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If I prank call the Australian Radio Station.....

(118 Posts)
Goldmandra Fri 07-Dec-12 20:11:36

....and tell them they're on a charge of corporate manslaughter?

I wonder how funny they would find that angry

BigGiantCowWithAKnockKnockTail Fri 07-Dec-12 20:13:29

It's tragic isn't it? sad Very bloody big of them to delete their twitter accounts.

HassledHasASledge Fri 07-Dec-12 20:18:24

They've deleted their Twitter accounts? So they can deal it out, but they can't fucking take it. Absolute wankers.

mrskeithrichards Fri 07-Dec-12 20:19:33

There'll be a war over this!

Goldmandra Fri 07-Dec-12 20:20:47

I worry about how many other people's lives have been destroyed by these stupid pranks but we haven't heard about it because they didn't commit suicide?

I think they may be looking for new lawyers soon. The call was lawyer checked before it went on the air.

MrsjREwing Fri 07-Dec-12 20:26:59

Let it go, how would you feel if after attacking them, another life was lost?

Sallyingforth Fri 07-Dec-12 20:27:52
Goldmandra Fri 07-Dec-12 20:34:46

I don't think this should be let go until a good many broadcasters make it clear they have reviewed their policies and won't be allowing this sort of prank calling on air to continue.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 07-Dec-12 20:37:20

Pretty fuck

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 07-Dec-12 20:37:54

Ing awful affair through and through sad

Fakebook Fri 07-Dec-12 20:42:40

I don't know why people think making a prank phone call will be funny. Remember what Jonathan Ross and that other hedgehog head (his name has slipped my mind) did. That poor old man could have had a heart attack or something from anxiety. Some people are just thick shits.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 07-Dec-12 20:46:05

YWNBU.

It's utterly tragic what has happened and demonstrates why "pranks" are not funny. Poor woman. Her poor family sad

Fabuloo Fri 07-Dec-12 20:46:26

Are you serious? Do you really think phoning a hospital and pretending to be the queen means they should have their lives totally destroyed? shock

Or is it that it's because it's the royal family they pranked, and clearly they are so much more special then the rest of us? angry

I imagine there is a lot more to this than being reported.

Goldmandra Fri 07-Dec-12 20:54:48

No. I'm not serious about making a prank call myself. Sorry, I thought that would be obvious blush

I don't think anyone's lives should be destroyed. I wondered how many people's lives have been devastated because they have lost their jobs or the respect of their colleagues as a result of being caught out by idiotic pranks like this. I imagine there are a few out there.

I don't think this sort of prank calling is acceptable regardless of who the target is.

I am sure this poor nurse had other problems to deal with but that doesn't make what they did to her any more acceptable.

CaliforniaSucksSnowballs Fri 07-Dec-12 20:55:23

Really Fabuloo you don't think the life of the nurse (who is now dead)or her small children hasn't been destroyed?

Fakebook Fri 07-Dec-12 20:57:41

Fabuloo, how would you feel if someone pretended to be you and tried to get information about your loved ones in hospital? They've committed identity fraud or something similar. It's illegal to pretend to be someone you're not. Forget the royal family, what they did would have been wrong even if they did it to a nobody. Fucking idiots. Oh and yes, they should have their lives completely destroyed for being so fucking stupid to do something like this.

TheCatInTheHairnet Fri 07-Dec-12 21:01:25

The radio station has ditched their FB page too now. Which is probably a good thing as people were crazily ranting and threatening the DJs on posts about a completely unrelated murdered boy. Social media just gives the world a chance to be part of a braying mob. God, people are strange.

LittlemissChristmas Fri 07-Dec-12 21:05:31

There is more to this than we are being told in papers and on news.
But I still think it was unnecessary and they DJs should resign even if the nurse didn't hang herself.
I feel for Kate, this will be a horrible thing on her conscience that she will feel is her fault even though it isn't.

Fabuloo Fri 07-Dec-12 21:05:42

I think the whole situation is strange and slightly dubious if I'm honest...

Clearly it's horrible that the nurse felt she had to take her own life and obviously devastating for her family, but the hysteria that has followed is equally horrible.

It was a stupid joke with no malice intended I'm sure, but I can't help wondering why the nurse felt that she had no other way out than to take her own life??

AbuseHamzaMousseCake Fri 07-Dec-12 21:06:23

Oh for goodness sake! They made a prsnk call, but nothing about it should have been in any way likely to result in suicide! The info given out was completely innocuous. Nothing confidential and no danger to anyone! This poor woman must have had issues already or been threatened in some way.
Why does everything have to be such a big deal? They are royals not gods!

BattlingFanjos Fri 07-Dec-12 21:06:36

IMO it's got nothing to do with it being the Royal Family, that has just made it a lot more public than it ever would have been. Anybody would be angry if it happened to them/their friend/family. It was a cruel thing to do, I half listened to the call and had to stop because my heart hurt listening to the two nurses, how horrendously embarrassing. Someone on the other thread said poor Kate and was argued with. Damn right poor Kate. This is their first pregnancy, any new mum or dad will know how difficult it is anyway and all the worrying especially with hospital visits, without this. It will overshadow for a while, there are a lot of people affected by this prank. Its very, very sad about the nurse (Jacintha). They had complete disregard for other people, shame on them and yes they should be punished!

Goldmandra Fri 07-Dec-12 21:25:32

I couldn't give a rat's arse about whether this was the royal family or any other family TBH.

This is about people gaining entertainment from wasting people's time and abusing confidentiality.

What if the patient they were 'enquiring' about had just lost her baby? What if they put someone in danger next time? What if they expose information which costs a fortune in damage limitation?

It just isn't funny.

germyrabbit Fri 07-Dec-12 21:27:31

a war with austalia over this would be something

what do they get out of prank calling anyway? it's like something DJs did in 1975

AbuseHamzaMousseCake Fri 07-Dec-12 21:28:02

I am very sorry about the nurse but a prank call that did not divulge any sensitive info should not be blown out of proportion. All that was said was that she was better and going to be freshened up as far as I know. I haven't listened to any more as it is not something I am interested in.
If the powers that be in the hospital made more of it, then the blame is with them. These DJs shouldn't have called but I don't think that people should be baying for their blood like this.
It is horrible for Kate and the poor nurse's family, but it is the media frenzy, not the call itself that is making it worse, in my view. If this prank call had just been broadcast in Australia and not spread to the 4 corners of the world, it would have been a 2 min wonder. The media are feeding off each other and compounding the problem.

Leave it alone and leave her alone!

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