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2012-12-07 03:27:16 PM  

SlothB77: how do you mistake the voice of an australian morning radio DJ for the queen?


If someone were to kill herself for being pranked by DJs pretending to be some dignitary, I wish it wouldn't have been this nurse.
 
2012-12-07 03:27:53 PM  
Now, the DJs are on a 2 week paid vacation. Just like cops!
 
2012-12-07 03:30:32 PM  

gaspode: crashdavis18:

well, who really cares who all cares? not the point. if management regularly condones prank calls and all of the other silly things that occur on morning radio, then when something like this happens, it would be hypocritical to get upset.

It would be hypocritical for management to get upset, not for the rest of us.


right. it would just be silly for the rest of us to get upset. it's sad a lady died, sadder still if it was a suicide. some people might not like morning radio, some might think prank calls juvenile, or whatever. as a broad category, people either find prank calls funny or not. what these calls do not do is cause suicide. these djs are not responsible for the lady's death. whether it is mental health or social/work pressure, or a combination, THAT is what's responsible for the lady's death. it was completely, 100%, unforeseeable that a phone call might drive a lady to suicide. if it was unforeseeable, they are not responsible.
 
2012-12-07 03:31:04 PM  

crashdavis18: lennavan: crashdavis18: it really is the height of hypocrisy to call for these djs to be fired. morning radio has been making prank calls forever, and no one cares.

That would be, wouldn't it. You actually think no one has ever called for a morning radio DJ to be fired for a prank call?

You know what would be awkward? If this same radio station was currently on probation for something similarly wildly egregious like say having a 14 year old talk about being raped as a 12 year old while strapped to a polygraph. But people loved that prank, it had no media attention, so clearly you're right about the hypocrisy.

right. people complain about everything and anything.


Yes, complaining about polygraphing a 14 year old about being raped on live radio is just dumb people who whine about anything and everything.

crashdavis18: the point was that management has never called djs out for prank calls, so why start now?


Are you saying DJs have never been fired for prank calls? Because that's not true.

crashdavis18: some may say that there is a small bit of a difference between making rape jokes and prank calls. those people are generally referred to as having a sense of perspective.


They didn't know she was raped until the segment. It was supposed to be about sex. Some may say there is an awful lot of similarity in these two situations that were supposed to be funny that led to some pretty bad unintended consequences.

Your initial point was it is hypocritical for people to want these DJs fired because no one has ever complained about prank calls before. That's fundamentally wrong. By all means, disagree with those people. But this is not hypocritical.
 
2012-12-07 03:33:54 PM  

gaspode: trappedspirit: This sounds an awful lot like white people problems

She wasnt white.


t1.gstatic.com
Well THERE'S your problem . . .
 
2012-12-07 03:34:32 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: uncleacid: [www.iceposter.com image 286x400]

a dream date in kneepads with Paul Williams,
a new Matador, a new mastodon,
a Maverick, a Mustang, a Montego,
a Merc Montclair, a Mark IV, a meteor,
a Mercedes, an MG, or a Malibu,
a Mort Moriarty, a Maserati, a Mac truck,
a Mazda, a new Monza, or a moped,
a Winnebago--Hell, a herd of Winnebago's we're giving 'em away,
or how about a McCulloch chainsaw,
a Las Vegas wedding,
a Mexican divorce,
a solid gold Kama Sutra coffee pot,
or a baby's arm holding an apple?....


well, you can't have that, but you can have this.
 
2012-12-07 03:35:25 PM  

crashdavis18: it was completely, 100%, unforeseeable that a phone call might drive a lady to suicide. if it was unforeseeable, they are not responsible.



It was unforeseeable if you are a self-centered moron. For anyone else, the idea that actions that could easily cost someone their job in a high profile and public way for no reason but 'pranking' could have terrible consequences is not all that far fetched. Yes of course she would have to be someone in a bad state already to be driven to this by this, but so what? that makes it okay??

People like these DJs damage peoples lives all over the world on a daily basis, it is just that they are usually insulated from the results of their actions by the fact their victims are usually 'nobody'. This time its front page stuff so they will actually suffer for it. They deserve it all.
 
2012-12-07 03:36:53 PM  

FatherChaos: [www.digitaltrends.com image 425x283]

Person of interest.


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2012-12-07 03:37:13 PM  

sisterinarms: "well, who really cares who all cares? not the point. if management regularly condones prank calls and all of the other silly things that occur on morning radio, then when something like this happens, it would be hypocritical to get upset."

Yeah! Just like people have been bashing gays and bullying kids at school and owning slaves! Why change that? Leave it alone!

Oh no, wait...some of us want to evolve. Hypocritical? No. The realization of the fact that this sort of thing is low brow, ignorant and just mean? Yes. This is the thing that happens that causes changes to be made. It's the thing that causes the majority to say, "Yeah, that's enough. How about we grow up?"


try dictionary.com, then look up hypocrite. then re-read my post. if you still don't get it, perhaps you aren't qualified to operate in the english language.

low brow, ignorant and just mean? oh, i see, you are now the laugh police? just because you find that something is not funny, i am not allowed to laugh. how very orwellian. i have no interest in growing up. perhaps your time would be better spent captioning the cartoons in the new yorker.
 
2012-12-07 03:39:26 PM  
There has to be more going on here than meets the eye.

Then Gov. Palin's executive assistant did not kill herself on account of letting the two Montreal DJs through to then Gov. Palin.
 
2012-12-07 03:40:01 PM  
Steely Dan not available for comment.


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2012-12-07 03:40:42 PM  

SlothB77: how do you mistake the voice of an australian morning radio DJ for the queen?


I don't know. I doubt this nurse got many phone calls from the queen. She was probably also busy and distracted by her job of being responsible for other people's lives.
 
2012-12-07 03:42:02 PM  

crashdavis18: oh, i see, you are now the laugh police? just because you find that something is not funny, i am not allowed to laugh.


You can laugh at this stuff. The rest of us can think you are a worthless tosspot. Deal?

Seriously, if you actually laugh at prank call radio hosts you have a serious failure in your humour-engine because that shiat is weak.
 
2012-12-07 03:46:19 PM  

gaspode: crashdavis18: oh, i see, you are now the laugh police? just because you find that something is not funny, i am not allowed to laugh.

You can laugh at this stuff. The rest of us can think you are a worthless tosspot. Deal?

Seriously, if you actually laugh at prank call radio hosts you have a serious failure in your humour-engine because that shiat is weak.



Over a decade old and I still laugh every single time.

Link

Link
 
2012-12-07 03:46:23 PM  

lennavan: crashdavis18: lennavan: crashdavis18: it really is the height of hypocrisy to call for these djs to be fired. morning radio has been making prank calls forever, and no one cares.

That would be, wouldn't it. You actually think no one has ever called for a morning radio DJ to be fired for a prank call?

You know what would be awkward? If this same radio station was currently on probation for something similarly wildly egregious like say having a 14 year old talk about being raped as a 12 year old while strapped to a polygraph. But people loved that prank, it had no media attention, so clearly you're right about the hypocrisy.

right. people complain about everything and anything.

Yes, complaining about polygraphing a 14 year old about being raped on live radio is just dumb people who whine about anything and everything.

crashdavis18: the point was that management has never called djs out for prank calls, so why start now?

Are you saying DJs have never been fired for prank calls? Because that's not true.

crashdavis18: some may say that there is a small bit of a difference between making rape jokes and prank calls. those people are generally referred to as having a sense of perspective.

They didn't know she was raped until the segment. It was supposed to be about sex. Some may say there is an awful lot of similarity in these two situations that were supposed to be funny that led to some pretty bad unintended consequences.

Your initial point was it is hypocritical for people to want these DJs fired because no one has ever complained about prank calls before. That's fundamentally wrong. By all means, disagree with those people. But this is not hypocritical.


dude, my point was this: this can't be the first time that these guys made a prank call. if they've done it before and if they weren't fired then, then any discipline against them now by MANAGEMENT would be hypocritical.

if you are comparing rape jokes to prank calls, and saying that they are morally equivalent, well, you have a different moral compass than i do. to each his own.

how many djs have been fired for making prank calls? can i look it up on pullafactoutofmyass.com? if you took the number of djs who have been fired for making prank calls, as a percentage of all of the prank calls that have ever been made, it works out to, ..., well, my calculator doesn't have enough decimal points to calculate that small a fraction. maybe you could look it up on pullamadeupstatisticoutofmyass.com.
 
2012-12-07 03:47:18 PM  
zippythechimp Rather listen to these guys:

Bob & Sheri? Charlotte's become such a puppy mill for syndicated radio shows when KLOS FM's Mark from Mark & Brian retired there the station figured he wanted to broadcast from his home...

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad All this talk of morning DJ's makes me sad my favorites just quit to head to a new show but as for now I am morning DJ-less. I listened to the podcast almost every day to get news from home.

Who? Were they laid off by Clear Channel?
 
2012-12-07 03:48:10 PM  

gaspode: crashdavis18: oh, i see, you are now the laugh police? just because you find that something is not funny, i am not allowed to laugh.

You can laugh at this stuff. The rest of us can think you are a worthless tosspot. Deal?

Seriously, if you actually laugh at prank call radio hosts you have a serious failure in your humour-engine because that shiat is weak.


Holy shiat, this thread is bringing out the humor snobs now!
 
2012-12-07 03:49:24 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: If someone got pranked and killed themselves over it, that says a lot more about the person's mental stability than it does the pranksters.


yeah, i like to go to rape trials and blame the victim too.

plus, I can only imagine what a walk in the park nursing is: the job stress, paying off the loans etc..

then of course there's always the Victorian age matrons and social class and caste system that exists in England..oh yeah..and racism...

this could of course only be funnier if it was say...cancer...
 
2012-12-07 03:51:13 PM  

jst3p: gaspode: crashdavis18: oh, i see, you are now the laugh police? just because you find that something is not funny, i am not allowed to laugh.

You can laugh at this stuff. The rest of us can think you are a worthless tosspot. Deal?

Seriously, if you actually laugh at prank call radio hosts you have a serious failure in your humour-engine because that shiat is weak.


Over a decade old and I still laugh every single time.

Link

Link


deal. i am completely unconcerned with what you find funny & with what you may think of me, if at all. if you can live with it, so can i.
 
2012-12-07 03:53:40 PM  
That station was already on probation. Another radio personality hooked a 12 y.o. girl to a polygraph to question her about having sex. She blurted out to her mother, who was also in the room, that she had been raped.
 
2012-12-07 04:05:50 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: If someone got pranked and killed themselves over it, that says a lot more about the person's mental stability than it does the pranksters.


That's the first thing that crossed my mind when i heard this news. Too bad her family/friends didn't realize she had mental problems. The poor woman killed herself for dishonoring the royal family for fark's sake.
 
2012-12-07 04:07:37 PM  
That's one way to enforce the new release of information policy for the remaining staff!
 
2012-12-07 04:11:35 PM  
SuddenlySamhain the djs admited they didnt think their prank would succeed

Then in the world of Morning Radio Karma this Link is offset by this? Link
 
2012-12-07 04:13:46 PM  
Also, across the pond she'd be fired. In order for information to be released over the phone, at the very least the caller would have to give both their name and what's often called the 'HIPAA code.' The name is checked against a list of people the patient has preapproved, and the number is a further form of protection to insure patient privacy.
 
2012-12-07 04:25:23 PM  
Kate's baby is the Anti-Christ, the nurse found out and was killed by MI5 with the farkwit Aussie DJ's taking the blame.

IMO.
 
2012-12-07 04:26:40 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: So these retards ruined a girls life and their own careers in one fell swoop. That really sucks - prank calls are the most unfunny "prank" out there.

/I hated the Jerky Boys


^^^^ THIS infinity.....
 
2012-12-07 04:52:42 PM  

FlyingJ: SuddenlySamhain the djs admited they didnt think their prank would succeed

Then in the world of Morning Radio Karma this Link is offset by this? Link


i've been listening to the k&b show since their early days in the '90s. i remember hearing that broadcast live on the radio. they screwed up back then but have paid their dues and then some. they were actually making veiled references to their own past while discussing the aussie djs last thursday.

/suspect k&b were the inspiration for weenie & the butt. mcfarlane was a frequent guest in the early days of family guy.
//they successfully pranked the then-president of france and got sued by jerry lewis bcause of it.
 
2012-12-07 05:12:05 PM  
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2012-12-07 05:20:09 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: I've never understood the appeal of this kind of "humor."

I understand and often experience Schadenfreude, but public, global humiliation of a private person doesn't seem the least bit funny to me. I would say it's childish, but I didn't understand it when I was a child either.


This

\ the public vs private citizen is important
\\still don't like pranks, frequently a form of bullying
 
2012-12-07 05:40:24 PM  
It's one thing to f*ck with telemarketers because they call you and won't go away when you say no, you're not interested.

I'm in the camp of 'these DJs deserve to be fired and have their broadcasting careers flushed down the toilet' at the very least because they called the hospital pretending to be worried about a sick relative. The nurse had the call transferred to her, she probably figured their identity had already been verified and as unfair as it is, she would be been fired for breaching confidentiality. Seeing these guys get publicly harassed and fired is karma at its finest.
 
2012-12-07 05:42:38 PM  

Altitude5280: That station was already on probation. Another radio personality hooked a 12 y.o. girl to a polygraph to question her about having sex. She blurted out to her mother, who was also in the room, that she had been raped.


Interesting. I find these kinds of jokes to be not amusing at all. But some people enjoy making innocent by-standers the butts of their jokes, so they can pat themselves on the back for taking advantage of another human being for trusting them.
 
2012-12-07 05:57:10 PM  

crashdavis18: dude, my point was this: this can't be the first time that these guys made a prank call. if they've done it before and if they weren't fired then, then any discipline against them now by MANAGEMENT would be hypocritical.


Not if this was significantly worse than what they've done before.
 
2012-12-07 06:04:38 PM  

WildManBand: That's the first thing that crossed my mind when i heard this news. Too bad her family/friends didn't realize she had mental problems. The poor woman killed herself for dishonoring the royal family for fark's sake.


Unauthorised release of medical information is treated very seriously here. Sneering at the victim in this case as having mental problems is contemptible. Do you also think that those children who kill themselves as a result of bullying at school are worthless weaklings who are better dead?
 
2012-12-07 06:07:27 PM  

david_gaithersburg: And we thought that the Clintons were the only royal family running around killing people having people die of apparent suicides.


if I were not so broke, I'd bequest you with total fark
 
2012-12-07 06:07:59 PM  

Ronin_S: The nurse had the call transferred to her, she probably figured their identity had already been verified and as unfair as it is, she would be been fired for breaching confidentiality.


The nurse who died is the one who passed the call on, not the one who answered the questions. The presenters should have considered the effects on the staff concerned if their attempt succeeded. If they did not do so they were irresponsible and stupid and if they did do so but went ahead anyway they were irresponsible and stupid.
 
2012-12-07 06:13:56 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: If someone got pranked and killed themselves over it, that says a lot more about the person's mental stability than it does the pranksters.


I don't know about that. It was a prank that went world wide, this isn't some friend or co-worker playing a prank on her. This was two guys playing a prank on her and the hospital as a way to make money by driving their ratings and name recognition.
 
2012-12-07 06:19:34 PM  

Occam's Taser: Calm down, Internets. In the first place, a quick read of the article didn't reveal any claims of suicide. Still "unexplained" pending an autopsy. Secondly, the Aussie DJs are douchebags, but would be in no way responsible for crazy old lady suicide.


what if she had a heart attack due to the stress of being made a fool by their prank?
 
2012-12-07 06:20:01 PM  
Nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room, mostly because it has become like furniture and completely unnoticed these days. You can't blame the DJ's for something that happened in Australia, when it was the rest of the world pointing its finger at the nurse. The media at large picked up this story and ran with it, instead of just ignoring it. Had that happened, only the neanderthals who listen to DJ's like this would have been aware this even happened and what do they care? I think world media has gotten too far out of control with what is and isn't reported in the news cycles. So much we don't ever hear about that is important and yet this sort of thing is everywhere.
 
2012-12-07 06:20:11 PM  
Morning show DJs all suck, blah,blah,blah.

Look, I have screwed up royally at work before. My VP screamed me down, there was paperwork. It was awful. I never once thought of ending my life over it. Had my screwup been the top story on the news, I would not have considered suicide. If my screwup was on the Main page of Fark.com, I would not have harmed myself. See a pattern? My lack of mental instability means I am not likely to kill myself over anything, much less a harmless work mistake or a prank phone call.

Had it just been a rude cabbie, or nasty waiter that sent her over the edge, would they have the same culpability ascribed to them that these two Morning Zoo Turds are dealing with?
 
2012-12-07 06:24:25 PM  

On the Side: Nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room, mostly because it has become like furniture and completely unnoticed these days. You can't blame the DJ's for something that happened in Australia, when it was the rest of the world pointing its finger at the nurse. The media at large picked up this story and ran with it, instead of just ignoring it. Had that happened, only the neanderthals who listen to DJ's like this would have been aware this even happened and what do they care? I think world media has gotten too far out of control with what is and isn't reported in the news cycles. So much we don't ever hear about that is important and yet this sort of thing is everywhere.


How did the world media find out about the prank, did the radio station release the prank audio to be picked up by worldwide media
 
2012-12-07 06:30:04 PM  
Uranus Is Huge! Morning show DJs all suck, blah,blah,blah. Look, I have screwed up royally at work before.

All those ClearChannel folks today realize The Second Rule Of Radio Club is: EVERYBODY GETS FIRED Link
 
2012-12-07 06:53:53 PM  

I_C_Weener: Remember when Nancy Grace drove a women to take her life?  Good times.


Yup. Both times.
 
2012-12-07 06:54:50 PM  
Good grief. Almost 300 comments, and this is the first?

cdn-4.nflximg.com 

/you people are slipping
 
2012-12-07 07:06:20 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: AdolfOliverPanties: The My Little Pony Killer: AdolfOliverPanties: If someone got pranked and killed themselves over it, that says a lot more about the person's mental stability than it does the pranksters.

That doesn't absolve the pranksters of being douchebags though.

Never heard them. Are they any worse than any of the other morning douchebags though?

Their prank directly led to somebody making the choice to end their life. If you can't figure it out from there, there's not much I can do to help you.


This is not the fault of the DJ's. The joke was tame and a bit funny, not some cruel prank, and nobody could have foreseen a person killing themselves because of this. There must have been other mental issues going on with this lady for her to crack like this.
 
2012-12-07 07:06:54 PM  
I thought it was funny. It was goofy and silly and the information wasnt exactly top secret health info.

They determined that a woman who was in the hospital publicly for morning sickness HAD IN FACT been dehydrated and nauseous and the nurses didn't think that she should be bothered while she was resting. Shocking.

It WAS personal information, but it wasn't embarrassing, hurtful, or harmful. Rap the knuckles of those who slipped up and move on. Prank calls can be very funny. Also very not funny. I thought this one was about as harmless as they come.

You know whats not funny? At all? Fake lottery tickets. I don't know what people see in giving their friends or loved ones those things.
 
2012-12-07 07:13:31 PM  
There are a lot of people in here that don't understand how the medical field works (at least in the USA, might be different across the pond).

Disclosing confidential medical information doesn't just mean getting fired, it means getting your license pulled. It's not just a job you lose in that case, it's the whole field of employment. She couldn't get a job at another facility with no license. And with that kind of work history, she wouldn't be put in a place of trust for a long long time, if ever, so even cashier is out.
 
2012-12-07 07:14:59 PM  
The good news is...... she's finally off her meds.
 
2012-12-07 07:24:02 PM  

orbister: Unauthorised release of medical information is treated very seriously here. Sneering at the victim in this case as having mental problems is contemptible. Do you also think that those children who kill themselves as a result of bullying at school are worthless weaklings who are better dead?


Did you just equate mental illness to being a "worthless weakling who would be better off dead"?

I suggest that EVERYONE who commits suicide has a mental problem. Being suicidal IS infact a mental problem in and of itself. Why are you such a dick?

orbister: The nurse who died is the one who passed the call on, not the one who answered the questions. The presenters should have considered the effects on the staff concerned if their attempt succeeded. If they did not do so they were irresponsible and stupid and if they did do so but went ahead anyway they were irresponsible and stupid.


The hell they should have. They are whacky morning DJs and shouldn't be expected to put any more consideration into the effect of their media than any other jackass who spews bias through media.

Who wants to have to worry that they're going to cause someone to kill themselves? Who thinks about that at all? When was the last time you thought "OMG i shouldn't say that because Tommy might blow his brains out..."

But by all means be outraged.
 
2012-12-07 07:41:45 PM  
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Uranus Is Huge!
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Nice to see some reasonable people show up to offset all the hysterical hand wringers here.
 
2012-12-07 07:57:42 PM  
IN WHAT WORLD IS IT OK TO PRANK CALL A HOSPITAL?
 
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