July 2, 2009

Queens Senior Center Receives a Ton of Pork...Literally

What was supposed to be a financial windfall for a small senior center in Queens has now become a giant headache for the staff and members. Last week, 4,000 lbs. of ground pork was delivered to the Sunnyvale Senior Center instead of the $4000 the center was supposed to receive as part of Councilman Leroy Comrie's discretionary funding allocation from the New York City Council.

In what is being chalked up to a clerical error, someone in Comrie's office changed the "$" sign to a "lb." sign, and now the seniors are sitting on a mountain of ground meat.

"I guess there was so much talk of "pork" during the funding process that a new staff member took it literally," said Janet Rucker, Sunnyvale's Director. "We've had to store it in refrigerators all over Queens. And not only aren't we getting out new rec room and treadmill, but I had to deal with some angry seniors and a truck load of meat."

While Comrie's office admitted to the mistake, a spokesperson said that they preferred to focus on the health benefits of the "other white meat." Though most of the errors have been corrected, a youth-service-group in St. Albans will have to make due with 2,750 hot dogs instead of new athletic equipment.

[This story is satire, and should not in any way be taken as fact]
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