I'm seriously contemplating changing the name of this blog to "Oh, For Crying Out Loud."
we go with today's asinine behavior: some members of a volunteer fire
company went to the new Sonic drive-in in their town and demanded the
same discount that is given to cops and military personnel.
And they didn't get the discount.
They aren't cops or military personnel.
but they do have Facebook accounts, and so now eight members of the
fire company are in hot water (!) because they wrote things on Facebook
about how "unfair 'your' being" (for the five millionth time, it's
"you're"! "YOU'RE!" "YOU'RE"!) and how maybe they just might not
respond to a fire at the Sonic. And then one of the brainiacs wrote
that maybe they ought to set fire to the dumpster at the Sonic.
the fire company president had to apologize for these guys and the
image of the volunteer fire service takes another punch in the eye.
#1, any smart fast food operator offers discounts to police. Nothing
deters an armed robbery like pulling up to the place you plan to take
down and seeing a prowl car in the parking lot. Second best is the
thought that if the cops aren't here now, they might be sliding by for a
burger any minute now.
firefighters, people do appreciate your service and sacrifice. But if
you are willing to withdraw your service and sacrifice over a 50%
discount on a bacon double cheeseburger (pictured) and a shake, perhaps
you might want to think about why you got into the Fire Department in
the first place.
And place #2 - on the comments page of one of the news sites
discussing this burger imbroglio, a woman who claims to be a lawyer
(although she uses the term "bi-laws" in place of "by-laws") says that
the firefighters do not give up their right of free speech by donning
turnout gear. And she could not be more correct. We all have the right
to say what we think. And we all have to face the consequences of
saying something wrong.
For a firefighter to threaten to commit arson or threaten not to respond to an emergency call is the ultimate dereliction.
And all this over a damned cheeseburger.
Oh, for crying out loud.