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Photo of a letter addressed to ìUnknown Asianî posted on the Facebook page of Christine Ahn https://www.facebook.com/crosschris?fref=ts New School staffers were scratching their heads Tuesday after the FDNY sent them a $784 ambulance bill ñ addressed to an ìUNKNOWN ASIAN.î ìI hesitated to open it but then I was like, ëWell, I could be an unknown Asian,î said Christine Ahn, who works in the deanís office at Parsonís The New School for Design. The FDNY ñ which charges people who require ambulance transport ñ addressed the mysterious bill to ìUNKNOWN ASIAN, 2 W 13TH ST, NEW YORK NY 10011-7902.î The bill bears the FDNY logo and demands $784.40 for a November 1, 2013 emergency in which someone was transported from 255 West 14th Street ñ the address of an Associated Supermarket ñ to Beth Israel Medical Center on First Avenue Photo of a letter addressed to ìUnknown Asianî posted on the Facebook page of Christine Ahn https://www.facebook.com/crosschris?fref=ts New School staffers were scratching their heads Tuesday after the FDNY sent them a $784 ambulance bill ñ addressed to an ìUNKNOWN ASIAN.î ìI hesitated to open it but then I was like, ëWell, I could be an unknown Asian,î said Christine Ahn, who works in the deanís office at Parsonís The New School for Design. The FDNY ñ which charges people who require ambulance transport ñ addressed the mysterious bill to ìUNKNOWN ASIAN, 2 W 13TH ST, NEW YORK NY 10011-7902.î The bill bears the FDNY logo and demands $784.40 for a November 1, 2013 emergency in which someone was transported from 255 West 14th Street ñ the address of an Associated Supermarket ñ to Beth Israel Medical Center on First Avenue  

Are you an Unknown Asian? You might owe the FDNY $784

New York City’s Fired Department is getting complaints of racism after they sent a bill for ambulance charges to a Parsons New School building designated for an “Unknown Asian.” An apparent student was transported to Beth Israel Medical Center on First Avenue for a “drug or intoxication” call at the beginning of November, but EMTs were unable to get the name of the student.

They did the next logical thing and took the address supplied by the person with the student and processed the bill with “Unknown” as the first name, “Asian” as the last name. The bill was delivered to the school on Tuesday, where Christine Ahn, an employee in the dean’s office, opened it reports the New York Post.

Ahn said, “I hesitated to open it but then I was like, ‘Well, I could be an unknown Asian.’ The funny thing for us was that there are so many Asians at this school.”

Dean’s assistant Chris Rivera said, “When I saw it said ‘unknown Asian,’ I thought it was racist. I showed it to Christine and her supervisor — both of whom happen to be Asian — and Christine thought it was sort of disrespectful and rude.” He joked that they should “go down the hall and ask every Asian student if they needed medical assistance.”

FDNY spokesman Jim Long said they are working to ensure this mislabeling does not happen again. Long said, “We’re speaking to the vendor and we’re asking them not to process bills that have an unknown for the name.”

The bill was for $784.40. It’s unclear whether the bill will be paid by anyone.

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