Thursday, January 18, 2007

DJs Taunted Water Woman Prior to Death

There are a lot of idiots in this world, but there is nothing worse than mean idiots. Mean idiots clearly do not think about anyone but themselves, and refuse to accept responsibilities for their actions.

We reported a couple a days ago about a woman who died of water intoxication. She drank over 2 gallons of water during a radio contest trying to win a Wii.

Clearly she was not thinking straight and neither were any of the other contestants. Is a Wii really worth brain damage or possible death? Shrug. I don't think so, but apparently not everyone agrees with me.

It turns out that the radio personnel who put this contest together were well aware that people could die of water intoxication. If that is not enough a listener called up and told them that the stunt could be fatal.

Of course all the contestants signed releases up front so that makes the radio station not responsible for what happens, right?

The problem is that there clearly was something wrong with Jennifer Strange. She reported that her head hurt,
felt like passing out, and was sick to her stomach.

She was not alone. Another woman was on the floor her teeth chattering for over an hour. Several others felt disoriented, and had cold sweats. One woman said she passed out once she got home. Almost all the contestants were showing visible signs of sickness.

Instead of halting the contest and calling for ambulances; the DJs egged the contestant on and made fun of them. Here's a couple of bone chilling phrases:

"We got a guy who's just about to die," said one DJ. "Make sure he signs the release," laughed another DJ.

There was a girl on the floor," says Campos, who made it to the final five. "She must have been there for an hour with her teeth chattering. They were heckling her."

"Your body is 98 percent water," one of the hosts remarked to his on-air audience. "Why can't you take in as much water as you want?"

Hmmmm... I guess watching people who are violently ill is funny?!? WTF!

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Blogger betmo said...

guess that explains alot about what is going on in america at large- the prevailing attitudes and what not. makes you wonder if this is a true microcosm rather than an anomaly.

1/18/2007 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger ChrisNI said...

The sickening aspect of this story is that the danger was known beforehand and the participants were obviously showing signs of severe distress - yet the "contest" continued. The radio station and its presenters are guilty, in my opinion, of murder.

1/19/2007 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Mike K said...

I agree. A waiver does not free the radio station of complete liability. It was a dangerous contest. They knew it and did not help these people when they got sick.

Granted the people who were participating share some of responsibility for their lack of foresight, but it reaches a point where they were no longer able to act on their own behalf. At that point, someone has to step up to the plate and call for help.

1/19/2007 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Dizzy Dezzi said...

this whole business is bad. It's bad that some regular joes thought it would be "fun" (even "harmless fun") to compete for a video game console, particularly when you have to sign a release (that has "danger" written all over it).

But the fact that the DJs involved were making light of the dangers and even ridiculing the participants as they started to become ill makes this event all the more poignant.

As I am typing this, I am reminded of all the "extreme" things people participate in for "fun" and still reminded how dangerous they are---yet we still do them, because if we are "successful" we become "famous"--heck, when we fail we still become "famous"--remember the failed bungee cord incident that Doritos sponsored a few super bowls ago (one of the participants died during "dress rehearsal") or the wrestler who jumped/fell to his death on live television (pay per view)?

This death could have been prevented in this instance if the DJs cared more about the contestants than the contest, of course.

1/19/2007 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Sigh. I guess the world is full of self-absorbed idiots who think they are immortal and know better.

The best you can hope for are leaders who don't have those qualities. Awww.... crap!

1/19/2007 02:00:00 PM  

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