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2001 At-Risk Survivor

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Hunger vs. Fear
2001 At-Risk Survivors
Confirmed True by Darwin

(8 January 2001, Florida) Greed knows no bounds, even when the situation is life threatening. In an Orlando restaurant a fire spread when a rusty metal chimney ignited the old dry wood surrounding it. Flames shot from the roof and the dining area began to fill with smoke. Patrons rushing to the exits to flee the burning restaurant... at least, most of them did. But one greedy patron rushed to the buffet to fill his plate with food so he could eat outside, and another was seen stealing tips from the tables in the smoke-filled room. A third patron asked fire officials if the restaurant would reopen later in the day so she could have her pudding.

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Submitted by: Goemon
Reference: Orlando Sentinal

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