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Old 12-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #581
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I'd have to disagree. Yes, it was wrong of them to ask for personal medical info, but it was a prank, one that happens each and every day and many of them are are successful and funny. Are we just going to ban people from pulling pranks now? I don't think anybody would reasonably expect the nurse to kill herself over it
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:29 PM   #582
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You disagree that it's not so funny now? I don't expect the DJ's to reasonably expect that she would kill herself, but there are all kinds of possible consequences of pranks and messing with people. It's like that Jenny Jones case years ago. Was that show legally responsible for the guest's suicide? No. But those DJ's will have to live with that. I still feel disgusted that it happened. There is moral responsibility, even if pranks like that are played all the time.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:33 PM   #583
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Oh, I don't disagree that it's not funny anymore, because it clearly is not. I'm just wondering where we draw the line, because even the most benign pranks, or what we would think is benign, could have some unintended consequences.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:51 PM   #584
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Yeah, my dad worked in radio and he did the silly prank thing from time to time. Never anything that bad, no, he knew where the line was and avoided crossing it as much as he could, but still...

My guess is this woman likely had problems well before this prank that helped lead to her committing suicide. If the DJs were being over the top, which it sounds like they may have been with the personal info stuff, then yeah, it'd be nice of them to apologize/show regret for whatever they said or did.

But to point to that as the reason she killed herself seems kinda simplistic to me.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:45 PM   #585
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I agree that this woman - Jacintha Saldanha - must've had problems that led to her suicide and this prank was what really pushed her. Also, FYI, she was not the nurse who gave out information about the Duchess - she was the one who put the call to that particular nurse.

I really don't think the DJs are largely to blame either. Even though their prank was silly and stupid, they had no idea that it would cause the suicide of someone. They even said right after the prank was done that they were surprised they even got through in the first place. So even though they played a role in Jacintha's suicide, they are not solely responsible. A lawsuit might happen, but nothing like involuntary manslaughter.

As for Jacintha, I really feel for her. Assuming that she felt horrible for believing that it was actually the Queen calling and putting that call through, she must've also felt stupid. I wouldn't be surprised if the executives at the hospital reprimanded her and she was ridiculed by her co-workers. That type of shame and humiliation can feel immense, I'm sure all of us have been there - I have! I just feel very sorry for her and her family. It's very tragic.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:36 PM   #586
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That same radio station also got in trouble previously for hooking a 14 year old up to a lie detector, the kid (can't remember if it was a boy or a girl) "admitted" to being raped. Don't know why they involved a minor in something like that, or why they were even asking about that.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:28 AM   #587
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Whoa, really?

Okay, yeah, if they have a history of this sort of thing, maybe they should deserve more scrutiny, then. How the hell did that stunt not get them pulled off the air?
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this may not be disgusting, but it is mean
( I did not want to start an 'absolutely mean' thread)



Women furious over 'fat girls' comment on restaurant receipt

Here’s a tip: Get some manners, Server suspended after 3 women at California restaurant called ‘fat girls’ on receipt
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #589
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People are restaurants writing rude or nasty comments to customers or the servers is getting more common lately. That, or its just being reported more.
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I will say the remarks in the comment section after the second article are disgusting
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:17 PM   #591
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Sigh.

So, seriously, are we about done yet with these stories, or...?

At least 1 dead in Portland-area mall shooting - Yahoo! News

Made all the more unnerving to me given I work in a mall. Loved this bit on Jon Stewart's show last night, even more appropriate now:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

We desperately need to start addressing this issue NOW. We really do.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:05 PM   #592
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Guess he was only 22 and stole or "borrowed" someone else's gun. Killed a man and a woman who were both in their 40's, I believe. A teenage girl he shot is clinging to life.
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Guess he was only 22 and stole or "borrowed" someone else's gun.
Gee. How comforting .

Here's hoping the teenage girl pulls through.
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So when is the right time to discuss gun control, America?

BBC News - Gunman at Connecticut primary school 'shot dead'
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Saw this on CNN last night. This is terrible:

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He stabbed his children 46 times. He was freed after 46 months.
In the latest twist in a case that has shocked Canadians, a cardiologist who killed his two children was granted his release from a psychiatric institution Wednesday, with conditions.
The decision to release Guy Turcotte came as little surprise. A jury, last year, had found him not criminally responsible for killing his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.
Since the court verdict, he had been in Montreal's Pinel institute where a panel Wednesday found him mentally fit to be released. The case had provoked a torrent of outrage in Quebec, with Turcotte becoming a household name.
Turcotte told the hearing Wednesday that he wants to lead a regular, productive life - but he's concerned about his new-found notoriety.
"I'd like to work, to do some good around me," the cardiologist told the panel.
"My biggest challenge will be dealing with others, with the public. There's been a lot of badmouthing, a lot of things that will be said. There will be a lot of prejudice against me."
His ex-wife Isabelle Gaston expressed concern and disappointment with the justice system after the panel's decision. "I've lost faith in the justice system," Gaston said Wednesday outside the institute.
"The message (this decision sends) is you can kill your wife because you're sad or your kids because you're upset and get away with it by saying you weren't all there."

Read more: Quebec doctor who killed his children released from prison
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Reports now saying at least a dozen dead in Newtown, including children.

WTF?!
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Saw this on CNN last night. This is terrible:




Read more: Quebec doctor who killed his children released from prison

This is a crazy and sad story, too.
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Reports now saying at least a dozen dead in Newtown, including children.

WTF?!

Just said this on the local feed I'm watching. If over 20 people were shot and 3 transported that is so not good..... please be a rumor....
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27 is the new figure being quoted. Horrible.
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"My biggest challenge will be dealing with others, with the public. There's been a lot of badmouthing, a lot of things that will be said. There will be a lot of prejudice against me."
I don't know the details of this, but it doesn't sound like he's even remorseful for what he's done. Like he did nothing wrong, and the public are to blame.
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