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September 11, 2001 11:25 AM   Subscribe

What makes people feel the need to capitalize on this? Tragedy brings the best and worst out in people.
posted by da5id (22 comments total)

 
Hi-Res Pics from a park:

Pictures
posted by da5id at 11:45 AM on September 11, 2001


people who try to make money off this tragedy are inhuman scumbags.
posted by bwg at 12:04 PM on September 11, 2001


Sorry, but the link has already been taken down by Ebay...

It was a picture of the World Trade Centers titled: "Pictures of the World Trade Center Towers, Pre-Explosion"

Starting Bid was $100
posted by da5id at 12:15 PM on September 11, 2001


A couple of hours ago I received this email from Nicholas Longo, the CEO of CoffeeCup Software, which make a popular HTML editor. He wrote, in part: "We would like to also say on record that if any country is found responsible for these attacks, we call for that country's complete destruction and annihilation."
posted by tranquileye at 12:32 PM on September 11, 2001


Is Nick cool with you posting a personal email from him on Metafilter? Not that it's any of my business.
posted by Karl at 12:35 PM on September 11, 2001


Someone on a listserv I'm on reported that Avis doubled the price for a rental car after air traffic was grounded. Fuckers.
posted by scottandrew at 12:38 PM on September 11, 2001


I got the same email to two different accounts, I don't remember every downloading their product or giving their email. I did find the note to be a pretty stupid idea, but he was probably just as shocked and confused as everyone else.
posted by cell divide at 12:38 PM on September 11, 2001


Karl, it's from a product info mailing list, and is 100% public communication, "on record." (You should see the shit I am getting private from the hacker kids right now...)
posted by tranquileye at 12:47 PM on September 11, 2001


I don't know if this is the eBay auction you mention above, but earlier someone claimed to be auctioning a WTC subway sign. That has also been taken down.
posted by Grangousier at 1:17 PM on September 11, 2001


gas prices in michigan leaped 30 cents per gallon with the attacks thismorning. fucking greed-ridden cocksuckers are worse than terrorists...
posted by quonsar at 1:26 PM on September 11, 2001


Then, of course, there's still X10...
posted by mrbula at 1:31 PM on September 11, 2001


... As if terrorists are going to tremble at the wrath of the CEO of CoffeeCup Software. Yeesh.
posted by MegoSteve at 2:13 PM on September 11, 2001


I here gas prices here in Indianapolis are going up... way up. $1.70 this morning, now around $4.00/gallon. Hmmm...
posted by internal at 2:21 PM on September 11, 2001


"$1.70 this morning, now around $4.00/gallon. Hmmm..."

You are shitting us! That is inane!... um, insane.

I would like to see confirmation on the Avis statement above, if it is real, I say we rain down on them with a hailstorm of email condemming them.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 3:05 PM on September 11, 2001


Kansas City, Missouri is reporting $5/gallon for gas...gasoline is over $4/gallon in Louisville, KY. Rumors of $5/gallon gas in Detroit. Via Drudge.
posted by Johannahh at 3:34 PM on September 11, 2001


Wow

I'm glad I gassed up last night...
posted by delmoi at 3:57 PM on September 11, 2001


I'm in Kansas City, I haven't seen $5 gas, it is up to $3 now though. The lines are as long as I've ever seen them.
posted by geoff. at 4:00 PM on September 11, 2001


Buy it now for 40k.

I keep waffling between tearful joy at our nation pulling together, and tearful woe at the shitbags who would try to make a buck off of this today.
posted by glenwood at 8:10 PM on September 11, 2001


Note eBay's censorship.
posted by j.edwards at 12:28 AM on September 12, 2001


Note eBay's censorship.
posted by j.edwards at 12:29 AM on September 12, 2001


....reported that Avis doubled the price for a rental car after air traffic was grounded...

which is weird cos they are on that roster of tenants in the WTC itself. What were they thinking?
posted by kev23f at 9:05 AM on September 12, 2001


(This is posted elsewhere on the site as well)

Regading AVIS, I sent a message to one of those listed on their site for press queries, regarding price gouging:

Q: There are rumors that Avis increased its rental rates (by 100% or more) as soon as the NYC tragedy took place on 11-September. Is this true?

Here is the response from Mr. Fuller at Avis:

"At 9 a.m. yesterday Avis froze its prices at all U.S. locations and waived drop-off fees for one way rentals to help peple who needed to drive one-way to a destination because airports were closed."

If this was the case, it was a nice reaction from the company, so unless someone has specific information to the contrary, we shouldn't slam them...
posted by troybob at 9:54 AM on September 12, 2001


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