Stranded bus riders go hungry for 24 hours
Passengers wait for buses at Atlanta's Greyhound terminal Tuesday morning.
January 11th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Stranded bus riders go hungry for 24 hours

The icy roads that have paralyzed much of the Southeast since Sunday left more than 100 passengers stranded without food for more than 24 hours at a Greyhound terminal in Atlanta, Georgia, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported.

The food crisis was alleviated when passengers took the initiative to call the Atlanta mayor's office and McDonald's corporate headquarters in Illinois, WSB-TV reported.

A McDonald's restaurant delivered food to the station early Tuesday morning, and the city jail provided sandwiches, bottled water and blankets that were delivered by police.

"The riders were orderly and grateful for receiving the food," police spokeswoman Kim Jones told the TV station.

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  1. J.R. Ewing

    I live in Atlanta and they had a stranded bus rider on the local news. The rider, an over-weight female, was crying and ranting about being "hongry" and that she had not eaten in over 24 hours. She also "axed" why the government had not stepped in to help them. From her size, she could go for a couple weeks without food. But I guess she was "hongry"

    January 12, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • lonely sheep


      January 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark L.

    McDonald's delivered? Cool.... "Two whole beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun..."....LOL...Actually, I'm a bigger fan of the other burger joint..,you know..."Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it your way...Have it your way @ Burger King..."...{:o)

    January 12, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      I'm a vegetarian, but if I were starving, I would eat McDs. It all depends on how hungry you are. Food is better than no food, even McDs. sanjosemike

      January 12, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. boomer17

    What is wrong with you people? IT WAS A STORM! NOTHING WAS OPEN – NO FAST FOOD, NO GROCERY STORES – NOTHING!!! Atlanta has been shutdown for 3 days now. The streets are impassable, we can't walk anywhere. EDUCATE YOURSELF – then post an intelligent comment. We have a state of emergency for a reason. Stop your knee-jerk stupidity and show some compassion, especially for the children and elderly.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      I'm quite a critical person. But I think you are on target. sanjosemike

      January 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • asilayfrying

      Exactly, Georgia Tech was holding a Physics collaboration meeting starting Monday. They were supposed to supply food but since the storm closed EVERYTHING, food was not provided. My boyfriend and his colleges are staying at a hotel downtown so Monday night and Tuesday night they had nothing to eat. They wandered the streets for about 2 hours. Grocery stores were closed, so were gas stations, bars, all food joints. They even asked the hotel if they had left over food from breakfast but the truck didn't make it there to deliver. So no meals. I guess it looked like a ghost town everywhere.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lizzy

    This story is a good reminder to travel prepared with food and things to drink–and maybe a travel pillow. I lived out west where stores and conveniences are so far apart, we always took along food and water even if we were driving ourselves– anything that would give us some security if we got stranded. I still keep up with that here in the east, just in case something happens I wasn't expecting. Everyone posting, stay safe and well.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. sanjosemike

    Some people have diabetes and need to keep their blood sugar within normal ranges. For some diabetics, fasting can be dangerous and slide them into an uncontrollable hypoglycemia. Most diabetics carry candy or some kind of food with them, but they might run out. Even some without diabetes, who have a metabolic disease need to eat every few hours. Not much, but they need that. Traveling is not necessarily supposed to be an exercise in survival. Mostly lower class people take busses, but they have a right to a decent travel experience.

    We travel a lot and always bring food with us. You just never know. sanjosemike

    January 12, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. lonely sheep

    Whaterevr the rest of you say, I'll go with the opposite.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      no you wont!

      January 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brickell Princess

    They just wanted a free handout! Check out that picture, in the back, there's a water fountain by the vending machines! Who are you beggars kidding!?!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I'm sure the contents of a bus terminal vending machine was enough to satisfy the hunger of 100 passengers for 24 hours.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    I can imagine I'd be a little stressed out if this happened to me...sitting in a cramped terminal with a bunch of people I don't know, not knowing how long it's going to be until you get some food. Trying to reach people without being able to get anywhere.....Although the story itself isn't really national news worthy, it just kind of points to how bad the storm condition is down there. I can empathize with the people. I've tried fasting before, it's no fun..especially if you don't want to fast and you're body isn't used to it.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. asilayfrying

    My boyfriend was staying in a hotel during the storm. He was in town for a physics collaboration meeting at Georgia Tech. They were hungry for 2 days haha – All the fast food places were closed. So were grocery stores, gas stations, bars ... The college was shut down so there was no food there like there was supposed to be for the meetings. Downtown was more like a ghost town. So to say that they could have/ should have walked somewhere doesn't make much sense ...

    January 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ohsnap

    I have gone without food for one day. That's no big deal EXCEPT if you are a kid OR a diabetic. A diabetic could go into insulin shock. There could have been people there with medical conditions which could have made a bearable situation unbearable and dangerous. A little less sarcasm and a little more thinking/empathy.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Susan B

    Thank you McDonalds! They're good corporate citizens and deserve credit.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Russell

    So when did bus lines offer food when traveling? How many people were done bodily harm because they didn't eat for a day? You whinners are fools and just looking to blame someone else for your lack of preparations. So they got free food and blankets handed to them. What was expected the bus company to feed people? Tke a train see if you get free food there.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
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