Uhm, I think they went a bit too far with this prank.
Pat Parker7 December 2012 at 3:01amPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
I agree with you Kotangens -- I didn't spend time watching the whole thing because I didn't think it was a bit funny. I've often felt creeped out in elevators to begin with and although I don't think anything of getting on them, I'm never sure if I want to be alone on an elevator or with others -- I'm just glad it's usually a short ride
Zenrider7 December 2012 at 9:12amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Sometimes it's OK to just laugh.
Mr Beef7 December 2012 at 8:15pmPosts: 761 (0 today)Status: offline
. .. that ghost is lucky she didn't get killed herself by one of the passengers.
Pat Parker7 December 2012 at 11:24pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
I'm very familiar with laughing and I agree it's ok to just laugh. If you even knew anything at all about me you might actually know how funny I can be. But just as YOUR opinion is that it's ok to laugh, MY opinion is that I didn't find the video one single bit funny, therefore why would I laugh. My comment wasn't meant to site an argument with you, but I keep forgetting that you're one the several people here who dictate proper behavior and proper comments and as much as I have allowed you and a few others to bully me out of here, I've decided that I have every single right to come here and comment. Sadly this place is so boring since there seem to be so many rules about what we can and cannot say and whether or not we are allowed to like or not like something. Once again, sorry I broke your rules and intruded in your comments, but get over it. I'm not staying away from here because of the likes of you and a few others.
Neither do I come here seeking to communicate with you or a few others, but every once in a while I forget that this is not at all the place I once knew and loved. So sad really because it used to be nice to be able to share all kinds of things without worrying that someone is going to rip you apart (not in this case, just saying it here) simply because they see your name, Pat Parker, and loathe you for no reason.
As I said initially, I did not find the video funny, so I'm not laughing, ok?
Pat Parker7 December 2012 at 11:30pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Mr beef, I agree with you... The girl could have been harmed by someone who might have really been freaked out enough to start hitting her or something. I recently saw a video on a prank that was being played by a guy on his friend, while the other friend videoed it.
A young woman came into her house, talking on her phone putting groceries away while the guy was standing behind her dressed with a ski mask, etc. she got off the phone and she looked up to talk to her girlfriend who was the person videoing it on her phone. Just then he jumped out at her, she screamed and ran outside...kept on running and screaming right into the street where she got hit by a car. Something tells me no one laughed for a long time afterwards. But that's just my opinion.
Pat Parker7 December 2012 at 11:54pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Hhhhmmm, this just in....and very appropriate in this particular topic...
Earlier this week, two radio broadcasters played a prank on the staff nurse in London where Kate Middleton was hospitalized. I hadn't heard it until yesterday and felt badly for the person who the prank was played on. I thought about how much trouble she might be in for having revealed too much info.
Today, the nurse's body was found, apparently suicide. No one knows what was going on in that woman's life. No one knows how she might have been going to lose her job (no matter what the hospital admin says, there was no way they were taking it lightly). The broadcasters raved about it for a whole week, they played it and the whole world got to hear it, laugh about it. Yep, "sometimes it's OK to just laugh" but I think nothing is funny when it causes someone else to hurt just for your laugh.
Progressive jen8 December 2012 at 12:50amPosts: 5472 (0 today)Status: offline
Poor woman, how horrible
Page8 December 2012 at 1:38amPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
The other day I took a walk down memory lane, to threads that were posted at the beginning of 2008 and was surprised at how fun and relaxed all the threads were - many had nothing to do with PG and no one complained - just friendly threads and posts, no griping or arguments or nitpicking, about 2 years later the threads changed into some really nasty fights and personal attacks (I was sorry I went down that memory lane).
I think people should be free to express their opinions, and if you disagree do so in a mature adult manner.
I like that you speak your mind Pat, don't stop - I think sometimes you are overly sensitive and see slights and putdowns where there aren't any - but that is who you are and most people should know that about you - it is not a character flaw -
I think people should be treated on present behavour not past (ahem) and should be allowed second chances.
But some of the personal attack a year or so ago were downright cruel and I hope we have put that all behind us.
I've been posting for 6 months and haven't got in a fight with anyone - ( I may have just jinxed myself) but peace everyone.
Page8 December 2012 at 1:53amPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
Here's more info on that sad story
Nurse duped by Middleton prank call dies
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say they are "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.
Australian radio DJs who made the call leaving show indefinitely.
3:56PM EST December 7. 2012 - London's King Edward VII Hospital confirms that a nurse involved in the Kate Middleton hoax call incident has died.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead this morning near the hospital, where a pregnant Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness this week.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha," the royal couple said in a statement. "Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."
Saldanha's family and colleagues also expressed their grief at her death, which is suspected to be a suicide, although a coroner's report is pending.
"We as a family are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Jacintha," the married mother of two's family said in a statement. "We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time."
John Lofthouse, King Edward VII's chief executive, also released a statement: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague."
The Daily Mail first reported that Saldanha, a nurse who was answering calls this week when she was tricked via a prank call into connecting the hoaxers to Middleton's nurse, died in a suspected suicide. Saldanha had worked at the hospital for more than four years and transferred the call to the duchess' caregiver early Tuesday morning.
Earlier this week, Australian radio DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig of 2Day FM called the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, convincing Saldanha to transfer the call to Middleton's private nurse who then commented on Middleton's condition, a violation of patient confidentiality.
2Day FM and Southern Cross Austereo, which distributes the show, released their own statement on Facebook responding to the tragedy and revealing that Christian and Greig would be leaving the show "until further notice."
When asked if the duke and duchess had expressed concern about the staff after the prank call, a St. James Palace spokesman added, "On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times."
Scotland Yard officials confirmed that a young woman was found unconscious this morning near the hospital and was later pronounced dead. No official cause of death has been revealed yet and the police are calling it unexplained, but the Mail reports that a source is calling it a suicide. The Mail also reports that Saldanha was staying at the nurses' accomodations around corner from hospital; her family, including her children, live in Bristol.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson told the Mail, "Police were called at approximately 9.25 am on Friday, December 7, to a report of a woman found unconscious (at) an address in Weymouth Street, W1. London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage."
Since news broke of Saldanha's death, Christian and Greig have both deleted their Twitter accounts after tweeting about the success of the prank throughout the week.
Zenrider8 December 2012 at 7:20pmPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Why would anyone attack a little girl, ghost or no ghost? She did nothing threatening, so why would one attack?
As for the unfortunate prank call on the hospital. It is very tragic that the nurse for whatever reason chose to take her life. I suspect the repercussions from the prank put her over the edge, but there was more going on in her life for her to take make such a drastic choice. Sure, it's embarrassing to be had, much worst when it's publicly, but seriously, nothing to take ones life over.
The problem there was the hospital had no set procedure to handle such calls. Perhaps they need to just make a guideline that sets that no information will be given over the phone or have some kind of verification procedure, which would have made things easier for the staff. Of course, this comes from a person who really isn't interested in the royals for being royal and really doesn't care what goes on in their daily lives.
Anyway, I'm sure this woman's family will sue for lots of money, because nothing says I love you as much as you are worth more to us dead.
Zenrider8 December 2012 at 7:21pmPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Pat, are you crazy? Just asking.
Mr Beef8 December 2012 at 7:34pmPosts: 761 (0 today)Status: offline
. . incredible how things can result in such a strange and awful situation.
Page8 December 2012 at 7:35pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
Page8 December 2012 at 7:36pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
I'm polymerized tree sap, and you're
an inorganic adhesive adhesive,
so whatever verbal projectile you
launch in my direction is reflected
off of? me, returns on its original
trajectory and adheres to you!
Pat Parker8 December 2012 at 9:21pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
For Zen -- do you think it's ok to ask me a question like "are you crazy? Without any further explanation? Just asking. But I'll answer you, even though I don't know why you would ask me such a question --- No, I am not at all "crazy" and it's not even a word I would use because its a rude, insulting condescending word. It's a word that is meant to hurt and ridicule someone, unless its being used in a context such as a friend saying, "oh, you're so crazy! Lol!
So, zen, you have just proven that you are one of several people here who think its okay to insult another person, even though you know nothing about the person at all...except for whatever opinion you have formed in your mind. Do you know me zen? Have we met at all? Have I ever, EVER, said anything to you that is rude and mean toward you? The answer to all of those questions would be an absolute "NO!" Why? Well, that would be because that's the way I behave towards everyone.
I'm entitled to my opinion and its ok to not agree with you zen, but really, you can just give it up on me now, will you? I've never done anything to you...NOTHING, and it's best that you'd ignore me and anything I choose to say here. Of course, I made the mistake again of adding a simple comment to one if your post, actually forgetting how you might nit pick about it.
So, that's all here for now, and I welcome you to get to know me personally before you make any further judgments because you might actually find I'm not only a funny person who has a great sense of humor, but I'm the most non-judgmental person you'd ever meet. My biggest pet peeve is people who are condescending, bullying and deceitful...it's then that I really speak out because I can't handle "fake" and that's pretty much how I am as a person.
Kind regards to all.
Pat Parker8 December 2012 at 9:35pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
For the record, there are people who are psychologically unbalanced and although most of society tends to call those people "crazy" I've understood your question to be actually asking me if I have such a problem? Again, the answer would be "No". I assume you meant the question in a sarcastic, insulting way, so that is why I gave the above answer.
Zen, you pretend to be all cool and nice. However, your interaction with me is not always that way and sometimes it's been very confusing to me, because, again, I have no idea what I could have ever done to you to have you choose to speak to me a certain way. Don't get me wrong...it wasn't always this way and it wasn't even all the time, it's just that it became more noticeable to me in the past 6-8 months or so (maybe longer). It's nothing that anyone but me would notice because its not anything blatantly obvious unless a person would be aware of it.
I find that when I speak up about it, some people get defensive and upset by it. Zen, you are the least of my worries here and certainly not the person who has caused me a lot of grief here lately, but I do feel that you're one of the people I like to avoid here lately and unfortunately, it just makes me uncomfortable in posting anything here. Look at this thread now. And it all started with a video that some like and some don't.
Kind regards to all
Pat Parker8 December 2012 at 10:34pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
For Page -- I have just read your comments to me and would only like to say that I understand (I think) what you're saying about my speaking my mind -- but honestly, I just come here to read, learn, add to what's written here by fellow fans. While it is true that I speak my mind, I would describe that as my being honest and up-front with everyone I meet and sometimes it may not come out exactly the way I planned it, I do know that I have always been able to be honest with myself and others. It is who I am, indeed and I'm very proud of the person I am.
You mention that I'm overly sensitive sometimes and take things the wrong way -- to that I would like to say that yes, indeed, I am very sensitive, always have been, and trust me, have been told about it from various people at various times -- "You're too sensitive, Pat." (If I had a nickel for every time I heard that one). And as much as I acknowledge and know that I am sensitive, and there were times in my life when I recognized it and was apologetic for it, those days are long gone. As I've grown older and wiser, I have come to realize that being sensitive is one of my major characteristics -- it is who I am and how I function in life. I am a professional nurse -- and that's not an accident -- that's my purpose in life and I would never, ever consider my sensitivity to be a flaw. I am extremely proud of my being able to have empathy for every single living soul -- regardless of who they are and what they do for a living. Empathy is so much more to me than any superficial words and I wouldn't trade my "overly sensitive self" for anyone else at all.
As far as my misinterpreting things, I don't really agree with you there at all -- you see, a person'e perception is his/her reality. Because of my super-sensitivity to things, I am able to understand things more readily than some -- I can read between the lines, if you'd like. Also, as much as I might sound like I'm "off the wall" with my responses, comments, there's always so much more than what anyone else might know is going on, so for that, I apologize -- I might appear to be over-reacting to a bland comment here, but the truth is that there's more than meets the eye, so I can easily understand why it appears as if I'm over-reacting, or, in Zen's words, "Crazy".
I read that you took a walk down memory lane -- 2008 -- not so long ago, but yeah, I guess it wasn't so long ago when this place was very different. The folks who have gone are gone for good -- that much I think is true. They might make an occasional visit here, but overall, this place lost its zest some time back and as much as anyone tried to keep it alive, there just didn't seem to be the same feeling about things.
I really have resisted leaving here -- I am a hopeless dreamer. I'm not at all comfortable here. I've been harassed here and made to feel really uncomfortable in anything that I write. And as I've often said, just because a person stands his/her ground, speaks up, shouts out about adversity, doesn't mean that he/she isn't being bullied -- I've been bullied here and when I write that, it's really strange to me because I know there are several who would be surprised by that, but really it's true. It's not been very recent, mostly because I've only stopped in here now and then. I don't want to leave here because of a few people who have decided that it's okay to do what they do. So, I come here, read some things, add my comments and unfortunately, it's still not a comfortable place for me.
You mentioned that people should be judged on their present behavior -- I agree with you there, as well. Truth is that my present behavior is no different than my behavior here any other time. I have never mistreated anyone here -- no one. Again, it's not my nature to treat anyone rudely or in a mean way. I don't call people names, I don't make insulting remarks, but I do speak up when I think someone else has -- call me crazy, but I'm not going to change my way to "fit in" with others.
So, without further ado, let's just say that I'll come here when I feel like it. I'll comment when I want to. I'll agree or disagree, but I will never be rude or mean-spirited towards anyone here. I don't ever expect anyone to take my side, I am quite comfortable standing alone if it means that I'm being honest and truthful with myself -- the only person I need to impress.
Kind regards to all.
Zenrider10 December 2012 at 5:18amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline