Florida Man Buys 100 Generators For People In Bahamas
We're used to seeing the 'Florida Man' linked to all sorts of weird, wonderful and often illegal activities, but one has hit the headlines for all the right reasons this week.
A man from the southeastern US state has gone and bought 100 generators for people affected by Hurricane Dorian, the category 5 storm that has affected the Bahamas and surrounding areas.
As reported by CNN, the man's receipt from his trip to a Costco in Jacksonville came to $49,285.70. Most of it came from paying for 100 generators at a cost of $450 each, and then he got other essentials including peas, beans, coffee, salt and pepper.
Speaking to the news outlet, the unnamed man said: "About 100 generators and a truck load of food and chainsaws are all going over by boat on Thursday to Marsh Harbour in The Bahamas. It's terrible and I'm sure you've seen the photos."
The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, is a farmer from the area. He said he doesn't want the attention and would rather that people focus on helping those affected by Hurricane Dorian.
"It's important that we help each other out. It's better than just sitting there," he continued. "You see a need and you fill it."
The man's good deed was spotted by a fellow Costco shopper, who was also buying his own generator and later posted the remarkable story to Facebook.
The shopper, named Alec Sprague, overheard someone in the store talking about what the farmer had just done.
Alec said: "I had to go up there to him and say, 'Thank you for doing this.' I am so glad to see someone doing this."
According to CNN, the food and generators will be transported by one of the anonymous man's friends, Errol Thurston.
Thurston, a native to the Bahamas, is a boat captain who runs a guide service in Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands. The pair have been pals since the early 2000s.
Thurston told CNN: "We are trying to book a slot on a container ship that regularly services the Abacos and Grand Bahama.
"The guys are doing everything in their power to get us in a slot there. They know the desperation the people really need these items.
"We have a lot of guys with planes to take it over. There are hundreds of local captains with boats who are ready on standby to take the generators and chainsaws by boat."
Hurricane Dorian swept through the area last week, bringing 'extreme destruction' to the islands.
As well as devastating the region and destroying around 13,000 homes, local authorities have now said they have received a number of reports of fatalities.
The country's Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis, told press that some areas had been 'decimated', as the BBC reported the death toll to have risen to at least 20. He added that the effects of the storm represented 'one of the greatest national crises in our country's history'.
Featured Image Credit: Credit: Facebook/Alec Sprague