QUESTION: I went to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley to donate blood Wednesday to replenish supplies drained by the tragedy in New York City. PMH employees were cutting in line. There were two-hour waits. I think that's terrible. We're all busy! — Good Citizen, Brawley
People were pushing and shoving and cutting in line at the blood drive? And people said Americans don't have the patriotic spirit anymore.
Clyde Carson, Pioneers patient representative, said your complaint was based on a misunderstanding. The public drive was set for 1 to 7 p.m. However, the blood drive started drawing blood from Pioneers employees at 11 a.m. to take advantage of their lunch hours.
Some people came in off the street early to donate.
"I'm sorry one donor was unhappy," Carson said.
But not really sorry.
"We're going to draw more blood Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and I hope the waits are just as long, and we have even more pushing and shoving and cutting in line," Carson said.