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Oct. 10th, 2005

05:51 pm - Bizarre news article

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This is an article about a very bizarre and puzzling series of crimes. I read it with sick horror, but not a lot of surprise. Most people will do some really insane things at the behest of an authority.

Anyway, here's a link to A hoax most cruel.

I hold these people responsible for their actions, but to a much lesser degree than I might had the caller not been on the phone. And I think McDonald's suing them is utterly reprehensible. I don't think they are very culpable for the actions of their employees, beyond fostering an environment that encourages blind obedience. But blaming them for besmirching the corporate image isn't reasonable. Especially, again, since they encourage a culture of blind obedience.

Current Mood: [mood icon] nauseated

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From:scottscidmore
Date:October 11th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
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It does say that McD has a policy against strip searches right in its employee manual. If so then it would seem that the legal actions make a bit more sense; but I suspect a lot of the reason is CYA for McD.

I almost laughed at the commentary from Fox, asking 'what's wrong with these people', given how often there's been criticism of those who haven't blindly followed the Administration.

And is one more good example of people's willingness to obey authority, it should go into the textbooks. If the guy they nailed for this is truly behind the calls, he's a good example of the one of sorts good police departments try to screen out; like not letting pyros be firefighters.

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From:omnifarious
Date:October 11th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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I was quite amused at the line from Fox too.

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From:somewoman
Date:October 11th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)

Whazzahuh?

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Why did so many people go along with what some caller on a phone said? If there was really police involvement...there would be...police. The level of blind obedience here is frightening.
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From:noveldevice
Date:October 11th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)

Re: Whazzahuh?

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Google "Stanley Milgram" and read the first five pages that come up.
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From:bansheewail
Date:October 12th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Really and truly revolting stuff. I do blame McDonalds entirely (as well as any other business that had repeated occurrences of this) for every incident beyond the first one. Fact: once they were aware of this possibility, it was absolutely their responsibility to make all employees at all locations aware of the danger. They didn't, and I can only theorize their reason for keeping it quiet was to avoid bad publicity and to shield themselves from lawsuits from the initial victims, but guess what? By allowing this to happen to more and more and more people, they have opened themselves up to a flurry of lawsuits from very very justified complainants, and I hope they go broke paying out on this.

Also, it is nauseatingly clear how much the management-level participants of these events were enjoying themselves. Not all, I expect, but a disturbing number. After a certain point in the process, they could not really have been stupid enough to believe there was a legitimate law-enforcement procedure dictating their behavior. No matter who "says so," no one but the man ordering the terrified naked girl to orally copulate him is at fault.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 11th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
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Furthermore. McDonald's Corp is arguing that Louise Ogborn is culpable in part for what happened because she did not walk out of the store naked, or scream. By all accounts, she appears to be an, albeit possibly naive, 18-year old girl unaccustomed to defiance or the challenging of authority. However, to suggest that she is in any way culpable is comparable to suggesting that a rape victim is culpable in part for her rape because she did not scream loud enough or struggle more vigorously. Don't know if this is a valid email address for Bill Whitman, spokesman for McDonald's Corp or not but it's worth a try: william.whitman@mcd.com
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