George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association, has been selling anti-FEMA T-shirts since last fall, a reflection of his frustration with the federal government’s response to the storm that left him homeless and unemployed.
But on Feb. 1, when he handed a shirt to a fellow Katrina victim as he was picking up canned goods at a charity’s relief tent, Barisich found himself in trouble with the government.
He was cited by a group of Homeland Security officials for selling a T-shirt on federal property – in this case, near a FEMA center in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Chalmette, La.
Barisich, 49, says he didn’t sell the shirt, which said: ‘Flooded by Katrina! Forgotten by FEMA! What’s Next, Mr. Bush?’ He says he gave it away
He says he’ll fight the ticket because “if you do something wrong, you pay for it. If you didn’t, you don’t ever say you did.”