Wed. Jul 14, 2004
Call Off Da Dawgs
Ugly Update: (8/2/04) The Happy Ending below was a false ending. 19 days later, I’ve found the promise of a FedEx was broken. 19 days later, Operation Give still doesn’t have its money from Atlas Lines. More Here. (Later: An update from August 5: The Check’s In, and It Bounces!)
I’ve just gotten back from my trip to Atlas Line, to investigate the problem with Operation Give. Some people have been saying this may be blown out of proportion, or a part of regular business. Others have wondered why the entry about it doesn’t appear in Chief Wiggles home page (it seems he’s getting a big plug from NBC, and didn’t want the controvery up front and center).
I can’t give you all the details I learned this afternoon, but let me assure you, this was not “regular business.” Yes, there was a hold placed on the check by the bank due to the large amount, but it was admitted to me this did not fully account for the delay. This was not an overreaction on the part of anyone associated with Operation Give. And it’s my opinion that the pressure brought to bear over the past 24 hours is the only way this would have been quickly resolved.
The bottom line: a check has been cut, and is being overnighted to Kuwait. A copy of the check and the overnight receipt have been faxed, which is usually enough to secure a release. So, hopefully, Operation Give is back on track.
I won’t pretend it was my trip down there that did the trick. They’d already gotten lots of phone calls and e-mails, and a few media inquiries. Last time I checked, about 40 sites had written about this. But I figured it couldn’t hurt to let them know someone local was physically on the case. By the time I arrived, it had already become clear to them that they needed to make this go away, fast, and the wheels were in motion. However, when I show up in a suit (with the ACLU Lawyer Ponytail accessory), I can look pretty scary. That’s why I do it so rarely.
And when I left, I made sure it was on good terms, with contact info exchanged. In case we need to meet again. But I have a feeling … that’s a wrap! So call off the dawgs, they wuz lookin’ pretty beat down at Atlas…