Times-Picayune ^ | Sep 12, 2008 | Jaquetta White
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 1:52:08 AM by fightinJAG
Mary Jane Bernard arrived at the Best Western French Quarter Hotel on Rampart Street on Friday morning with what she thought was a simple request.
"When we got there, we asked for the Ray Nagin special, " said Bernard, a Baytown, Texas, resident who was evacuating in advance of Hurricane Ike with her sister. What she got, though, was a perplexed front desk worker and the opportunity to star in a scene replayed at least a few times Friday.
In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Mayor Ray Nagin had encouraged Texas evacuees to book hotel rooms in New Orleans by requesting the "Mayor Ray Nagin special rate."
The offer was designed, the mayor said, "to say to our friends in Houston and Texas that we want to take care of you, since you have taken care of us, " according to a transcript of his remarks. Thousands of New Orleanians evacuated to Texas shelters and hotels because of Hurricane Katrina.
Trouble is, as Bernard found out, the special rate doesn't exist.
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In: Arts and Entertainment
Tags: ray nagan, nagan special, hurricane ike, ingratitude
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (load item map)
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