Just like 2 days again there were twin stories about overreactions to ads, there are now twin stories about overreactions to people.
First up is this story where a 7-year-old was handcuffed and taken to the local police station and allegedly questioned for 10 hours over getting into a fight at school with another student who said he stole $5 of lunch money. The two kids have a history of disputes. The child who didn’t get handcuffed says that the kid who did get handcuffed was a bully and often physically and verbally hostile.
Ridiculousness #1: That there was a complaint made, following the fight, for, wait for it, assault and robbery
Ridiculousness #2: That the cops actually placed him in handcuffs and took him to the police station.
Now here’s where the details get sketchy depending on who you talk to. It is alleged that the police “interrogated” him for 10 straight hours (the lawsuit says he was held in a room for 4 hours then moved to and kept in a precinct house for another 6 hours). The boy’s family is suing the NYPD for “false imprisonment, physical, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse, and deprivation of Reyes’ [the child] constitutional rights.”
The NYPD, naturally, disputes these charges, saying how long the child was held is being grossly exaggerated, though the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Department will be looking into the situation.
Did I mention how much the family was suing the NYPD for?
Ridiculously ridiculousness #3: $250,000,000. Two hundred. Fifty. MILLION. Dollars.
Alright, lawsuits are typically inflated even when considering already-inflated lawyer fees and such for situations like these, but come on.
An overly-adult response (from both parties) to kids getting into a scuffle at school.
Ridiculous Situation #2:
A (now former) waitress at Applebee’s was surprised by the manner in which a customer declined to tip. One of her co-workers had served a party of 20 with a bill of over $200 between them, which triggers an automatic 18% tip.
Ridiculousness #1: One of the diners was not so pleased with this, scratched out the automatic $6.29 tip, wrote in a big 0 in the section for an additional tip, along with the words “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%?” What kind of person would do such a dick move like that? The diner cleared that one up by writing “pastor” above their signature. Although she adds that she did add a $6 tip in cash, and later found out the 18% auto-tip had been charged to her card anyways.
The server then showed it to her waitress friend who took a picture of the receipt and put it up on reddit, where it became hugely popular and widely shared, and the cunning members of reddit soon figured out the person from their signature (despite the waitress’s best efforts to remove any identifying information after the fact). This did not bode well for the customer as the story became widely-circulated on the internet beyond reddit, along with her name. The customer became horrified upon finding out how popular the story had become, and did apologize, saying it was a “lapse in my character and judgment,” but not before calling the Applebee’s to complain which lead to
Ridiculousness #1.5: Applebee’s firing the waitress (though not the server) who put the picture online.
Why just a half-ridiculousness? Well, the action itself is a bit of an overreaction, but it’s a large corporate restaurant, this type of reaction is preeetty much to expected of them, especially when it comes situations involving repeat customers like this one (apparently going to Applebee’s was a post-service tradition for the group of the Church-goers).
All in all, the customer might’ve (or might not’ve) initially been doing this just as a joke, but really what an asinine thing to do. And while the waitress tried her hardest to disguise the identity and location of the customer once people began to guess and submit potential facebook profiles, it’s the internet. People on the internet are basically the Matrix now.