The New Internet Phenomenon: Getting Caught Being Stupid
Things that probably should never enter into your everyday job duties:
- Dinesh D’Souza books.
- Complimentary bowls of Circus Peanuts on your desk.
- Klan robes.
Three paramedics at Newark’s University Hospital were fired this week after grainy images taken by a cellphone camera surfaced showing two student interns garbed in white sheets to look like robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
Officials at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which operates the hospital, and its emergency medical services unit, called the episode “ugly and abhorrent,” and “not be tolerated at any level.”
University president William F. Owen, who disclosed details of the incident on Friday, said one of the paramedics offered to resign, but was terminated instead on Monday. Two others were subsequently fired on Thursday.
“You don’t walk away from something like this,” he said, clearly angry.
Apparently, cell phone pictures were taken of the hazing – which, if I were Megan McArdle, would lead me to ask if the iPhone could end racism. Luckily for all involved, I am not Megan McArdle, and so I simply comment this: if you’re going to base an offensive hazing off of an objectionable YouTube video, at least make it Dancer vs. Baby:
Morons these days. Sheesh.