High temperatures will bring out the worst in all of us, medical experts say. Apparently, that happens in more ways than one.
It has been scientifically proven that excessive heat can and often does lead to anger. Emotions and tempers are on edge, with even the smallest, least significant event setting them off.
Here’s an “event” that caused me to boil, and it isn’t such a little one.
A large grassfire Tuesday on the southeast side of Oklahoma City burned a chunk of property and forced firefighters and residents out into the 107-degree (or higher) heat. With the recent lack of rainfall and with water a hot commodity, the fear was that the blaze would spread quickly through parched land and neighborhoods.
After a lengthy battle, firefighters were able to knock down the blaze. But then the story emerged of a man trying to take advantage of the situation and preying upon victims in the area.
The man, posing as an American Red Cross volunteer, offered the water to those on the fire scene and surrounding area … for $7 a bottle.
Luckily, the word on this man spread like wildfire. His discription was circulated quickly: an older white male with a white beard, in a dark-colored pickup. He also was wearing sunglasses and tan-colored pants.
And get this. He also wore a T-shirt with “Give Blood” on it.
Rusty Surrette from the Red Cross sent out an alert to news media, asking that anyone who sees this man should call his organization at 202-0010 with details, including an updated description. As Surrette noted, “Red Cross disaster assistance is always free … ”
Here’s an example of someone trying to take advantage of a disadvantage to serve his own needs or wants. What some people won’t do to try to turn a buck, even if it’s misrepresentation to the max.
If you can help identify this person, please do. And go to http://knowit.newsok.com/charity-oklahoma to see how you can help those in need … legitimately.