Yet another reason why I personally abhorr "pranks". The unforeseen consequences can never be predicted, and can often lead to unexpected harm, all for the sake of a cheap laugh at someone? Bah.
Good Lord.....is this the "prank call" ????
2Day FM prank call hospital treating pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton - YouTube <-- clicky
I listened to the lead-up to the prank call three days ago and forwarded it to friends because I couldn't believe anybody could fall for this or that the hospital didn't have protocols. The third person trying to bark like a dog really was very funny.
It wasn't known then that the receptionist was away from the switchboard and that a nurse had answered the silly call and transferred it. The hospital had not sanctioned this nurse nor threatened her employment, and I think there has to be much more to this suicide. Two kids left motherless and a husband left heartbroken just before Christmas simply because of embarrassment at transferring the call to a floor nurse?
I don't like prank calls either but also feel sorry for the DJs, who were amazed that their terrible accents worked.
Sad story, but I can't blame the DJs for this woman's suicide.
I belive it is illegal for DJs in America to make prank calls. They use to be able to do it, but now all the prank calls you hear are staged. The FCC changed the rules in the 2000s...not sure exactly when.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
But to kill yourself and cause so much pain to your young children is ridiculous.
The hospital keeps saying what a great nurse she was but I bet her fellow coworkers would tell you something else in private. I have worked with some nurses who were so anal that if something caused them to have to go on break late it would be a major upset to them.
When our kids were younger, my best friend's and my family often vacationed together, and I was forced to listen to Roy D. Mercer. Everybody but me in that van would be howling with laughter while I sat there just hating, hating, hating him. (One reason, I've concluded, is because I know I'm the perfect gullible foil for somebody like him. )
But I wouldn't have killed myself if one of my friends or coworkers set me up with a DJ like him. This nurse's suicide is tragic, but all she did was answer the phone and transfer the call. If she were 15, I can understand the "fate worse than death" perception, but this woman was 47 and had children to take care of.
Rarely do I have sympathy for someone who commits suicide, and this is certainly not one of those times.
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