Kiwis find light relief from Cyclone Cook in Facebook's safety check

Facebook asked Kiwis to mark themselves as "safe" during Cyclone Cook, and offer or request help from others nearby. ...
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Facebook asked Kiwis to mark themselves as "safe" during Cyclone Cook, and offer or request help from others nearby. That's where the fun began.

It was supposed to be the biggest storm in decades, and Kiwis were urged to get prepared and hunker down.

As Cyclone Cook barrelled across the North Island, downing power lines and trees, and causing flooding and slips, Facebook even activated its safety check feature - something normally reserved for major disasters.

Users were asked to mark themselves as "safe", so loved ones wouldn't have to worry. They could also offer or request help.

Some kind-hearted Kiwis helpfully offered shelter and food to those forced from their homes.

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But in typical Kiwi style, many others had a laugh, sharing their underwhelming storm experiences and making the kinds of pleas for assistance that probably weren't what the social network had intended.

"It's bad here real bad! I need help to clean up the four leaves I lost off my tree in my front yard....I'm sure with enough help together we can do this!!!" Gillian Hayes, of Otaki Beach, said, in an appeal for "volunteer work for one person".

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Others around the country posted offers of help, though perhaps not the kind their neighbours needed.

Most pleas were for liquor or takeaways, and some were desperate enough to appeal for home brew.

Others had already had too much beer.

Some people appealed for petrol and clothing; at least one sought bacon and eggs.

Another wanted help to wet the outside of their house, to make the storm seem worse than it really was - although that appeal was deleted after criticism from others. 

Others were beyond help altogether.

Other users weren't impressed, and urged their compatriots to stop clogging up the page with joke posts, so people in need, or with real offers of help, could connect.

Still, between those taking the mickey, there were a few good sorts offering food, water, places to stay, and help with the Good Friday clean-up in the hardest hit areas.

 - Stuff

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