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OK...bit harsh on the "pranksters".

First and foremost the individual who opted to accept the call, (reception?), dropped the ball and even that is not entirely their fault. Sure we all question....Would the Queen make a personal call to any hospital or would one of her staff done that first and when she/he had the appropriate individual on the phone, hand the phone over to the Queen?

Second, there was no hard wire security at the hospital....that is to say....there should have been a code word/number that had to be voiced by the caller inorder to even get to the proper telephone/floor. That can probably be blamed on the Royal security staff and/or the hospital.

Last...suicide????? good grief, there have been a lot worse pranks played on people and they didn't swallow the barrel. The individual who did their self in, IMO, was not exactly stable to start with.

Suicide..a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

To put all the blame on the pranksters is unfair...perhaps they should not have pulled the stunt but they did...they got away with it. The fact that the stunt cost an individual her life is utterly amazing, almost unbelieveable, and I am sure not one person in the world every thought what the end result would be...sad as it is.

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To put all the blame on the pranksters is unfair...perhaps they should not have pulled the stunt but they did...they got away with it. The fact that the stunt cost an individual her life is utterly amazing, almost unbelieveable, and I am sure not one person in the world every thought what the end result would be...sad as it is.

I wouldn't put all the blame on the pranksters but when you choose to be a part of humiliating someone in such a very public way you must accept some of the blame - don't you agree? Naturally we probably all think suicide is an extreme reaction - unexpected - but that's exactly the point; you just don't know what place another person is at in their life. From the news reports, and my quick visit to the radio station's website, it seems like the phone-prank gag was a staple for them and other DJs at the station. Sooner or later you're going to catch a vulnerable person. I can't imagine the stress the nurse would have felt as a british person dealing with the aftermath of being part of a prank involving the royal family .

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Kip said......

To put all the blame on the pranksters is unfair

seeeker said

I wouldn't put all the blame on the pranksters but when you choose to be a part of humiliating someone in such a very public way you must accept some of the blame - don't you agree? .

Isn't that what I posted??? :biggrin1:

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To put all the blame on the pranksters is unfair...perhaps they should not have pulled the stunt but they did...they got away with it. The fact that the stunt cost an individual her life is utterly amazing, almost unbelieveable, and I am sure not one person in the world every thought what the end result would be...sad as it is.

I think every one of us thought that the nurse would lose her job though, even if we didn't state it, and that was more punishment than she deserved.

I don't find this sort of "pranksterism" funny at all. it is always at the expense of someone else who is not going to find it very funny.

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I think every one of us thought that the nurse would lose her job though, even if we didn't state it, and that was more punishment than she deserved.

I don't find this sort of "pranksterism" funny at all. it is always at the expense of someone else who is not going to find it very funny.

-----If "that was more punishment than she deserved" means 'suicide' then remember that her final actions was a case of self inflicted 'punishment' and she is the one that actually 'punished' her own family.

-----if you are alluding to the fact that she "may have lost her job" over the incident as punishment...well that was up to her bosses.

Personally, JMO, I think that perhaps there was more of a reason for her self inflicted demise than just this prank call.

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While I do not think the DJs are guilty of it, the idea of involuntary manslaughter springs to mind:

"Involuntary manslaughter occurs when one person, while commiting an unlawful or reckless act, unintenionally kills another.

Canadian newspapers and Canadian websites this morning are full of comments and articles from Canadian broadcasters and journalists defending their colleagues from Australia. I just wonder how much consideration was given to the effect of the intense global attention that would be focused on the victim? Choosing to prank a british person with something involving the royal family without considering the fallout seems somewhat reckless to me.

A few of the things I've read try to make the point that the DJs would only be guilty of something if they had been harassing the person by making multiple phone calls and since they had made only one call it wasn't harassment. To me their actions in recording and broadcasting the phone call precipitated thousands of incidents for the victims of the prank which is harassment by proxy - maybe not technically illegal but I think there's some moral responsibility.

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