Thursday, March 01, 2007

Kicking a gift horse in the mouth

Remember the story about the Katrina family that was given a free home by a Memphis church congregation, then a few months later sold it and pocketed the cash, saying they were going to return home to New Orleans and start fresh?

Did they?

A Memphis TV reporter tried to track them down in the Big Easy, and his report will make you mad all over again!

Some people just aren't deserving of our compassion.


SingingSkies said...

Admittedly, their words and actions didn't match. And, while I don't believe I would have done what they did in accepting and then selling the house, I have a hard time saying they aren't deserving of our compassion.

Who's to say that they didn't head back to New Orleans and then determine that starting fresh there wouldn't work? We just don't know. We don't have the whole picture. Even if they were using the situation to their financial advantage, they still deserve compassion - perhaps compassion of a somewhat different nature, but compassion nonetheless.

Chancelucky said...

You know, as odd as it seems, my feelings are different if they pocketed the capital gain and went back to New Orleans to do whatever than if they took the entire proceeds from the sale.

I acutally could understand returning to New Orleans. I suppose the best form would have been to say "thanks so much" we want to go home now, please pass this beautiful home on to another deserving family....

It is also possible that they weren't entirely comfortable either in that church community or living under such a huge burden of obligation.

Ron Franscell said...

Yeah, I know. I saw a lot of people here in Southeast Texas who pulled themselves up without too much outside help, and some who still struggle with the physical and emotional wreckage. I think of them when I think of a family that was given a great gift and treated it casually, perhaps even with a little (lot of?) disingenuousness.

Chance raises some good alternatives. Let me add one more: Once they sold the house, they could have explained their situation, offered profuse thanks and even left a little of their profit in the collection plate, rather than simply rebuffing the flock with a brisque, "Take it up with God."

The more I learn about people, the more I like dogs.