Also, Government fails to anticipate dem…

Also, Government fails to anticipate demand outstripping supply on commodity provided free of charge:

The county had scheduled two [H1N1] vaccination clinics — from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. for those in high risk categories. Durham County Health Director Gayle Harris said she counted at least 250 people outside the doors at 414 E. Main St. before 8 a.m. One woman told Harris she arrived at 5 a.m. to stand in line.

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Harris said she expected all of the available doses of vaccine to be used up in the morning and canceled the afternoon session.

Now I’m kind of glad I didn’t try and take time off work to go that clinic’s twin version on NCSU campus. Sounds like I wouldn’t have gotten a vaccination anyways.

When you make something not cost any money (up front), you just make it cost something else: time. The people who got up earliest and arrived first get it now. Too bad I had to go to class, I guess.

EDIT: The article has been updated so that the first paragraph now reads:

Long lines at a Durham County H1N1 vaccination clinic Friday are exemplary of the situation across the country, where demand outstrips supply.

Say what?

Function: adjective

1 a : serving as a pattern b : deserving imitation

Copy editing fail.