@Perrid13 @DKThomp To be fair, many—including some of our leaders—have long and repeatedly assumed that “this will all be over soon”. (“Another three months, max.”) Buying tickets weeks or months in advance seemed like a safe bet.
Who’s at fault? We all WANTED things to get back to normal....
@Perrid13 @DKThomp And some irresponsibly promoted over-optimistic scenarios. Certain industries (like travel and hospitality), sponsored corporate media, and politicians were complicit.

One-time refunds should be available through vendors, insurance, and/or government disaster relief programs...
@Perrid13 @DKThomp ...on the grounds of “national (or international) mass disaster”, “force majeure”, “Acts of God”, or some such.
At least, for tickets already bought based on false assurances of near-future safety.

(BUT, for FUTURE purchases, “non-refundable” should again mean “non-refundable”.)
@Perrid13 @DKThomp Because by now we should know better...right?

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I wouldn’t put it past him to stage an “assassination” (real or fake)—which would let him go out as a “martyr”.
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