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A journalist tried to narc on some looters during Harvey—and Twitter did not appreciate it
Don’t ever do a take this bad.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall four days ago, but the bad tweets are just starting to really roll in. While there have been some tremendously terrible takes on the cataclysmic storm—who has takes on a storm to even begin with?—it would be hard to top the actions today of ABC chief national correspondent Tom Llamas.
Here was his (since deleted) tweet, as well as the preceding one.
#Breaking We're witnessing looting right now at a large supermarket in the NE part of Houston & police have just discovered a body nearby
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) August 29, 2017
People did not like what they perceived as a reporter narcing on people stealing food in the middle of the worst national disaster the nation has seen in at least a decade.
Fucking Tim Alpaca over here looking the most smug in his avatar https://t.co/hv1C0LKSLN
— Deep Fried Ass (@animatedGeoff) August 29, 2017
wow what a fucking snitch. A+ work, hope you sleep well in your nice off-site hotel tonight while families starve. https://t.co/9Tqpdx2rb2
— Chloi (@_chloi) August 29, 2017
Snitch ass bitxh https://t.co/3cwKU5C5FC
— naughty_by_nurture (@dickbutt_247) August 29, 2017
— Ann Bibby (@anniegirl1138) August 29, 2017
"People trying to get food after experiencing a catastrophic hurricane?! NOT ON MY WATCH!" https://t.co/wDXXVJ8SiN
— lloyd.txt (@hvnlydaze) August 29, 2017
Snitching on people trying to survive https://t.co/51On9rb6ys
— ＷＥ ＣＯＮＴＲＯＬ ＴＨＥ ＨＯＲＩＺＯＮ (@doritoeubanks) August 29, 2017
Some thought he was even hampering relief efforts by directing police to petty larceny while others were possibly in need of rescuing.
— Capt'n Arrr (@captnarrr) August 29, 2017
People also noted that any food left in a grocery store would likely have spoiled—or been unsellable by the time any store reopened—and would be much better served feeding people instead of going to waste.
Better that food be destroyed than people who need it use it *shudder* without paying for it! https://t.co/VqExxEFW1O
— Drunken Librarian (@sonofether) August 29, 2017
— ҲƲƝƊƲƦƛ ™ (@Xundura) August 29, 2017
There was also another weird moment where another journalist was… proud of him for doing it?
Journalists are cops pic.twitter.com/Q6ZAcoCktm
— TGB (@twitersgoodboy) August 29, 2017
Because, in the end, this is sort of what Llamas’ tweet was the equivalent of.
There's a massive fire in the office building next to mine. People who are evacuating are jaywalking. Just called the police to report it.
— Clue Heywood (@ClueHeywood) August 29, 2017
Llamas attempt to clear it up by … not helping?
Let me clear this up–we were w/police who had discovered a dead body & mentioned we saw ppl w/faces covered going into a supermarket nearby pic.twitter.com/bfM5WCCO1e
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) August 29, 2017
yeah, I think we all understood https://t.co/hyPop0c4iE
— Erin Brr, sir (@erinscafe) August 29, 2017
There was truly only one piece of correct advice.
I'd like to retract my advice that you stop tweeting forever: keep tweeting Tom. just fuckin… dig all the way in. https://t.co/4pItl3Ca7D
— DSA USCSS Nostromo (@dubsteppenwolf) August 29, 2017
Well, maybe don’t.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]