New Orleans Selling Flooded Buses on Ebay

29 03 2006

I can’t believe New Orleans is selling the buses on ebay, that they refused to use for Katrina .

Starved for cash, the New Orleans school district is taking a long shot and hoping to sell its flooded, unsalvageable school buses on eBay.

Some submerged to their roofs in the black flood waters, the yellow school buses were widely photographed in the days after Hurricane Katrina and have become an icon of the city’s devastated school system.

School officials acknowledge the sale of the buses on the Internet auction site may puzzle some people used to more traditional school fundraisers like bake sales.

“There’s no shame in it. Not one bit,” said school board president Phyllis Landrieu. “This is a new mechanism for selling things. I think it’s very upbeat what we’re doing.”

Here is the ebay auction page for the first bus, pictured below:

It’s a real beaut! Auction ends Apr 9 and there are 24 bids already (I think one bidder may be Mayor Nagin).

NB: The bus is sold “as is.”

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