US Bureau of Land Management demands $1 million in VIP accommodations including ice cream and flushable toilets at Burning Man
The organizers behind Burning Man have not taken well to the recent string of requests by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to provide a cushier experience for the full time staffers during the week-long festival. Included in their list of VIP accommodations were access to flushable toilets, washers and dryers, Chobani Greek Yogurt and a freezer containing Drumstick and Coco Taco ice cream.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid responded to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a letter stating that such demands are “outlandishly unnecessary facilities.”
He continued, “Part of Burning Man’s philosophy is self-reliance and living with the elements is part of the experience,” Reid wrote. “Flush toilets and laundry facilities can be found about 10 miles (16 km) away in Gerlach, Nevada, if BLM’s employees need such amenities.”
On the other hand, Gene Seidlitz, bureau district manager in Nevada, was not quick to argue but did feel that it was imperative to take into consideration the health and safety of bureau personnel: “It’s safe to say that if you were working 14 to 16 hours a day in white-out conditions on the hot playa, you don’t want them to be unrested.”
Via: Yahoo News