You see him on television all the time. He recently made headlines after his trademark business nearly burned to the ground. He is Houstonian Mattress Mac. I spotted him at an event on Friday at his north Houston business. He was stepping out of his fancy ride. That car happens to be a steel gray Jaguar. This is how Mattress Mac gets around town. How are you turning corners? Can you do better?
HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS AVOID THE SCANDAL OF ACCEPTING FREE GIFTS FROM A HOUSTON MILLIONAIRE!
When it happened most people in the audience laughed and didn’t quite know what to think but the Insite got the message. It happened Friday afternoon at Gallery Furniture. Jim McIngvale held an appreciation event for the Houston firefighters who saved the bulk of his business during that fire back in May. Hundreds of firefighters and their families showed up. One the tokens of appreciation was the raffling off of several gifts. During the ceremony McIngvale told the firefighters to make sure they held onto their tickets because there would be a raffle for gifts. As Mattress Mac wrapped up Assistant Fire Chief Adrian Trevino made his way to the microphone and said something most didn’t understand. He said, “firefighters make sure you give your prize to a family member if you win.” So what message was he sending? City workers like news reporters can’t accept free gifts for services rendered. It would be ethically questionable and against the city’s policy. Most just laughed it off. But I’m sure most of the firefighters got the message. The Insite sure did!
I was driving along the feeder road on the North Freeway when I noticed an entire family out pleading for help. It was a woman, two sons and a little girl. They were in the 90 degree temperatures with signs. Their poster boards read ‘please help, we’re living on the streets after losing our home.’ Usually, I wouldn’t take a second look at a scene like this. But I saw those kids with sweat rolling down their faces. They looked tired and hungry if that facial expression is possible. I was in a far lane and unable to get a better shot from the Insite cam. However, I was able to get a crude pic at best. It was a heartbreaking situation. Then I started to wonder if this was a scam. Was this Mother using her children to get weekend drinking money or worst drug money? Have you seen them on 45 near Airline? And what do you think, is it genuine despair or a scam? The Insite would like to hear from you!