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"Random Acts of Kindness" to continue on Isle of Palms

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Isle of Palms City Council approved the continuation of the "random acts of kindness" program as part of City Administrator Linda Tucker's performance objectives Tuesday night.

The program encourages public service departments to provide special services to islanders.

An islander's call to News 2 prompted an investigation into the use of on-duty firefighters at a city council member's home to move sofas down the stairs to a waiting u-haul.

"It's not a city council member getting special treatment, it's just the city doing what the city normally does", said Tucker in an interview for a News 2 Reality Check investigation.

Tucker also provided several year's worth of similar services provided to residents by the Public Works department. They included furniture moves, picking up trash on a non pick-up day, cleaning packing peanuts from a yard, removing contents from a bad freezer, and moving a bird bath.

According to several monthly reports from the fire department, they routinely respond to calls for assistance, listed under 'public relations', which Tucker says are the fire department's random acts. Just this past January, the FD helped a resident who fell in their home, and twice helped a disabled visitor get to and from the beach.  

During Tuesday's meeting, council member Jimmy Carroll said, he agreed the program is a good thing, but urged council to discuss how far they go with it.

However, the majority of council disagreed, including Michael Loftus.

"We've been doing this for 60 years, this is our 60th anniversary, and if it's not broken, don't fix it", said Loftus in response to Carroll's call for some type of limitation to the services.

To see video of the brief discussion during Tuesday's meeting, click here.

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