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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by hover, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. hover

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  2. Relic

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  3. SoVeryTired

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    Read it on the BBC. Whatever the main contributing factors (radio station, media, hospital management/culture, or just individual issues) it's extremely sad. It wasn't really that big a deal but was headline news on the BBC.
  4. Dr. Cheese

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    It is really sad that she apparently took it that hard.
  5. Relic

    Relic Cow are you? Supporting Member

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    I can imagine that it was probably utterly humiliating being that it was widely reported...
    Of course without knowing the person nor their circumstances it's tough to say if this situation was "it" or maybe the last straw in a string of issues she had been dealing with, who knows. It's especially sad that she's leaving two children and a husband behind...:(
    On a related note, I really dislike DJ pranks like that anyway. Asinine stuff.
  6. Angus

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    Hopefully opens up the more important conversation we all need to be having- can we get rid of hokey, terrible morning talk radio junk? It's almost universally mindless and irritating, these bits are never funny and are usually just uncomfortable. I find it especially aggravating that they would have a bit that centered around getting involved in someone's private life, and surrounding something serious. It's pathetic.

    I'd like to have a "come meet the morning show crew" event in every city in the country, and then arrest anyone who shows up and deport them to Canada.

    Horrible, sad situation.
  7. electracoyote

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    She took it kind of hard, didn't she? I mean, all she did was transfer the call to another hospital employee. It's not like she ran into Kate's room with phone in hand telling her the Queen Mum wanted to talk to her.
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    She was probably very afraid she'd likely be canned and pay dearly.
  9. Relic

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    from what I gather, it was a little more than that. She had answered several questions on the patient's condition and so on. Apparently that's a bit of a policy faux pas. She then transferred to a nurse in the particular ward. Not that's it's still a big deal, I personally don't think it is but again, the media grabbed it and ran with it like those ignoramuses tend to do..
  10. Angus

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    No, the one who answered the questions is still alive. The girl who committed suicide was the one who transferred to the woman who answered questions.

    In the US, even acknowledging that a patient is being treated at the hospital is a violation of their privacy rights, so in the US both of the women would be fired, and there would likely be a lawsuit. I'm not sure what the privacy laws state in the UK, but both women probably still would be fired.
  11. Relic

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    Ah ok, thanks. Yeah I def misread that.
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    I came here to say just this. I can not stand them, and I give people who think they are funny the stink eye. This is just more fuel for my hatred.
  13. Angus

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    Agreed.

    Though for the sake of fairness, the media who are suggesting that the radio DJs are at fault for the death are ridiculous. Though the prank is in horrible taste and it drives me nuts, they cannot be held accountable for the actions the woman took thereafter. I'm sure she was not stable to begin with, but I can only imagine that the amount of unwanted, crushing press attention she received afterward was intolerable.
  14. i_got_a_mohawk

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    I'm not sure what the procedure would be, but they'd certainly be up **** creek without paddle, particularly the nurse who gave away the details.

    Trying to get details of anyone via such means is simply disgusting. Hope the radio guys don't get away with it.
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    I would think that anyone who would commit suicide over a prank (even one leading to being embarrassed and losing your job) probably had underlying mental or emotional issues prior to the prank.
  16. spade2you

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    You're about to get fired and blasted on global news. No big deal?
  17. MatticusMania

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    I wouldnt say its "no big deal", but I dont think its enough to drive a mentally stable person to suicide. An opportunist would use such an occasion to launch their 15 minutes of fame.
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    Horrible story. My mother showed me the article in the paper about the prank when I visited her the other day. I said then it was horrible, and predicted people would be fired. I never thought it would end like this. I hope the brainless scum of a DJ that thought if this idea feels HORRIBLE (although I doubt he even cares).
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    I think thats a harsh statement, Eric. I dont think theres any way the person who came up with the idea could have guessed it would turn out this way. But to say that you doubt he even cares... on what are you basing that assumption? I mean, maybe youre right, but Id like to give a little more credit to a persons humanity before outright dismissing someone cares that they indirectly drove someone to suicide.
  20. Relic

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    I dunno....I'm not so sure that I fully agree. My guess would be that you're absolutely right about there probably being some sort of instability there, but given the publicity of the prank.. I couldn't say that for sure TBH. The feeling of humiliation may have been a wee bit more than just a "screw up at work" sorta thing. It's not out of the realm of possibility that the public embarrassment and humiliation were what caused the instability..? (or depression, or whatever it can be called)

    I guess it's sort of a chicken vs the egg argument

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