who habitually order schmuckish things done. Then they lie about what they do if questioned. They iz Korporate Kulture Schmucks. Could be worse tho. Could be Hilton.

Previous articleWhich Trump Staffer Said This Pervy Shit To MSNBC’s Katy Tur? Oh, Probably ALL OF THEM KATY
Next articleAll The Cool Dems Deciding They LOVE Single Payer, HATE Medical Bankruptcy