This is one of those yin/yang moments: Equal parts hilarious and Orwellian Thought Police.
Man angry about being put on hold threatens worker
KEENE, N.H. – A 69-year-old man angry about being put on hold has been charged with threatening to kill a Social Security Administration worker. Police said the man called a Social Security answering service in New York because he was upset about not receiving his check.
He told police he was on hold for more than 30 minutes, and when a supervisor finally told him she couldn’t help, he said he was going to kill the first person he met at the Social Security office in Keene.
The office was closed as a precaution. The man was arrested at his home and charged with criminal threatening. He said he was frustrated and said something stupid.
I say stupid things every day. Thankfully I’m alone most of the time, so no one hears me. However, the other day I got really frustrated with the runaround they were giving me at the bank and icily declared that I would be returning the next day to close all my accounts. And did I? No. Of course not. I’m too lazy. And now I have to avoid that branch because I feel like a petulant jackass.
I’m sure this guy is the same way. If it’s too much work for me to change banks, its’s WAY too much work to drive to the Social Security office and kill someone. Think of the hassle! There’s getting a gun permit, making getaway plans, procuring fake passports, and don’t underestimate the agony of trying to get those persistant blood stains out of your coat.
Some of us just are hot heads. With big mouths. And bad impulses. Heck, it’s all I can do not to start tossing around a little bomb humor or telling hijacking jokes when going through security at the airport. There’s something in me that just likes to tempt fate. I know I shouldn’t, but I even have an inappropriate joke all ready: