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2012-12-07 12:12:43 PM  
*worst?
 
2012-12-07 12:19:45 PM  
Damn, talk about serious job stress.
 
2012-12-07 12:20:45 PM  
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.
 
2012-12-07 12:20:56 PM  
Damn, ever since I saw this story first pop up in the queue I hoped it was just a terrible joke.
 
2012-12-07 12:22:30 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 doesn't absolve the pranksters of being douchebags though.
 
2012-12-07 12:24:36 PM  

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?
 
2012-12-07 12:25:53 PM  

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.
 
2012-12-07 12:29:49 PM  
Remember when Nancy Grace drove a women to take her life?  Good times.
 
2012-12-07 12:30:23 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.


I don't know, man. That's a stretch. Some people are one minor speeding ticket or rejected date proposal away from killing themselves.
 
2012-12-07 12:30:30 PM  
Hmmmm....wondering if the radio pranksters will be indicted for manslaughter.

/not snark, srsly
 
2012-12-07 12:31:06 PM  

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?


Well, they're Australian.
 
2012-12-07 12:31:51 PM  
Since news broke of Saldanha's death, the radio personalities, Michael Christian and Mel Greig of 2Day FM, have both deleted their Twitter accounts after tweeting about the success of the prank throughout the week.

Slammed much?
 
2012-12-07 12:33:02 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.


Yes and no. If the person was already nearly-suicidal, it may have pushed them over the edge. It's still the pranksters fault for being douchenozzels to a sweet person, but the problem with pranksters is they don't tend to think about the people they might be hurting, using the "it's all in good fun" defense.
 
2012-12-07 12:33:15 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.


Are you a wizard?
 
2012-12-07 12:33:33 PM  
Anyone beside me thinking this is a prank being played on the pranksters?
 
2012-12-07 12:33:45 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.


They didn't force or push her to take her life. She made that choice. She could've just said "yea I farked up, time to move on." But she chose a more permanent solution instead.

Does it suck? Yea, but it's not the DJs fault that she decided the only solution was suicide when it clearly wasn't.
 
2012-12-07 12:33:53 PM  

gilgigamesh: 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.

I don't know, man. That's a stretch. Some people are one minor speeding ticket or rejected date proposal away from killing themselves.


This. People who kill themselves are by definition unstable. Any relatively minor bit of douchebaggery might be enough to set them off.
 
2012-12-07 12:33:54 PM  
And we thought that the Clintons were the only royal family running around killing people having people die of apparent suicides.
 
2012-12-07 12:34:31 PM  
What a terrible story.
 
2012-12-07 12:34:33 PM  
what's the worse that could happen


Why do people do this?
 
2012-12-07 12:34:43 PM  

gilgigamesh: 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.

I don't know, man. That's a stretch. Some people are one minor speeding ticket or rejected date proposal away from killing themselves.


She probably thought she was going to lose her job as soon as the attention was off her, I know a few people personally, up against a wall of debt and obligations, who'd consider suicide if they lost their job right now. That was a shiatty "prank", really just a way to get a scoop on a story, you don't fark with someone's livelihood to make a joke, imo.
 
2012-12-07 12:35:08 PM  
The Duke of Edinburgh gets away with it again.
 
2012-12-07 12:35:13 PM  

gilgigamesh: 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.

I don't know, man. That's a stretch. Some people are one minor speeding ticket or rejected date proposal away from killing themselves.


If your prank can plausibly lead to someone getting fired, I'd say that discretion is the better course of action. Granted, the nurse in question didn't get fired, but I'd be surprised if she didn't suddenly find herself fighting to keep her job as a result of this, which is almost certainly more stress than a minor speeding ticket or a rejected date, especially when you add all the attention that she undoubtedly got subjected to by rabid fans of the Royals.

Under those circumstances, I don't think that the DJs can or should be held legally responsible, nor even morally culpable, but I certainly think that the deserve to be shamed for their prank and that they ought to -- assuming they have a spec of decency -- feel horrible about the outcome and the fact that they contributed to it.

I certainly wouldn't weep for them if they lost their own jobs over all of this. It might be an object lesson to other DJs about the limits of these kinds of stunts.
 
2012-12-07 12:35:25 PM  

BigNumber12: what's the worse that could happen


Why do people do this?


Oh, because language is evolving. I always forget that.
 
2012-12-07 12:36:18 PM  

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


i.dailymail.co.uk\
O RLY?
 
2012-12-07 12:36:18 PM  
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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.


Yeah, it was absolutely heinous. They made a prank call. I think the death penalty is appropriate.


/farkin idiot
 
2012-12-07 12:37:12 PM  
Obama killed her?
 
2012-12-07 12:37:23 PM  

reillan: 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.

Yes and no. If the person was already nearly-suicidal, it may have pushed them over the edge. It's still the pranksters fault for being douchenozzels to a sweet person, but the problem with pranksters is they don't tend to think about the people they might be hurting, using the "it's all in good fun" defense.


For the lulz
 
2012-12-07 12:37:27 PM  
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
 
2012-12-07 12:37:30 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.


Except this was the most prestigious hospital in the UK handling the most prestigious patient which is now not only a laughingstock but could result in real penalties and its all on her shoulders, she alone blew it. It's easy for us to laugh about but I can understand why she might feel stress, it's a mistake that could have ended her career.
 
2012-12-07 12:38:35 PM  
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.
 
2012-12-07 12:38:39 PM  
Everyone who listens to Morning Zoo type radio should be ashamed.

What? And now someone's gone and killed herself!
 
2012-12-07 12:38:46 PM  

monoski: Obama killed her?


I knew it! That villain
 
2012-12-07 12:38:53 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Hmmmm....wondering if the radio pranksters will be indicted for manslaughter.

/not snark, srsly


I doubt it. Prank-call victims get mad, and sometimes they even get scared depending on the type or frequency of call. Everyone knows this; it's the reason people make prank calls, and why they are jerks for doing so. But nobody ever anticipates that the victim of a prank call might kill themselves, especially when you only call them once. That just isn't a part of normal human psychology, or even most abnormal human psychologies. No one would expect it; no one would even entertain the possibility. Indeed, we'd look at someone who anticipated the possibility as overthinking things.

End result: the pranksters are jerks, but I don't think it's fair to hold them liable for manslaughter. No one could have foreseen this. These guys are going to have to carry the weight of the fact that their actions led to someone's death, even though they didn't mean it, and that will prove to be punishment enough.
 
2012-12-07 12:39:41 PM  
She can be reincarnated as a DJ on a morning radio zoo.
 
2012-12-07 12:39:41 PM  

ITGreen: *worst?


heh heh...subby beat my submission by 2 minutes and farked it up.

/my headline may have been better, but wasn't anything special
//still goose-egging the greens
 
2012-12-07 12:39:49 PM  
It wasn't even as if she was the one who gave out private information. From what I read elsewhere, she just transfered the call to the private nurse.

So she did get socially engineered, (stupidly. Like the queen doesn't have Prince William's mobile number?) but was that embarrasing enough to end it all?

Wow.

Cue the conspiracy theories though.

I think the Queen came out of the shadows like a ninja, and suffocated her with a plastic bag.
 
2012-12-07 12:40:15 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.


Agreed. Nobody who isn't already very seriously suicidal would end their life over something so trivial. Hell, I think back to the times where I was suicidal (hooray for meds!), and of all the things that could have made me snap, a prank call wasn't even on the list.
 
2012-12-07 12:41:07 PM  

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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.

Yeah, it was absolutely heinous. They made a prank call. I think the death penalty is appropriate.


/farkin idiot


He called the pranksters douchebags. Where'd you get the death penalty from?

And you don't find prank-calling a hospital about a patient's medical info douchbaggy?

/farkin' idiot
 
2012-12-07 12:41:25 PM  
Holy shiat.

gilgigamesh: 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.

I don't know, man. That's a stretch. Some people are one minor speeding ticket or rejected date proposal away from killing themselves.


I dunno, the way I read his comment it came across as "the DJs are not blameless." I think he's right. The difference between a rejected date/speeding ticket and this is in this case the DJs did something wrong. There's nothing wrong with rejecting someone for a date.

But I also agree with you, someone who kills themselves over something like this also clearly had their own major issues, this was only the tipping factor.
 
2012-12-07 12:41:26 PM  

ElBarto79: 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.

Except this was the most prestigious hospital in the UK handling the most prestigious patient which is now not only a laughingstock but could result in real penalties and its all on her shoulders, she alone blew it. It's easy for us to laugh about but I can understand why she might feel stress, it's a mistake that could have ended her career.


And instead she chose to permanently end her career.

If she had actually done what Hospitals require (verifying caller identidy and such), the prank would've failed miserably, no one would be any wiser, and everyone would've moved on. Instead she had no problem handing out confidential information for some random person.

If anything this exposed a serious flaw in Hospital security. The fact that a couple random douchebags could call and get private medical information ON THE ROYAL FAMILY is scarier than anything else in this whole debacle.
 
2012-12-07 12:41:29 PM  
I'll bet those DJs are feeling pretty silly now.
Those wacky morning rascals.
 
2012-12-07 12:41:34 PM  
NEVER %$@K with the Royal Family
 
2012-12-07 12:41:41 PM  

Jument: Any relatively minor bit of douchebaggery might be enough to set them off.


Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

I would like to see these DJs lose their jobs at the least.
 
2012-12-07 12:42:08 PM  
So I'm clear on the rules, either (1) the DJ's were directly responsible for this death and should be considered the most heinous criminals imaginable; or (2) The DJ's are innocent choirboys unfairly associated with an affair in which they had absolutely no role. No other options, right?
 
2012-12-07 12:42:17 PM  
www.digitaltrends.com

Person of interest.
 
2012-12-07 12:42:19 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 was thinking more on the line of the nation's mental stability. If everyone around her was laughing about it as a good joke, she would not feel so terrible, I am guessing.
 
2012-12-07 12:42:22 PM  
I don't know, those brits are pretty crazy over their monarchy. If the queen and others said they were deeply disappointed with the nurse and her actions, I can see her killing herself.
 
2012-12-07 12:42:35 PM  
It was because she released those ultrasound pictures, wasn't it?

o.onionstatic.com
 
2012-12-07 12:42:36 PM  
You guys think it was "suicide"? Ha! She got Breitbarted.

Damn you! Fartlizabethbonga!!

/tinfoil hat off
 
2012-12-07 12:42:54 PM  

Millennium: OtherLittleGuy: Hmmmm....wondering if the radio pranksters will be indicted for manslaughter.

/not snark, srsly

I doubt it. Prank-call victims get mad, and sometimes they even get scared depending on the type or frequency of call. Everyone knows this; it's the reason people make prank calls, and why they are jerks for doing so. But nobody ever anticipates that the victim of a prank call might kill themselves, especially when you only call them once. That just isn't a part of normal human psychology, or even most abnormal human psychologies. No one would expect it; no one would even entertain the possibility. Indeed, we'd look at someone who anticipated the possibility as overthinking things.

End result: the pranksters are jerks, but I don't think it's fair to hold them liable for manslaughter. No one could have foreseen this. These guys are going to have to carry the weight of the fact that their actions led to someone's death, even though they didn't mean it, and that will prove to be punishment enough.


I agree that they have no legal culpability for her death, assuming she took her own life, but still, putting someone at risk of losing their job is a rotten "prank", irresponsible and malicious, no matter what the original intent was. I agree with posters above who think they ought to be shamed by their public and reprimanded by their own employers and leave it at that.
 
2012-12-07 12:42:59 PM  
Omen?
 
2012-12-07 12:43:17 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: 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.

Agreed. Nobody who isn't already very seriously suicidal would end their life over something so trivial. Hell, I think back to the times where I was suicidal (hooray for meds!), and of all the things that could have made me snap, a prank call wasn't even on the list.


A prank that could potential made her lose her job, make her the laughing stock in front of millions and ruin her professional career? Yea, if someone is already in a high stress job and depressed that could push them over the edge.
 
2012-12-07 12:43:54 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


"Uncle Freddy's dead? Oh my god, they killed Uncle Freddy!"

Come on, that shiat was hilarious!
 
2012-12-07 12:44:17 PM  

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

Person of interest.


Came just for that.

Though, to be frank, he'd probably be a bit more understanding.
 
2012-12-07 12:44:24 PM  
That chick Mel really has a face for radio, eh?

www.bellenews.com
 
2012-12-07 12:44:30 PM  
Well, looks like a couple of Aussies are about to be unemployed.

I hate prank calls anyway. The local morning show I listen to was talking about this on my way in to work. Glad they don't do shiat like this.
 
2012-12-07 12:44:51 PM  

Dinjiin: Jument: Any relatively minor bit of douchebaggery might be enough to set them off.

Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

I would like to see these DJs lose their jobs at the least.


I remember back when Opie and Anthony lost their job for saying the Mayor had been killed in a car accident on April Fools day. With the attention this story is receiving I'd be surprised if these DJs aren't fired.
 
2012-12-07 12:45:46 PM  

Clay Babcock: Omen?

Probably...
www.winonlyriders.net
 
2012-12-07 12:46:09 PM  

Dinjiin: Jument: Any relatively minor bit of douchebaggery might be enough to set them off.

Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

I would like to see these DJs lose their jobs at the least.


I'm not saying I agree with it, but it's the job of a DJ to create publicity for their employer. It would appear that they did their job very well in this case.
 
2012-12-07 12:46:33 PM  
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What an unfortunate series of events.
 
2012-12-07 12:46:52 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: So I'm clear on the rules, either (1) the DJ's were directly responsible for this death and should be considered the most heinous criminals imaginable; or (2) The DJ's are innocent choirboys unfairly associated with an affair in which they had absolutely no role. No other options, right?


I think that about sums it up.
 
2012-12-07 12:46:53 PM  

Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.


And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.
 
2012-12-07 12:47:15 PM  
I told you Farkers. I said these people would be sent to Ol' Blighty's Gitmo.

I guess maybe the UK doesn't have a Gitmo so they just dispose of their problems.
 
2012-12-07 12:47:44 PM  
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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.

Yeah, it was absolutely heinous. They made a prank call. I think the death penalty is appropriate.


/farkin idiot

He called the pranksters douchebags. Where'd you get the death penalty from?

And you don't find prank-calling a hospital about a patient's medical info douchbaggy?

/farkin' idiot


It's a silly exaggeration.
Kind of like blaming the DJs for her death. You may now return to your regularly scheduled stupidity.
 
2012-12-07 12:47:49 PM  

LeroyBourne: I don't know, those brits are pretty crazy over their monarchy. If the queen and others said they were deeply disappointed with the nurse and her actions, I can see her killing herself.


Well then I would hold the qeen and others more responsible than the callers.
 
2012-12-07 12:48:53 PM  

Clay Babcock: Omen?


Good.
 
2012-12-07 12:48:57 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.


Do you also think Amanda Todd's tormentor did nothing wrong? She never should have sent him those pictures anyway right?
 
2012-12-07 12:49:05 PM  
Morning zoo DJs are the lowest form of life imaginable. Exhibit A:

i.huffpost.com
 
2012-12-07 12:49:10 PM  

r1niceboy: 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?

Well, they're Australian.


You know who else was from Australia?
 
2012-12-07 12:49:15 PM  

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


Six shots to the head with a five shot revolver. It'sa suicide!
 
2012-12-07 12:49:36 PM  
It would be funny if she was still alive and the hospital was just trolling the DJs back.
 
2012-12-07 12:49:56 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.


If you actually had a king or queen you were taught to revere from birth, you might be able to imagine the crushing, accidental betrayal she must have been feeling, regardless of if suicide played a role in her death.
 
2012-12-07 12:50:00 PM  
It was MJ 12!!!
 
2012-12-07 12:50:22 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.


It wasn't her farking job, moron.
 
2012-12-07 12:50:51 PM  

PirateKing: I think the Queen came out of the shadows like a ninja, and suffocated her with a plastic bag.


That's what MI-6 is for.
 
2012-12-07 12:51:05 PM  

kombat_unit: r1niceboy: 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?

Well, they're Australian.

You know who else was from Australia?


i.ytimg.com

/hotness
 
2012-12-07 12:51:29 PM  
"The deceased was found bludgeoned to death with a corgi."
 
2012-12-07 12:51:41 PM  
MI-5 didn't waste any time on this one. Guess they are still taking flack for letting Diana go on as long as she did.
 
2012-12-07 12:52:06 PM  

Jairzinho: Clay Babcock: Omen?
Probably...
[www.winonlyriders.net image 500x333]

Yep.
 
2012-12-07 12:52:18 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.


Yes, in a perfect world, that's exactly what should have happened.

Over here in the real world, social hacking is the most effective and easy form of hacking the a reason. People -- even smart, professionals who know better -- can often be tricked into giving up information that they shouldn't have.

The DJs clearly thought that they were clever enough to get past a nurse and they were right. Pity that they weren't clever enough to realize that tricking someone into jeopardizing their career might have ramifications between a good larf.

I'm sure that they know that now, though. I would say that the destruction of their own careers that's in progress should constitute a fine example of karmic irony.
 
2012-12-07 12:53:21 PM  

BigNumber12: BigNumber12: what's the worse that could happen


Why do people do this?

Oh, because language is evolving. I always forget that.


And revolving at 900 miles an hour
 
2012-12-07 12:54:50 PM  
When your job is humiliating and bullying people on the radio you have to imagine that something like this might happen one day. fark these guys. As for the call itself a) If the Queen called you I bet you'd shiat your pants too and b) people see what they're expecting so see which is why she believed it was the Queen despite the odd accents, there's science to prove it and everything.
 
2012-12-07 12:55:03 PM  
Gitmo material.
 
2012-12-07 12:55:16 PM  

lennavan: someone who kills themselves over something like this also clearly had their own major issues, this was only the tipping factor.


There may not have been major issues needing just a tip. When you see yourself being mocked on the front page of every newspaper in the world and you see Piers Morgan on CNN discussing what a gullible moron you are, the stress and embarrassment from that alone could be enough to say 'fark it'. Issues, maybe, but perhaps she was just a typical self-conscious girl. I don't know how I'd react to the whole planet laughing at me... Maybe I wouldn't care, maybe I'd retreat to a cave in the mountains till the whole thing was blown over or something.
 
2012-12-07 12:56:03 PM  
www.iceposter.com
 
2012-12-07 12:56:14 PM  
I always get confused with the name Kate Middleston, thinking its the girl who does the Dougie dance at the Lakers game,,, so everytime i click on the link, i'm dissapointed that the article is really just about the Prince's ugly wife.
 
2012-12-07 12:56:33 PM  
Ok, so am I the only one who jumped straight to the crazy conspiracy theory? I think it was the lizard people.
 
2012-12-07 12:56:49 PM  

doubled99: Electromax He called the pranksters douchebags. Where'd you get the death penalty from?

And you don't find prank-calling a hospital about a patient's medical info douchbaggy?
/farkin' idiot

It's a silly exaggeration.
Kind of like blaming the DJs for her death. You may now return to your regularly scheduled stupidity.
You're right, I was significantly more stupid than the person I was responding to by completely blowing what they said out of proportion. Had I read what he posted, I would have realized it wasn't really that disagreeable. I completely farked up and apologize.


Wow, not often you see an apology that gracious on Fark. We all realize you farked up but it was good of you to admit it. We can all move on now.
 
2012-12-07 12:57:17 PM  

Carth: Do you also think Amanda Todd's tormentor did nothing wrong?


I didn't realize her job was to not send naked pictures of herself. What does that have to do with this or my comment? Are you gonna pick another suicide that has nothing to do with this?

Amanda Todd was a very sad case, and yes the tormenter should be held accountable. Are you saying the DJs are as bad as that guy?
 
2012-12-07 12:57:39 PM  
She's probably not *really* dead.....She's just probably pining for the fjords."
 
2012-12-07 12:57:41 PM  
I don't know why they are giving the DJs such a hard time for this. The nurses involved should not have divulged confidential information over the phone. Queen or not, or do they not have the UK equivalent of HIPA in England?
 
2012-12-07 12:58:45 PM  

VegasVinnie: lennavan: someone who kills themselves over something like this also clearly had their own major issues, this was only the tipping factor.

There may not have been major issues needing just a tip. When you see yourself being mocked on the front page of every newspaper in the world and you see Piers Morgan on CNN discussing what a gullible moron you are, the stress and embarrassment from that alone could be enough to say 'fark it'. Issues, maybe, but perhaps she was just a typical self-conscious girl. I don't know how I'd react to the whole planet laughing at me... Maybe I wouldn't care, maybe I'd retreat to a cave in the mountains till the whole thing was blown over or something.


You could always turn it into a TV show.
 
2012-12-07 12:58:46 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.


I read that she was a nurse filling in for a receptionist for an early morning shift. How hard is it to answer the phone, right? Maybe she wasn't trained in protocol.

She could have been experiencing a lot of heat from the other nurses at the hospital and staff for damaging the reputation of the institutio. Making assumptions from her name, maybe she lost face her in community as well. Sad case.
 
2012-12-07 12:59:21 PM  
Suicide? I thought someone in the Royal family put a hit on her and made it look like she killed herself when I first read it.
 
2012-12-07 12:59:33 PM  
I suppose when need to remember this incident so we can throw it back at the future Royal someday.
 
2012-12-07 12:59:37 PM  

ChipNASA: She's probably not *really* dead.....She's just probably pining for the fjords."


They were afraid she would voom right out of there.
 
2012-12-07 12:59:43 PM  

Beeblebrox: VegasVinnie: lennavan: someone who kills themselves over something like this also clearly had their own major issues, this was only the tipping factor.

There may not have been major issues needing just a tip. When you see yourself being mocked on the front page of every newspaper in the world and you see Piers Morgan on CNN discussing what a gullible moron you are, the stress and embarrassment from that alone could be enough to say 'fark it'. Issues, maybe, but perhaps she was just a typical self-conscious girl. I don't know how I'd react to the whole planet laughing at me... Maybe I wouldn't care, maybe I'd retreat to a cave in the mountains till the whole thing was blown over or something.

You could always turn it into a TV show.

 
www.rickygervais.com
 
2012-12-07 01:00:26 PM  
is it just me or does it strike anyone else as absurd to die over a stupid harmless prank phone call?
 
2012-12-07 01:00:30 PM  
It would be awesome if she's pranking the DJ's.
 
2012-12-07 01:02:32 PM  

VegasVinnie: lennavan: someone who kills themselves over something like this also clearly had their own major issues, this was only the tipping factor.

There may not have been major issues needing just a tip. When you see yourself being mocked on the front page of every newspaper in the world and you see Piers Morgan on CNN discussing what a gullible moron you are


So I'll admit right now, I didn't pay that close attention to the story. But what I did hear about it, I never heard a nurses name being used. So I didn't see the Piers Morgan interview, but was he using this lady's name?

When I did hear about the story, it was about how a nurse released private information. The public seemed to direct its hatred to the nurse who released the info, whoever that was. This was not that nurse. This lady is just the one who connected the call, more akin to a receptionist. I didn't even know this lady existed until today.
 
2012-12-07 01:03:34 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Carth: Do you also think Amanda Todd's tormentor did nothing wrong?

I didn't realize her job was to not send naked pictures of herself. What does that have to do with this or my comment? Are you gonna pick another suicide that has nothing to do with this?

Amanda Todd was a very sad case, and yes the tormenter should be held accountable. Are you saying the DJs are as bad as that guy?


It wasn't the nurses job to screen phone calls. It was her job to provide medical care which according to the Royal Family she did a great job at.

I was trying to see where you draw the line. So apparently you agree that prolonged cyber bulling can lead to mental instability and the tormentor played some part in her death.

But for some reason you seem to be arguing that a mean spirited "prank" that results in hundreds of million questing her intelligence, whether she is fit for her job and if she should be charged for releasing medical information doesn't result in the DJs having any culpability at all. You don't have to think the DJs are solely responsible for her death just that had they not played that prank she would still be alive today.

Am I misunderstanding your position?
 
2012-12-07 01:03:39 PM  
Just a guess, but I think she had bigger issues.
 
2012-12-07 01:03:44 PM  
This kind of crap passes for entertainment in Australia? What a cesspool. It was better off as a penal colony. That bald dude from Midnight Oil is right, give it back.
 
2012-12-07 01:04:15 PM  
Don't fark around with Prince Phillip.
 
2012-12-07 01:04:57 PM  

srhp29: LeroyBourne: I don't know, those brits are pretty crazy over their monarchy. If the queen and others said they were deeply disappointed with the nurse and her actions, I can see her killing herself.

Well then I would hold the qeen and others more responsible than the callers.


If it were your grandson's wife and your future great grandson/daughter that people were stalking and pretending to be you to get information, I dare say you'd want the morning DJ guys strung up by their testicles in the public square and shot in the gut, so that they can bleed out and die slow over many hours. Disappointed with the nurse? Damn right you would be. You'd probably be suing the hospital as well.

...and that's another point. I'm guessing that the Queen made her disappointment known to the hospital administration and that they likely told the poor woman that she might still be employed, but she better learn to love cleaning bedpans in the psych ward. I have little doubt that helped her mental stability if that's the case.
 
2012-12-07 01:05:55 PM  
They should be run over by a subway car while a pakistani guy takes their picture.
 
2012-12-07 01:06:10 PM  
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. all they did was make one more prank call, all of which have, presumably, been condoned by their employers. just last week, a couple of guys from montreal prank called the canadian prime minister.

the fact that some lady killed herself does not make the prank call any better or worse than any other prank call ever made. either fire every dj who has ever made a prank call, or put this in perspective.

on the other hand, it really would be hilarious if they were faking this suicide story to get back at the djs.
 
2012-12-07 01:06:12 PM  

doubled99: The My Little Pony Killer Smartest
Funniest
2012-12-07 12:25:53 PM


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.

Yeah, it was absolutely heinous. They made a prank call. I think the death penalty is appropriate.


/farkin idiot



Sadly, that's what a lot of our fellow citizens actually believe. The sort of morons who just love creating new laws to restrict our Constitutional rights, because hey, right now it would be used against someone I don't like and I'd feel better. And they simply can't imagine how such laws could EVER be used against them. It's an odd fetish of the Left. Feel sympathy for a person or group who does something monstrous? Someone else must have FORCED THEM TO DO IT. See: Ravi Dharun / Tyler Clementi, Terry Jones / Muslim rioters, etc. 

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - on life support, and fading fast.
 
2012-12-07 01:06:22 PM  
profile.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2012-12-07 01:06:28 PM  
I didn't see anything that said she committed suicide. What if she had a heart attack or some other fatal event because of the stress induced by the DJs actions? Does that change the analysis? Now, it wasn't some choice she made. It was an involuntary response to someone else's reprehensible actions.
 
2012-12-07 01:07:36 PM  

EyeballKid: Morning zoo DJs are the lowest form of life imaginable. Exhibit A:

[i.huffpost.com image 260x190]


Yeah, Tim Hattrick is evil incarnate.
 
2012-12-07 01:08:15 PM  
I liked it much better when Steve Dahl phoned 867-5309 in Australia and asked for Jenny when the call was answered.
 
2012-12-07 01:08:20 PM  

Squeebee: PirateKing: I think the Queen came out of the shadows like a ninja, and suffocated her with a plastic bag.

That's what MI-6 is for.


This was PERSONAL.
 
2012-12-07 01:11:56 PM  

scottydoesntknow: ElBarto79: 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.

Except this was the most prestigious hospital in the UK handling the most prestigious patient which is now not only a laughingstock but could result in real penalties and its all on her shoulders, she alone blew it. It's easy for us to laugh about but I can understand why she might feel stress, it's a mistake that could have ended her career.

And instead she chose to permanently end her career.

If she had actually done what Hospitals require (verifying caller identidy and such), the prank would've failed miserably, no one would be any wiser, and everyone would've moved on. Instead she had no problem handing out confidential information for some random person.

If anything this exposed a serious flaw in Hospital security. The fact that a couple random douchebags could call and get private medical information ON THE ROYAL FAMILY is scarier than anything else in this whole debacle.


Pretty much this.

The DJs were being idiots by trying to pry open someone's medical records on the radio because famous people are automatically interesting, or something. Having prank-called the Queen and related in great detail the rivers of body fluids emanating from her in-law would have been much less-unfunny. It also wouldn't have worked because, unlike the hospital, the Palace doesn't employ as many idiots and would call the hospital back to vet the caller's credentials before saying boo. The hospital didn't do this and that was a really dumb move. Once you accept that the caller in fact someone important and you have a good-faith belief that you're talking to that person, any other mistakes the nurse made can be pretty quickly overlooked.

They made a moronic, ill-advised crank phone call. It wasn't like they asked the nurse not to pee for a few hours.
 
2012-12-07 01:12:23 PM  

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.
 
2012-12-07 01:12:32 PM  

Dinjiin: Jument: Any relatively minor bit of douchebaggery might be enough to set them off.

Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

I would like to see these DJs lose their jobs at the least.


If those DJs read your post and kill themselves, I want you banned from electronic communication at the least.
 
2012-12-07 01:13:29 PM  

Jument: I'm not saying I agree with it, but it's the job of a DJ to create publicity for their employer. It would appear that they did their job very well in this case.


Publicity, but without liability.

Remember the DJs in LA who had a promotion where people sat on dry ice in order to win a game console? In addition to widespread media attention, guess what else happened to the radio station after several people had to be rushed to the hospital due to frost bite?
 
2012-12-07 01:13:51 PM  
I would tell the DJ's to go to hell but they're Australians so there'd be little point.
 
2012-12-07 01:14:38 PM  
Meanwhile in the palace:
thesestonewalls.com
Another Ming dynasty vase to vomit in, m'lady?
 
2012-12-07 01:15:27 PM  
Has any thought that maybe the Royal family had her killed as a lesson to both the staff in the hospital and their subjects in that penal colony way down south? Does the Royal family see the world in the terms of their divine aristocratic mandate over the stinking, lowly commoners in the rest of the world? What other conspiracy theories come out of this? Am I just asking questions?

//Sad for the poor woman. Its tough when a bad day will drive you to such actions. It gets better, right?
 
2012-12-07 01:15:46 PM  
Morning zoos have consequences.
 
2012-12-07 01:15:56 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: If those DJs read your post and kill themselves, I want you banned from electronic communication at the least.


2/10
 
2012-12-07 01:17:33 PM  

scottydoesntknow: 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.

They didn't force or push her to take her life. She made that choice. She could've just said "yea I farked up, time to move on." But she chose a more permanent solution instead.

Does it suck? Yea, but it's not the DJs fault that she decided the only solution was suicide when it clearly wasn't.


But it is the DJs fault for being douchebags.
 
2012-12-07 01:19:52 PM  

tj614zu: [profile.ak.fbcdn.net image 160x160]


Dark and lonely on a summer night
Kill my DJ, kill my DJ
The watchdog barkin', do he bite?
Kill my DJ, kill my DJ
I slip in the window
I break his neck
Then his house I start to wreck.
Got no reason, what the heck.
Kill my DJ, kill my DJ.
C-I-L-L my DJ.

photos1.blogger.com
 
2012-12-07 01:20:06 PM  
The DJs should be arrested and charged with murder.
 
2012-12-07 01:20:17 PM  

Slaxl: Damn, ever since I saw this story first pop up in the queue I hoped it was just a terrible joke.


But the greenlight convinced you it's real? LOL!
 
2012-12-07 01:20:25 PM  
At least she wasn't sacked.
 
2012-12-07 01:20:31 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.


And your attitude about suicide says a lot about you.
 
2012-12-07 01:20:56 PM  

LL316: But it is the DJs fault for being douchebags


Ohh I agree with that 110%. But they have no responsibility for the woman killing herself.
 
2012-12-07 01:21:13 PM  
Damn you FatherChaos, for beating me to it, even using using the same pic I was gonna use until I checked.
 
2012-12-07 01:21:13 PM  
Every single "morning zoo" DJ on earth should be rounded up, thrown into a pit, and buried alive. They contribute less than nothing to the human race.
 
2012-12-07 01:21:46 PM  
gilgigamesh I don't know, man. That's a stretch. Some people are one minor speeding ticket or rejected date proposal away from killing themselves.

There's a police slang term for people who've never been in trouble with the law who commit suicide after DUI arrests. Aussie Media suspends their morning guys a lot-this is so high-profile it's in "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" territory-which forced their dj's to change their (fake) names & co-host with Regis Philbin!
http://jaydedonovan.com/
 
2012-12-07 01:21:47 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.


How do you screen the Queen of England? Have her confirm her birthdate? Mother's maiden name? Home address? Last four of her social?

Exactly what should she have done differently?
 
2012-12-07 01:21:53 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.


True, but I'd say it's reasonable to assume as a minimum, she'd get severely reprimanded, if not fired.
 
2012-12-07 01:22:02 PM  
Official reports will read:
Cause of death: "Without precedence, unexplained, unsolvable, suicide."

Case status: "Closed."
 
2012-12-07 01:22:10 PM  
Prank phone calls are the lowest form of humour, even below puns. Proof.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-07 01:22:24 PM  
Should we all ambush the pranksters for being morning zoo DJ idiots, or are the real culprits the administrators that badgered her for falling prey to this prank?

We will never know?
 
2012-12-07 01:23:39 PM  

BalugaJoe: The DJs should be arrested and charged with murder.


You should be charged with murder if anybody you've ever talked to killed themselves. Same absurdity
 
2012-12-07 01:23:43 PM  

Oscar_Madisons_cleaning_lady: At least she wasn't sacked.


Tagged & bagged more likely.
 
2012-12-07 01:24:12 PM  

TrixieDelite: How do you screen the Queen of England? Have her confirm her birthdate? Mother's maiden name? Home address? Last four of her social?


How do they screen other high profile people? I'm not in charge of it, but if someone can pretend to be the farking Queen of England and actually get through, that says a hell of a lot about the security measures there.
 
2012-12-07 01:24:19 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 think it was so much the prank itself but rather the after-effects of it on her life afterward. For all we know she could've been mocked ridiculed, laugh at at work, public etc.

Keep in mind this is England where they are already obsessed about KM. This nurse may have become an outcast and social pariah once the story broke.
 
2012-12-07 01:25:09 PM  
Here's my question: the radio hosts misrepresented themselves in order to gain access to information that, in the hands of the regular news-media, would have constituted an extremely valuable exclusive story.

I don't know the Australian or British legal systems very well, but given that the incentive for financial gain was clearly present, doesn't this make their behavior a criminal attempt to defraud? And wouldn't this open them up to liability for the death and/or criminal manslaughter?
 
2012-12-07 01:25:21 PM  

LL316: But it is the DJs fault for being douchebags.


If that were illegal, we could solve the debt crisis overnight.
 
2012-12-07 01:25:43 PM  
Reason # 4992387477300023883092 why there shouldn't be DJ's anywhere in the world.

What really gets me is that you know they are sitting there not feeling one shred of responsibility for it.
 
2012-12-07 01:25:57 PM  

TrixieDelite: Exactly what should she have done differently?


When I receive an unsolicited call requesting sensitive information, I call them back by looking up their company in a phone directory. So in this case, the nurse filling in for the receptionist could have called the palace's switchboard, who could have then transferred her to the queen.
 
2012-12-07 01:27:53 PM  

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?....
 
2012-12-07 01:28:14 PM  
maybe Australian law is sufficiently different, but there is precedent for penalties...
www.insiderexclusive.com
 
2012-12-07 01:28:30 PM  

PirateKing: It wasn't even as if she was the one who gave out private information. From what I read elsewhere, she just transfered the call to the private nurse.

So she did get socially engineered, (stupidly. Like the queen doesn't have Prince William's mobile number?) but was that embarrasing enough to end it all?

Wow.

Cue the conspiracy theories though.

I think the Queen came out of the shadows like a ninja, and suffocated her with a plastic bag.


Actually, I'm sad to say that the first thing I thought before suicide was "holy crap, they killed her?!?" Then I couldn't figure out if it was the hospital or the royals who killed her. Then I realized suicide was possible.

/Then I had a sandwich.
 
2012-12-07 01:28:57 PM  

FatherChaos: Person of interest.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-07 01:29:18 PM  
1. Did the DJ's have the direct dial of the nursing station?

2. If not, then the blame goes to the switchboard - if they have one

/ sorry ...Link http://www.realmofdarkness.net/pc/calls/arnold/lrs
 
2012-12-07 01:29:44 PM  
Lots of stupid in this thread, might as well add my own 2¢.

Clearly she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders because of what happened but we'll have to wait until the autopsy to see what the cause of death was.

Yeah, DJs pull stupid stunts like this all the time, even on situations such as these. Should they be fired for it? No; no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, k? This is not like someone cutting off the brakes of a car as a joke, the driver subsequently drives said car and is either severely injured or dies as a result. There is no direct correlation between their stunt and this woman dying.

Should they be admonished for it in some form? Yeah, absolutely. Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."
 
2012-12-07 01:31:20 PM  

wjllope: maybe Australian law is sufficiently different, but there is precedent for penalties...
[www.insiderexclusive.com image 294x180]


Except that's a different scenario. That contest led directly to a woman's death because of lack of safety measures performed.

Would you have held them responsible if one of the losers went home and killed themselves because they didn't get a Wii?
 
2012-12-07 01:31:24 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: 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.

Agreed. Nobody who isn't already very seriously suicidal would end their life over something so trivial. Hell, I think back to the times where I was suicidal (hooray for meds!), and of all the things that could have made me snap, a prank call wasn't even on the list.


I could have made this comment after any number of "it was adjust a joke" comments but I'll stop at yours. Many health care professionals take great pride in their job and take it very seriously.

This nurses job was to care for her patient and PROTECT her from intrusions like this. Not only did she fail, but she failed very publicly. She committed malpractice and did so in a way that was publicized world wide.

"Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest."
 
2012-12-07 01:31:28 PM  
cn1.kaboodle.com
 
2012-12-07 01:32:08 PM  

Dinjiin: TrixieDelite: Exactly what should she have done differently?

When I receive an unsolicited call requesting sensitive information, I call them back by looking up their company in a phone directory. So in this case, the nurse filling in for the receptionist could have called the palace's switchboard, who could have then transferred her to the queen.


Agreed, if the hospital in question is the standard go-to spot for the royal family, they should have better trained their staff on such security protocol.

As it is, I just don't see any way of putting any blame on the shoulders of an innocent nurse whose job is to provide medical care, not to deal with an over-aggressive media.
 
2012-12-07 01:32:23 PM  
Submitted with better headline: "Can't take a joke all time winner."
 
2012-12-07 01:32:28 PM  
When DJ's prank call Sara Palin, or some other world figure who intentionally puts themself in the spotlight, I'm fine with it. Powerful and pompous people deserve all the lampooning we can throw at them.

It's quite another thing to engage a lowly nurse in such a high profile prank. Anyone with even an ounce of empathy and compassion should realize that such a prank, if successful, would destroy her career and reputation.

I feel bad when the lives of honest, working people are shredded so the rest of us can enjoy 30 seconds of moderate amusement.
 
2012-12-07 01:33:21 PM  
Nurse: Good morning ma'am this is the nurses station how may I help you?

Greig: Hello I'm just after my granddaughter Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going

Nurse: She's sleeping at the moment and has had an uneventful night, sleep is good for her. She's been given some fluids to re-hydrate her as she was quite dehydrated when she came in. But she's stable at the moment.


That was way too easy.
 
2012-12-07 01:36:35 PM  
This has similarities to the Rutgers' Tyler Clementi video and his resultant suicide.

1) Rampant douchebaggery was the trigger.

2) Combined with a fragile psyche, and the target can't live with it.

On the other hand, one does need to look at the environment these people were in. Why was this woman so utterly mortified that she would take her own life?

What a shiatty situation. Many say, well if the targets were well adjusted or had strong psyches, they would shrug it off and/or seek vengeance themselves. But the problem is that it's the fragile psyches, the self-attackers, that provide the highest satisfaction to douchebags and inflict the highest costs on themselves.

First rule of life - You gotta be your own best friend, best advocate, best caretaker.
Second rule of life - Don't f--king attack yourself. The world is more than happy to do it for you.


I think it's safe to say these douchebags, either Dharun Ravi or these DJs, didn't intend for anyone to die. But sometimes douchebaggery has unexpected consequences. I think Ravi learned a lesson after he got run through the wringer. Net result is that Ravi will likely be much more circumspect with his douchebaggery. I hope these DJs learn a lesson too.
 
2012-12-07 01:36:50 PM  

Rwa2play: Lots of stupid in this thread, might as well add my own 2¢.

Clearly she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders because of what happened but we'll have to wait until the autopsy to see what the cause of death was.

Yeah, DJs pull stupid stunts like this all the time, even on situations such as these. Should they be fired for it? No; no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, k? This is not like someone cutting off the brakes of a car as a joke, the driver subsequently drives said car and is either severely injured or dies as a result. There is no direct correlation between their stunt and this woman dying.

Should they be admonished for it in some form? Yeah, absolutely. Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."


That basically means they will be fired.
 
2012-12-07 01:37:55 PM  

scottydoesntknow: wjllope: maybe Australian law is sufficiently different, but there is precedent for penalties...
[www.insiderexclusive.com image 294x180]

Except that's a different scenario. That contest led directly to a woman's death because of lack of safety measures performed.

Would you have held them responsible if one of the losers went home and killed themselves because they didn't get a Wii?


no - I probably shouldn't have posted the pic. It's just that remembered it and it seemed sort-of relevant in terms DJs possibly acting recklessly. But it isn't really... cheers
 
2012-12-07 01:38:26 PM  
The fact that anyone in this thread responded to anyone with the words 'My Little Pony" or "Brony" in this thread proves the retardation of said posters.

/idiots falling for the biggest trolls out there.
 
2012-12-07 01:40:07 PM  

wjllope: scottydoesntknow: wjllope: maybe Australian law is sufficiently different, but there is precedent for penalties...
[www.insiderexclusive.com image 294x180]

Except that's a different scenario. That contest led directly to a woman's death because of lack of safety measures performed.

Would you have held them responsible if one of the losers went home and killed themselves because they didn't get a Wii?

no - I probably shouldn't have posted the pic. It's just that remembered it and it seemed sort-of relevant in terms DJs possibly acting recklessly. But it isn't really... cheers


You're good. First thing I thought of too ("Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest). But yea those people were definitely responsible for that death.
 
2012-12-07 01:40:16 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.


Actually if you search "youtube" for pranks you will find that, apparently, tricking someone into smacking themselves in the nuts with a shovel, or just punching them in the junk is considered a prank. Prank calls, while low on the totem pole, are funnier than those.
 
2012-12-07 01:40:39 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Rwa2play: Lots of stupid in this thread, might as well add my own 2¢.

Clearly she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders because of what happened but we'll have to wait until the autopsy to see what the cause of death was.

Yeah, DJs pull stupid stunts like this all the time, even on situations such as these. Should they be fired for it? No; no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, k? This is not like someone cutting off the brakes of a car as a joke, the driver subsequently drives said car and is either severely injured or dies as a result. There is no direct correlation between their stunt and this woman dying.

Should they be admonished for it in some form? Yeah, absolutely. Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."

That basically means they will be fired.


They could be hired as Fark mods
 
2012-12-07 01:40:49 PM  
Bob and Tom, before syndication, did a thing where if you were pregnant, you could call in, they'd connect you to your husband, and you could announce to him on air your pregnancy.  They stopped when one husband's response was "Either I have a divorce case or a malpractice case because I secretly got a vasectomy 6 months ago."
 
2012-12-07 01:42:31 PM  

jst3p: 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.

Actually if you search "youtube" for pranks you will find that, apparently, tricking someone into smacking themselves in the nuts with a shovel, or just punching them in the junk is considered a prank. Prank calls, while low on the totem pole, are funnier than those.


I would also like to add that a prank call led to one of the funniest fark posts of all time:

Link

CTRL + F tard shocking school
 
2012-12-07 01:43:08 PM  

tj614zu: [profile.ak.fbcdn.net image 160x160]


Burn down the disco, haaaanng the blessed DJ...
 
2012-12-07 01:43:35 PM  
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.

/Support Command.
 
2012-12-07 01:43:43 PM  

monoski: Obama killed her?


Nah, it was Daniel Craig.
 
2012-12-07 01:44:04 PM  

jst3p: jst3p: 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.

Actually if you search "youtube" for pranks you will find that, apparently, tricking someone into smacking themselves in the nuts with a shovel, or just punching them in the junk is considered a prank. Prank calls, while low on the totem pole, are funnier than those.

I would also like to add that a prank call led to one of the funniest fark posts of all time:

Link

CTRL + F tard shocking school


Sorry that thread was commemorating the original

Link
 
2012-12-07 01:46:07 PM  
Reasonably foreseeable outcome?

No. Okay, moving on.
 
2012-12-07 01:46:19 PM  
You know who else was an Austrian douchebag?
 
2012-12-07 01:46:20 PM  

TrixieDelite: scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.

How do you screen the Queen of England? Have her confirm her birthdate? Mother's maiden name? Home address? Last four of her social?

Exactly what should she have done differently?


Any time I've been in the hospital they have you create a password or code that you tell your family so they can be patched through to your room. Even getting a hint for my hotmail password requires knowledge of a few preset trivia questions. I'm sure there were already a few measures at least like this if not more sophisticated in place.

As awkward as it would be to say "I'm sorry, Your Highness, that's not the secret password," that's what she was supposed to have done.
 
2012-12-07 01:46:21 PM  
I'm sure that she's gotten more hell from the hospital than they're letting on. "Support", my ass. They probably started by reading her the riot act, then threatened to ruin her career.
 
2012-12-07 01:47:22 PM  
Kudos to her for taking her job so seriously.
 
2012-12-07 01:47:38 PM  
Do you know what would be really funny?

Phone the DJ's, say you are from the Attorney General's office and you have received a formal request for extradition from Scotland Yard and they are to surrender their passports while the legal paperwork is done.

Then put the recording on youtube for every to laugh at while they crap their pants.
 
2012-12-07 01:48:25 PM  
Many people in this thread are saying, correctly, that it doesn't necessarily take a lot to push a depressed person over the edge to suicide.

The question is whether, knowing that, you would still go around being a dick to people for no good reason. If yes, you might just be a complete asshole.
 
2012-12-07 01:48:55 PM  

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


Send her this way, Ill deliver a punishment. Naughty, dirty punishment.

/Yes Id hit it
//dont feel as ashamed as I probably should
 
2012-12-07 01:48:56 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.


This
 
2012-12-07 01:49:24 PM  
Was it Weenie and the Butt?

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-07 01:50:20 PM  

Rwa2play: Should they be admonished for it in some form? Yeah, absolutely. Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."


I think they're going to be admonished in the spectrum of 'their radio broadcasting career is beyond over'. Good luck getting another radio job anywhere in the Commonwealth after causing the suicide of someone charged with caring for the person carrying the potential future King/Queen. Or another job period, really.
 
2012-12-07 01:50:20 PM  
lennavan Smartest
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2012-12-07 01:12:23 PM


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.
Wow, that was dumb. Sorry,I often post idiocies because I don't take the time to think and just spew whatever crap comes up. My bad.


That's fair. Cheers to you!
 
2012-12-07 01:51:57 PM  
Rather listen to these guys:
greatermedia.com
 
2012-12-07 01:52:23 PM  

T.rex: I always get confused with the name Kate Middleston, thinking its the girl who does the Dougie dance at the Lakers game


You are definitely confused. That's Kate Upton.
 
2012-12-07 01:53:05 PM  
Auto-erotic hanging David Caradine style? Article does not say if she was two knuckles deep when they found her.
 
2012-12-07 01:56:26 PM  

doubled99: That's fair. Cheers to you!


Hehe, I see you're upset by my comment to you.
 
2012-12-07 01:56:36 PM  

Occam's Taser: Secondly, the Aussie DJs are douchebags, but would be in no way responsible for crazy old lady mother of two young children suicide.


Delibelled that for you.
 
2012-12-07 01:56:53 PM  
I got mail! Yayyyyy!
 
2012-12-07 01:58:42 PM  
Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."


No matter what happens, unless the outcome is *not* suicide, those two have no further career on the radio. Their on-air time is over. In fact, they'll be lucky if someone doesn't kill them.

Am I advocating that? No. Just saying it's likely.
 
2012-12-07 02:00:54 PM  
img803.imageshack.us
...... Fark.........
 
2012-12-07 02:01:23 PM  

TheSignPost: Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."


No matter what happens, unless the outcome is *not* suicide, those two have no further career on the radio. Their on-air time is over. In fact, they'll be lucky if someone doesn't kill them.

Am I advocating that? No. Just saying it's likely.


Why are the DJs deaths/murders likely? What have they done to warrant murder?
 
2012-12-07 02:04:23 PM  

Millennium: OtherLittleGuy: Hmmmm....wondering if the radio pranksters will be indicted for manslaughter.

/not snark, srsly

I doubt it. Prank-call victims get mad, and sometimes they even get scared depending on the type or frequency of call. Everyone knows this; it's the reason people make prank calls, and why they are jerks for doing so. But nobody ever anticipates that the victim of a prank call might kill themselves, especially when you only call them once. That just isn't a part of normal human psychology, or even most abnormal human psychologies. No one would expect it; no one would even entertain the possibility. Indeed, we'd look at someone who anticipated the possibility as overthinking things.

End result: the pranksters are jerks, but I don't think it's fair to hold them liable for manslaughter. No one could have foreseen this. These guys are going to have to carry the weight of the fact that their actions led to someone's death, even though they didn't mean it, and that will prove to be punishment enough.


That was an extremely insightful comment.

/Or, "This"
 
2012-12-07 02:05:06 PM  

scottydoesntknow: TheSignPost: Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."


No matter what happens, unless the outcome is *not* suicide, those two have no further career on the radio. Their on-air time is over. In fact, they'll be lucky if someone doesn't kill them.

Am I advocating that? No. Just saying it's likely.

Why are the DJs deaths/murders likely? What have they done to warrant murder?



Have you read any of the press? Any of the "I hope you die" sentiment in response to her death?

What have they done to *warrant* being killed? Nothing. But that wasn't the point I was making.
 
2012-12-07 02:06:17 PM  

BigNumber12: BigNumber12: what's the worse that could happen


Why do people do this?

Oh, because language is evolving. I always forget that.


Getting a word wrong in an age-old phrase is not evolving. For all intense and purposes, what you did would be "devolving".
 
2012-12-07 02:06:54 PM  
ok, when are DJs going to learn that they cannot do what the Fark they want on the radio. Link to another set of Djs where the prank did not end so well for them.
Link
Saying that I don't think they can be blamed for the death of the nurse. What if the Kate's baby miscarries due to stress of the nurse dying, will they be responsible for that? Then England go to war with Australia for death of a royal. OMG DJS started world war 3 with prank call!
 
2012-12-07 02:07:21 PM  
This is why you're supposed to fake the prank call.
 
2012-12-07 02:08:43 PM  
lennavan Smartest
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2012-12-07 01:56:26 PM


doubled99: That's fair. Cheers to you!

Hehe, I see you're upset by my comment to you.


Absolutely. I have been literally crying tears of impotent rage for an hour and am currently writhing in frustration at my inability to get at you through the computer. Your combination of surgical like evisceration of posts and detached cool is devastating.
You are truly Troll Elite.
 
2012-12-07 02:10:32 PM  

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.


They're morning show "personalities" for a radio station. Being douchebags is their job.
 
2012-12-07 02:12:11 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Carth: Do you also think Amanda Todd's tormentor did nothing wrong?

I didn't realize her job was to not send naked pictures of herself. What does that have to do with this or my comment? Are you gonna pick another suicide that has nothing to do with this?

Amanda Todd was a very sad case, and yes the tormenter should be held accountable. Are you saying the DJs are as bad as that guy?


So I suppose you don't blame Javon's girlfriend for him killing himself either? If she hadn't been standing in front of his gun when he fired at her multiple times, he would not have killed her thus immediately sending him into a state of painful remorse where he felt his only escape was to blow his own brains out in front of his GM and Coach. Someone should sue her.
 
2012-12-07 02:12:35 PM  
How do we know that this isn't just an elaborate prank to prank the pranksters?

/prank
 
2012-12-07 02:12:45 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes, what you did would be "devolving".


...like using "intense" there

/or did I just step into a meme?
 
2012-12-07 02:14:22 PM  
Oh, and if this is not a prank: where's the vaunted English stiff upper lip?
 
2012-12-07 02:18:46 PM  
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.
 
2012-12-07 02:23:08 PM  
// exit fark mode

This poor lady was just living her life, working everyday and suddenly got pushed into a world wide news story by being ridiculed by these radio idiots. Mentally stable or not, that's a lot for anyone to endure. I always thought a joke was funny if BOTH people got a laugh out of it, not just the prankster.

// ok, back to my life on fark.
 
2012-12-07 02:23:21 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.


None of the posters of this comment need help. it was the person who is dead that needed help. I would not have wanted to be one of the dead nurses patients seeing how mentally fragile she was.
 
2012-12-07 02:24:16 PM  
What a suicide-inducing radio jockey may look like: www.wearysloth.com

/too obscure?
 
2012-12-07 02:25:16 PM  

DickDarlington: I always thought a joke was funny if BOTH people got a laugh out of it, not just the prankster.


This. Anything else and you're just being a dick.
 
2012-12-07 02:28:45 PM  
In my mind the DJ's crossed the line when they attempted to induce someone to break the law by doing something they well knew to be illegal (releasing private patient information). Not only should they lose their jobs, they should be facing charges. The hospital broke the law by releasing private information, the DJ's broke the law by accessing private information.

Let's say some DJ's call some random schmuck and pretend to be his next door neighbor. They tell him they're trapped in the basement and he needs to come and break into the house to set him free. The guy does so and is shot dead by the homeowner who has no idea what is going on and believes a burglar is breaking into his house. Are the DJ's off the hook? Can they simply say "Oh it was just a PRANK! He should have confirmed who we were before he broke the law"?

Playing a joke on someone is one thing, tricking someone into breaking the law, whether that person should know better or not, is going too far, period.
 
2012-12-07 02:28:58 PM  

sleep lack: [img803.imageshack.us image 850x462]
...... Fark.........


Nice. Exactly what I was reminded of.
 
2012-12-07 02:31:01 PM  
the djs admited they didnt think their prank would succeed.We'ver all participated in a phone prank of somesort at least once and the fact that this one may have lead to a suicide sucks but it was still just a prank and one whose tradition doesnt generally result in death.Quality nurses are becoming a highly priced commodity and civilization at large cant afford to lose one whose career was still on the upswing. The djs' are schmucks but not malicious
 
2012-12-07 02:31:22 PM  

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

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 228x177]\
O RLY?


.
Want to know how I know you were born after the Clinton administration?
 
2012-12-07 02:34:18 PM  

bonobo73: What a suicide-inducing radio jockey may look like: [www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

/too obscure?


The Fisher King is not obscure dude!
 
2012-12-07 02:34:46 PM  

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

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 228x177]\
O RLY?

.
Want to know how I know you were born after the Clinton administration?


Wanna know how I know you're trollin'?


/adios pendejo
 
2012-12-07 02:36:01 PM  

minnesotaboy: Was it Weenie and the Butt?


images4.wikia.nocookie.net

No way..they already got canned. Its Dingo and the Baby now.
 
2012-12-07 02:37:50 PM  

Lego_Addict: The Fisher King is not obscure dude!


preshrunk.info

hypenotice.com

The Dude in Fisher King is slightly more obscure than the other Dude. 

/Kaoru Bettu FTW
 
2012-12-07 02:37:51 PM  

Millennium: OtherLittleGuy: Hmmmm....wondering if the radio pranksters will be indicted for manslaughter.

/not snark, srsly

I doubt it. Prank-call victims get mad, and sometimes they even get scared depending on the type or frequency of call. Everyone knows this; it's the reason people make prank calls, and why they are jerks for doing so. But nobody ever anticipates that the victim of a prank call might kill themselves, especially when you only call them once. That just isn't a part of normal human psychology, or even most abnormal human psychologies. No one would expect it; no one would even entertain the possibility. Indeed, we'd look at someone who anticipated the possibility as overthinking things.

End result: the pranksters are jerks, but I don't think it's fair to hold them liable for manslaughter. No one could have foreseen this. These guys are going to have to carry the weight of the fact that their actions led to someone's death, even though they didn't mean it, and that will prove to be punishment enough.


Except... the law already has something about that. It's called the "you take your victim as you find him rule", otherwise known as the eggshell skull rule. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggshell_skull

If you trespass and cause someone a heart attack, it's your fault. If you prank someone and they kill themselves? I'm unsure if that'd be enough, but I'd have to see the case.
 
2012-12-07 02:38:13 PM  

bonobo73: /too obscure?


biatch...please....you must be new here.
 
2012-12-07 02:39:15 PM  

bonobo73: What a suicide-inducing radio jockey may look like: [www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

/too obscure?


Films nominated for numerous Academy Awards are the opposite of obscure.
 
2012-12-07 02:40:12 PM  
Have we heard ANYTHING about HOW she might have actually died, other than the reports of her just being found dead?
 
2012-12-07 02:40:31 PM  
DickDarlington: I always thought a joke was funny if BOTH people got a laugh out of it, not just the prankster.


Nearly every joke has a "victim".
The victim rarely finds it funny. Even when it is.
 
2012-12-07 02:41:17 PM  
I can't wait for the conspiracy nuts to generate a story for this one.
 
2012-12-07 02:44:15 PM  

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.


Lots of people care. Lots of people think obtaining medical records under false pretenses is a serious crime that should have resulted in these farkers being charged in the UK in absentia. Lots of people think that people who fark up other people's lives without a care in the world should be dealt with harshly ALL the time.

So Just because you dont care doesnt mean noone else does.
 
2012-12-07 02:44:24 PM  
Of course... that's what they expect us to believe.

/I swear I don't wear a tinfoil hat
 
2012-12-07 02:45:18 PM  
I swear I read in a different article that the police were considering charges against the DJs for impersonation fraud, but now I can't find it. Turns out that what they did was against Australian broadcasting rules too. Oh, and it might considered wiretapping in the UK if you record another person without their consent and then share it with others.

Regardless of the outcome, your prank pretty much sucks from the get go if one or more parts of it are illegal. Doubly so if you then share it in public as widely as possible.
 
2012-12-07 02:48:38 PM  
Wow.

I don't see where TFA mentions suicide in any way, either accidentally or deliberately. While it's possible of course, maybe even probable, it could also be a tragic coincidence. My first thought was actually some Royal Family thug, or some rabid Royalist fan, got to her.

TFA also doesn't mention that she ever actually violated her job's accepted screening practices. Especially in a highly publicized incident like this, it would likely be a firing offense if she did violate whatever rules she had, but she wasn't fired. Embarassed, yes, enough to commit suicide, yes possibly, if she was already hanging by a frayed thread. But she didn't necessarily do anything wrong whatsoever. I'll also guess that health information protection in the U.K. may be quite different than in the U.S.

Still, DJ's pulling a stunt that could get someone fired, especially harried hospital personnel, do deserve to be the ones fired themselves. There seems to be no doubt they did that much, at least. And you know they must be feeling miserable over not thinking out their cunning plan all the way through and dealing with the yet-unconfirmed possibility that it was a suicide. And of course, they will be labeled for it for the rest of their lives regardless of the autopsy outcome. This followup part of the story will never get the publicity that the first part has. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost, but not quite.

I do feel very sorry for the woman's family, that's for sure.
 
2012-12-07 02:49:20 PM  
A prank call can be funny IF it succeeding is a: not illegal and b: likely to be funny to everyone concerned after the fact.

A prank call around a sick pregnant woman in hospital isnt even slightly funny under and circumstances. There just isnt any way this could have been a legitimate thing to do for lulz. It treats everyone concerned as your personal playthings without giving a fark about their lives.

At least these particular shiatbags should be out of the media forever.
 
2012-12-07 02:55:58 PM  
No, your missing the black helicopters. The royal family made her "disappear".

the death was faked, and they moved her to a "secure location" because she knows the sex of the baby. she'll be kept in seclusion for a year and then released under a new name.

what did you think i meant by "disappear"?
 
2012-12-07 02:56:10 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: BigNumber12: BigNumber12: what's the worse that could happen


Why do people do this?

Oh, because language is evolving. I always forget that.

Getting a word wrong in an age-old phrase is not evolving.


Yeah, that was my joke. Might want to check the batteries in your sarcasm detector.


DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes


You're joking, right?


DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes, what you did would be "devolving".


What did I do?
 
2012-12-07 02:57:24 PM  
long before weenie and the butt...

www.fullhousereviewed.com

/hotlinked
 
2012-12-07 02:58:01 PM  

BigNumber12: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes

You're joking, right?


Joking? Quite the contrary, his purposes are intense.
 
2012-12-07 02:58:35 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.


It's a bit more then getting pranked. When working for a hospital a breach of confidentiality is worse then accidentally killing someone. A violation such as this would not only cost her job, but very well her career as well since no hospital is going to hire when they find out "breech of confidentiality" as her response for leaving her previous employee, and this joke didn't have to go global for that to happen.

This was a career ending prank she fell for.
 
2012-12-07 03:03:38 PM  

lennavan: BigNumber12: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes

You're joking, right?

Joking? Quite the contrary, his purposes are intense.


It's "for all intensive purposes" dumbasses.
 
2012-12-07 03:04:37 PM  

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. the point was that management has never called djs out for prank calls, so why start now? 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.
 
2012-12-07 03:07:56 PM  
I told a telemarketer to go fark off one day.
The next day she killed herself.
Am I guilty?
 
2012-12-07 03:10:11 PM  
 
2012-12-07 03:12:03 PM  

stonicus: I told a telemarketer to go fark off one day.
The next day she killed herself.
Am I guilty?


No.. if you phoned her house pretending to be her boss and told her she was fired and she killed herself you would be though..
 
2012-12-07 03:14:00 PM  

gaspode: 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.

Lots of people care. Lots of people think obtaining medical records under false pretenses is a serious crime that should have resulted in these farkers being charged in the UK in absentia. Lots of people think that people who fark up other people's lives without a care in the world should be dealt with harshly ALL the time.

So Just because you dont care doesnt mean noone else does.


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.
 
2012-12-07 03:16:31 PM  
Weenie and the Butt have been pulled off the air "until further notice".
 
2012-12-07 03:17:27 PM  
FTA: A spokesman for St. James's Palace said that William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Kate were "deeply saddened" by the necessity of Saldanha's death.
 
2012-12-07 03:17:35 PM  

TheSignPost: scottydoesntknow: TheSignPost: Either by being suspended without pay or people who listen to their show basically saying "I'm gonna listen to another station."


No matter what happens, unless the outcome is *not* suicide, those two have no further career on the radio. Their on-air time is over. In fact, they'll be lucky if someone doesn't kill them.

Am I advocating that? No. Just saying it's likely.

Why are the DJs deaths/murders likely? What have they done to warrant murder?


Have you read any of the press? Any of the "I hope you die" sentiment in response to her death?

What have they done to *warrant* being killed? Nothing. But that wasn't the point I was making.


Is that the press saying that, or did you read it in the comments section of some article?
 
2012-12-07 03:18:40 PM  
how do you mistake the voice of an australian morning radio DJ for the queen?
 
2012-12-07 03:19:26 PM  

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.
 
2012-12-07 03:19:56 PM  
This sounds an awful lot like white people problems
 
2012-12-07 03:19:56 PM  

gaspode: stonicus: I told a telemarketer to go fark off one day.
The next day she killed herself.
Am I guilty?

No.. if you phoned her house pretending to be her boss and told her she was fired and she killed herself you would be though..


I'll do that next time then... =)
 
2012-12-07 03:19:57 PM  

dennysgod: 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.

It's a bit more then getting pranked. When working for a hospital a breach of confidentiality is worse then accidentally killing someone. A violation such as this would not only cost her job, but very well her career as well since no hospital is going to hire when they find out "breech of confidentiality" as her response for leaving her previous employee, and this joke didn't have to go global for that to happen.

This was a career ending prank she fell for.


I am going to assume you meant "for the hospital" in relation to the bolded part.

All this prank did was prove that this nurse was as gullible as Sarah Palin when DJs pranked her pretending to the the President of France. I am saddened that the lady took her life, but I can't hold the DJs responsible.

She could get another job if the hospital let her go, and they hadn't fired her. The Palace even said they were not upset about the prank happening. This lady jumped the gun big time.

Hell, in today's society she could have become famous because of it.
 
2012-12-07 03:24:31 PM  
"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?"
 
2012-12-07 03:24:50 PM  
www.slantmagazine.com
Person of interest.

images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Also wanted for questioning.
 
2012-12-07 03:25:47 PM  

trappedspirit: This sounds an awful lot like white people problems


She wasnt white.
 
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.


img826.imageshack.us
 
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.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
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  
img1.findthebest.com
 
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 06:20:01 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 06:30:04 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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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?
 
2012-12-07 07:58:06 PM  

Somacandra: minnesotaboy: Was it Weenie and the Butt?

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 300x225]

No way..they already got canned. Its Dingo and the Baby now.


I thought it was Asscrack and Backsack.
 
2012-12-07 08:02:06 PM  
I think everyone is approaching this suicide (assuming it is a suicide) from the wrong perspective.

In past times, a samurai who failed to protect his master would commit ritual suicide to remove the shame of his failure.

So rarely does such dedication and honour still exist in the world.

This lady should be respected for her choice not pitied.

www.izmarmusic.com
 
2012-12-07 08:13:54 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: lennavan: BigNumber12: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes

You're joking, right?

Joking? Quite the contrary, his purposes are intense.

It's "for all intensive purposes" dumbasses.


woah... for all intents and purposes, you are both wrong...
 
2012-12-07 08:34:27 PM  

reillan: . It's still the pranksters fault for being douchenozzels to a sweet person,


Er, no. They played a prank. She completely failed to do her job. If she had have been doing her job properly they would never have gotten anywhere with the prank.

Have you ever worked in healthcare, or handled people's private information? I don't know about in the UK and America but here random relatives can't just call and ask for health information. In my job we would not even release that information to a spouse over the phone. Being the Queen does not exempt one from privacy laws, so even if it HAD been the ACTUAL Queen on the phone the nurse should not have been releasing the information.

Here are the rules I work under:

1. Unless the patient has given prior (preferably written) authority NO ONE can have access to information about their medical condition, even their immediate family. No, not even their spouse. Privacy is an individual right.

2. We won't release any information over the phone to an authorised party without several data points confirming that they are who they say they are.

If one of my colleagues had done what this nurse appears to have done (or the original call-taker has done, by failing to confirm identity and authority before passing the call through) it would lead to immediate dismissal as it is a major policy and legal breach.

So I really don't believe the hospital when they claim to have stood behind the nurse. No hospital would" support" such a massive illegal breach of privacy whether it happened to a Duchess or a homeless person.

I don't think these kinds of pranks are particularly funny, and the radio station deliberately breaching the privacy of anyone (famous or otherwise) for kicks is a dick move of epic proportions. But again, if the nurse and/or call-taker hadn't failed so massively in their duty to protect the privacy of their patients the prank would never have got off the ground. The radio station could not have forseen a clearly mentally unstable and incompetent nurse would kill herself over it.
 
2012-12-07 08:35:57 PM  
Dumbasses, she held her life in her own hands. These guys had no reason to think they would cause her death. The nurse is solely responsible for her suicide. The DJs are without blame. She should have 1) hung up, or 2) let them through and wish she hadn't, and resolve not to kill herself.
 
2012-12-07 08:45:42 PM  

DickDarlington: // exit fark mode

This poor lady was just living her life, working everyday and suddenly got pushed into a world wide news story by being ridiculed by these radio idiots. Mentally stable or not, that's a lot for anyone to endure. I always thought a joke was funny if BOTH people got a laugh out of it, not just the prankster.

// ok, back to my life on fark.

 


Protip: It stops being funny when it starts being you.
 
2012-12-07 09:07:55 PM  
I'm sure they will both get jobs at Bain Capital.
 
2012-12-07 09:10:20 PM  

wambu: I can't wait for the conspiracy nuts to generate a story for this one.


We need to tie this in with Princess Diana's "murder."

Get crackin'.
 
2012-12-07 09:26:32 PM  

Maul555: Lionel Mandrake: lennavan: BigNumber12: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes

You're joking, right?

Joking? Quite the contrary, his purposes are intense.

It's "for all intensive purposes" dumbasses.

woah... for all intents and purposes, you are both wrong...


There's an obscure FARK meme for making an error when correcting an error. It's . . . .

/can't remember, dammit; too obscure
 
2012-12-07 09:40:13 PM  
A prank on the pranksters?
 
2012-12-07 09:49:20 PM  

Somacandra: minnesotaboy: Was it Weenie and the Butt?

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 300x225]

No way..they already got canned. Its Dingo and the Baby now.



Somehow, I don't think they'll be able to carry that off.
 
2012-12-07 09:56:42 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: lennavan: BigNumber12: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes

You're joking, right?

Joking? Quite the contrary, his purposes are intense.

It's "for all intensive purposes" dumbasses.



You seem to be incensed about it.

/..... and I'll add 'Anyone want a peanut?' before this gets way too far out of hand.
 
2012-12-07 09:57:10 PM  
tl;dr - but has nobody mentioned, directly, that part of what's to blame is a culture that worships human beings and places them on such a high pedestal? Just because of being born? Because I could see f'ing up wrt the royal family being a much, much huger deal than any other type of being pranked situation.

Can't this turn into a 'monarchy is dumb and evil' thread?

(maybe it already has).
 
2012-12-07 09:59:36 PM  
Hannity says that it is Obama's fault.
 
2012-12-07 10:05:51 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: lennavan: BigNumber12: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: For all intense and purposes

You're joking, right?

Joking? Quite the contrary, his purposes are intense.

It's "for all intensive purposes" dumbasses.


I thought it was "for all intents and purposes"
 
2012-12-07 10:19:07 PM  

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



To be fair, the Queen *does* sound a bit groggy at 6 am.
 
2012-12-07 10:41:32 PM  

sweatybronson: tl;dr - but has nobody mentioned, directly, that part of what's to blame is a culture that worships human beings and places them on such a high pedestal? Just because of being born? Because I could see f'ing up wrt the royal family being a much, much huger deal than any other type of being pranked situation.

Can't this turn into a 'monarchy is dumb and evil' thread?

(maybe it already has).


No worse than celebrities of any other stripe. It is the fans and the rabid media, not the Royals, who are at fault here.
 
2012-12-07 10:46:01 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

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Those are BEAUTIFULL ! ! ! !

Ha! Thanks for posting them.
 
2012-12-07 10:55:34 PM  

maddermaxx: sweatybronson: tl;dr - but has nobody mentioned, directly, that part of what's to blame is a culture that worships human beings and places them on such a high pedestal? Just because of being born? Because I could see f'ing up wrt the royal family being a much, much huger deal than any other type of being pranked situation.

Can't this turn into a 'monarchy is dumb and evil' thread?

(maybe it already has).

No worse than celebrities of any other stripe. It is the fans and the rabid media, not the Royals, who are at fault here.


I didn't mean to blame or poo poo the royals themselves, but the system of it and the attendant obsession - and yeah, I do think there is something bigger / different about the monarchy as compared to even celebrities (which isn't to say that celebrity worship is great and whatnot) - The sort of sense of SHAME and HORROR that someone who viewed the monarchy as SO IMPORTANT and greater-than might feel after doing something wrong wrt them... I could see that being a bigger deal than if it were a normal person, or even a celebrity.
 
2012-12-07 11:00:15 PM  

solitary: IN WHAT WORLD IS IT OK TO PRANK CALL A HOSPITAL?



Oh, get off your high-horse...... Everyone gets needled at some point!
 
2012-12-07 11:06:03 PM  
So the Austrians get away with killing even more British citizens.

I zee, I zee
 
2012-12-07 11:10:20 PM  

if_i_really_have_to: reillan: . It's still the pranksters fault for being douchenozzels to a sweet person,

Er, no. They played a prank. She completely failed to do her job I am an ignorant wanker who cannot read worth shiate. If sShe had have been[sic] WAS doing her NURSING job properly they would never have gotten anywhere with the prank but then got pulled away at the last minute to answer the stupid phones, which was outside of her comfort zone/professionally trained expertise. Similarly, if someone like 'if I really have to' happens to be a really awesome telephone earpiece cleaner destined for the next intergalactic human-existence-saving-trip but is pulled away to build a stairway to heaven, most likely that stairway would fall apart, since it is outside of his comfort zone.

did not read this yet did not read this yet did not read this yet etc etc etc wash rinse repeat

 
2012-12-08 12:17:16 AM  
I suspect a conspiracy. The name of the nurse who "committed suicide" was named Jacintha Saldanha. An anagram for that name is "Ashcan Natal Jihad". Perhaps they are trying to throw off 007 and the international media...?

/never seen a bond movie
//i'm super drunk
///OooOOooOOOOooOO
 
2012-12-08 12:30:29 AM  
Oh, also since I'm super drunk and no one will read this, "Jacintha Saldanha" is also an anagram for "Hadj Can Hail Satan"
 
2012-12-08 02:24:16 AM  

Jurodan: Except... the law already has something about that. It's called the "you take your victim as you find him rule", otherwise known as the eggshell skull rule. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggshell_skull

If you trespass and cause someone a heart attack, it's your fault. If you prank someone and they kill themselves? I'm unsure if that'd be enough, but I'd have to see the case.


Except (the last I heard anyway) we don't know why or how she died. It could just be an unfortunate coincidence.

Tin foil hat says the Royal Family had her killed. I don't really believe that. I also find it hard to believe she died from remorse or shock from the prank call but then again I don't worship the Royal Family as God.

England still believes in the Divine Right of Kings (and Queens), don't they?
 
2012-12-08 02:57:03 AM  
"Don't be a dick." Is it so hard? Humanity is so much failure.
 
2012-12-08 03:58:41 AM  
Well,
no matter how you feel about morning radio (I find it sucks). I am not sure how you could blame a suicide on this. Really, if answering the phone and giving someone information which is already publicly available is enough to cause you to suicide. Mmm, you are probably very close to the edge anyway and waking up and finding only odd sock would be enough to send you over.

But, you know who did find the prank funny?
This guy www.ijreview.com

When reporters asked him a question yesterday he replied "how do you know I'm not a radio station?"

/probably doesn't find suicide a joking matter
//his father might
 
2012-12-08 08:44:39 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Dinjiin: Except that this wasn't minor douche-baggery. The prank resulted in world-wide media attention and could have led to her job being terminated.

And if she had done what's actually required (you know, screening callers), the call never would've made it back there, confidential information never would've been leaked, and the prank would've failed miserably.


People aren't robots. They're going to make mistakes. That's why you incorporate the possibility of social engineering in when you set up security for someplace, and even at best efforts, something will slip through. Especially in a high stress job such as nursing.
People always forget that the person at fault in a social engineering attack is the attacker, not the victim.
 
2012-12-08 09:57:20 AM  

Terrible Old Man: "Don't be a dick." Is it so hard? Humanity is so much failure.


2/10
 
2012-12-08 12:14:07 PM  

serialsuicidebomber: The good news is...... she's finally off her meds.


I frown on your shenanigans.
:)
/lol
 
2012-12-08 01:54:17 PM  

onlyadistraction: Oh, also since I'm super drunk and no one will read this, "Jacintha Saldanha" is also an anagram for "Hadj Can Hail Satan"



It's like your superhero power only comes out when you're drunk.
 
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