Escort Service Gets Thousands In Oil Spill Money, Says BP

Escort Service Gets Thousands In Oil Spill Money, Says BP

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Those reading the New York Times will undoubtedly notice the full page ad BP took out in the paper calling out by name The Gulf Settlement Program for accepting a claim from an adult escort service. According to the ad, their tax returns from 2007-2010 were dated 2012 and unsigned. The service was awarded more than $173,000. BP says they’ll fight against these types of claims and focus just on those affected. Tracy Redding owns Triple-A Charters and was more than just a little affected.

“It was like being in a daydream. This horrible nightmare you just woke up to and all of a sudden all the work you’ve done for years is gone,” says Redding.

Redding books fishing trips and sightseeing cruises for almost 100 boats along the Alabama coast. Her business went from packed to zero overnight. And while BP may think their ad gives comfort to folks like Redding, she finds it offensive.

“It’s really childish. It’s offensive to those of us who sit here and watch that they’re doing 20 claims, 30 claims a day. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Bad PR to say the least.”

After the oil spill, Redding had to take on a consulting job traveling the gulf coast and remembers seeing others receiving their checks in no time flat.

“I was absolutely blown away by how many people I had met that had already received checks for $200,000 for an in-shore fishing boat. Deck hands that got $35-50,000 within 48 hours of submitting a claim.”

She’s still trying to recover from the tragedy.

“I spent two years of my time doing absolutely nothing but BP claims. I didn’t do any advertising, I didn’t go out there and beat the streets and I’m still suffering the consequences.”

Redding finally received the pay from her claim earlier this year. She says BP should spend less time on ads and more time focusing on paying out those claims.

We reached out to BP for a comment, they said they would let the advertisement speak for itself.

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