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To think that if you find a deflated helium balloon in the street with a RIP message on it..

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Palomb Tue 12-Jan-16 06:51:15

You don't pick it up and post all over Facebook that you've found it, including pictures of the balloon and the note because you apparently want the poor bereaved person who sent it skywards to to know it landed.

That's not the point is it?

CuttedUpPear Tue 12-Jan-16 06:54:07

Block them from your feed.
On my Facebook it's one strike and you're out of my feed. Two and you're unfriended.
Saves getting angsty over their posts.

Silvercatowner Tue 12-Jan-16 06:58:50

one strike and you're out of my feed. Two and you're unfriended.

This. I don't understand why people put up with fuckwits on their FB feed. My feed is full of interesting education stuff, labour party stuff and cats, basically.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 12-Jan-16 06:59:12

Oh God no!

Palomb Tue 12-Jan-16 07:02:48

It's something that's been shared by someone I know from school, no someone I know directly.

It makes you wonder whether people actually consider the effects of their actions doesn't it! I seriously doubt this little boys Mum wants to know anything about the balloon.

TenTinyTadpoles Tue 12-Jan-16 07:10:19

No. Just no. It's not like it's a balloon done by a child to see how far it ends up.

x2boys Tue 12-Jan-16 07:21:48

Its typical of some facebook users though isnt it making everything all about them even a strangers greif.

x2boys Tue 12-Jan-16 07:22:18


Gileswithachainsaw Tue 12-Jan-16 07:24:13

Did it not ask for this?

there was one recently that asked to tag the person in si they knew how far it went

pluck Tue 12-Jan-16 07:24:26

It makes you wonder whether people actually consider the effects of their actions doesn't it!

The same could be said for the person, bereaved or not, who memorialised her child with something which becomes choking rubbish. It seems a beautiful symbol, but only for a moment, and there's a cost that the litterer doesn't pay. Less devastated people around her shouldn't have encouraged it.

I seriously doubt this little boys Mum wants to know anything about the balloon.

Yes, I do, too.

Palomb Tue 12-Jan-16 07:27:17

Well I aggree with you about the littering aspect but that isn't what this thread is about really.

MrsDeVere Tue 12-Jan-16 07:47:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VikingVolva Tue 12-Jan-16 07:54:29

The thing is, you can't just can't, make a point about the littering (and scarcity of helium) on an actual memorial or bereavement thread.

So talking about it when the subject comes up, but isn't posted by an actual bereaved family and is more about 'what do people do about this' seems fair enough.

I'm pretty sure my DC know that I would be horrified if anyone ever released either a helium ballon or a flying incendiary lantern in my name.

If I found debris from one, I would certainly clear it up. If there was a tag asking for information on where it landed, I would follow the instructions (because even though I deplore them, I wouldn't interfere with something that matters to an actual bereaved family). If no tag, then I would take no steps beyond clearing.

BathtimeFunkster Tue 12-Jan-16 08:01:32

I'd have just binned it.

But I imagine the person who found it was trying to do a nice thing.

Misguided, perhaps, but presumably well intentioned.

The balloon was tagged, which indicates they were expecting it to be read by someone at some point. So maybe they'll be pleased that person reached out to them?

MrsDeVere Tue 12-Jan-16 08:03:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MoMoTy Tue 12-Jan-16 08:05:19

Oh get over yourself pluck . Shame about the littering, I think the bereaved person's feelings are more important here and that person might be doing other environmentally friendly acts so it doesn't matter.

Trills Tue 12-Jan-16 08:05:34

Are we sure that the balloon was "let go" on purpose?

I'm hoping it was intended like a wreath of flowers, to be tied to something on the grave, and it was just accidentally released.

EponasWildDaughter Tue 12-Jan-16 08:06:40

Maybe there were instructions on the tag asking for it's finder to do this?

Trills Tue 12-Jan-16 08:10:23

I didn't know that releasing balloons into the nether was a THING.

So if I found one I wouldn't know what the releaser intended.

I would bin it because I can't be bothered, but it's not unreasonable for someone to think of it as a "message in a bottle" situation where the releaser like to know where it ended up.

VikingVolva Tue 12-Jan-16 08:10:30

I say it only on general threads, and do so because of voluntary work with wildlife.

yankeecandle4 Tue 12-Jan-16 08:16:22

Serious question: what is the correct etiquette if you find something like this with an RIP note? For me I would feel it was wrong to through it away (especially if it was for a child) and my gut reaction would actually be to somehow let the sender know it had landed.

MrsDeVere Tue 12-Jan-16 08:19:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BartholinsSister Tue 12-Jan-16 08:21:34

The correct etiquette is to repair, inflate and launch. Probably.

yankeecandle4 Tue 12-Jan-16 08:33:53

Thanks MrsDeVere. I'm really glad that I read this because I would have probably done the wrong thing unknowingly (but not on FB)

hobnobsaremyfave Tue 12-Jan-16 08:34:54

FFS I hope some of you develop a shred of empathy one day and let it cross your teeny tiny minds what sort of grief that poor mother must be experiencing.
Dear god what's the point in a planet if you don't care about the people that live on it.

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