Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The hypocrisy of our public

Recently, it was all over the media that an ESPN reporter had verbally abused a
clerk at a towing company.

The reporter's car had been towed while she was eating dinner.


This is ESPN reporter Britt McHenry reportedly going crazy on a parking lot attendant.  Unfortunately, there’s little context to the video as it was uploaded on the Live Leak website.  We do know that McHenry had her car towed after dinner in Arlington, Virginia, but we don’t know if the video is related to that incident.  It’s very unflattering for McHenry to say the least as she pretty much checks all the boxes for how someone on national television should not act around everyday people.

ESPN was totally wrong to suspend Britt McHenry

So we’ve all gotten a warm feeling of self-righteousness out of mocking ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, who was suspended for a week for saying rude things to a towing-yard employee.
It sure is fun to see pretty, successful blondes taken down a notch. And to do so while expressing solidarity with the beleaguered working class? Perfect.
Except ESPN is supposed to be a journalistic outfit. Maybe it should get both sides of the story before jumping to conclusions. Because there’s another side to this story — and it’s a lot more interesting than “pretty woman yells at maybe-not-so-pretty woman.”
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Photo: Twitter/Britt McHenry
McHenry, a DC-based reporter, was apparently towed by a company called Advanced Towing, a private contractor hired by various entities around the Arlington, Va., area to make sure people don’t illegally park.
Towing cars that are where they aren’t supposed to be is a necessary thing, an act of urban hygiene.
Still, let’s look at the Better Business Bureau rating for this outfit: It’s an F. Out of 40 complaints lodged against the company in the last three years, Advanced Towing has simply ignored 37.
Over to the Yelp reviews. Interesting.
Yelper Mary El P. said in January she paid with a credit card, was told it didn’t work, then presented another credit card. When the statement came, she claims she was billed twice. She says she called up an employee, who was rude and insulting and informed her that disputing a charge on a credit card was a felony.
Yelper Eric T. alleges that a tow trucker apparently spying on him zipped around the corner while he was letting his dog out to pee — and that when he protested, the Advanced Towing driver yelled out, “Don’t park here you f - - king f - - - - t,” using an anti-gay slur.
In early April, a man who ducked into an Arlington CVS for medicine for his sick child says he came back to find his car being jacked up by an Advanced Towing truck — with his two kids inside.
But here’s what’s worse than any of that.
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Yelper KJ B. recounts their experience with Advanced Towing, claiming that the company steals cars.Photo: Yelp/Screengrab
Several reviewers have complained that Advanced Towing brings in legally parked cars — and then, when you complain, simply insults you and holds the car hostage.
Said Yelper KJ B., “Towing serves a purpose, but this company just steals cars! The first time I was towed was from my very own parking spot at my apartment complex. They claimed they didn’t see my parking sticker (despite its obvious placement on the back where it is on EVERY CAR.)”
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Photo: Twitter
We don’t even know what was said to McHenry, since the Advanced Towing employee’s remarks have been edited out of the video that went viral.
And how do you feel about private companies with which you did not choose to do business making videos of you, then leaking them to the media for the purpose of humiliating you?
McHenry’s private conversation wasn’t actually any of ESPN’s business and should not even have been captured or distributed without her consent — but ESPN was terrified of the online mob and panicked.
ESPN should do the right thing and reinstate McHenry until it learns the whole story — or simply concede that sometimes people lose their tempers. The way McHenry talks on her worst, most frustrating day is probably how Keith Olbermann talked to his mom.
And to the journalists working in Arlington, Va. — a much more interesting and important story than “Citizen yells at another citizen” just fell into your laps. You’re welcome.

O K.......

But, citizens feel it is perfectly acceptable to launch a verbal volley of profanities and obscenities onto police officers.

Published on 28 Mar 2015
This is how Eli Grossman treats officers of the Law from the Laguna Beach Police Department and Parking Enforcement - men serving and protecting our community - just trying to do their jobs.

These poor men have to deal with verbal abuse like this on a daily basis. And we as neighbors have to deal with this foul language and loud yelling, unable to enjoy the peace and quiet of our homes.

Close your children's ears!
God forbid you have a newborn who is trying to take a nap!
God forbid you work from home and are on a conference call during all this!

Does this man seem mentally stable to YOU? Do you feel safe having someone like this live in your neighborhood?

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