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Probe: September 13, 2001

September 13, 2001

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.

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With any luck, the lines will still be long Friday, when the bloodmobile sets up at 8 a.m. to draw blood until noon.

Donors traded a pint of blood for two liters of Pepsi-Cola.

"The Coke man turned it down," said Carson of the Pepsi gift.

"He came in wearing a shirt with Coke patches all over it. After he gave the blood, we offered him the Pepsi. We wanted to take his picture. I won't tell you what he said when he left," Carson said.

QUESTION: My mother loves to go to the Barbara Worth Golf Resort for dinner. She loves the food and she loves the atmosphere, but we won't be going anymore.

Mom is in a wheelchair and there's no way we can get a wheelchair in the ladies' room at the Barbara Worth. Don't they have to provide access to toilet facilities at a public place? — Unhappy Daughter, Holtville

Bill Adams, who owns the Barbara Worth, said the ladies' room off the main dining room was "grandfathered" in when handicapped access laws were passed.

However, there is a wheelchair-accessible facility in the ballroom. Next time you are at the Barbara Worth, ask any employee to show you the way, Adams said.

STROKING A KITTEN — The man who said there is "no use" for the small animals at the California Youth Authority center should find a new line of work. He doesn't have the sensitivity to work with young people.

I am a social worker who deals with young drug addicts and I can tell you close proximity to small animals may be just what those young people need.

Many come from homes where there was little love. They may not relate well to people but they can relate to a non-judgmental dog or cat. Stroking or caring for a kitten may be just what they need.

If petting a cat can lower the blood pressure of an elderly person, doesn't it stand to reason that it could ease the anxiety that turns a young person to drugs? — Social Worker, El Centro

There are some people who would agree with you.

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