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New York Fire Department Sends Ambulance Bill to ‘Unknown Asian’

New York Fire Department Sends Ambulance Bill to ‘Unknown Asian’

| On 12, Dec 2013

The New York City Fire Department sent a bill for an ambulance ride addressed only to “unknown Asian” after EMS workers didn’t complete all the appropriate paperwork.

The bill was sent to the individual at The New School’s 2 W. 13th St. building, leaving staffers scratching their heads after seeing the bill.

“I hesitated to open it but then I was like, ‘Well, I could be an unknown Asian,’” Christine Ahn, 29, who works in the dean’s office at Parsons The New School for Design, told the New York Post.

A FDNY source explained to the Post how the bill was generated. When the female patient was transported at about 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 for a “drug or intoxication” issue, she could not be identified by name but a person accompanying them said the patient lived in a New School dorm so the EMS workers filled out the form with “unknown” for the first name and “Asian” for the last name, the source said.

“There must be “unknown Hispanic” or “unknown African-American” bills out there,” Chris Rivera, 34, dean’s office assistant, told the Post. “What else goes on in that agency?”

The form was processed and sent to a fire department billing contractor, which then sent out the oddly-addressed bill.

We’re speaking to the vendor and we’re asking them not to process bills that have an unknown for the name,” an FDNY spokesman told The Post.

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