No mob rule!

August 27th, 2010


I abhor cruelty to either humans or animals, so I was disgusted by the actions of Mary Bale when I saw the video of her dumping a cat into a recycling bin.

Her excuses (“moment of madness”, “just a joke”, “it’s just a cat”) are pathetic. Her act was that of a mean-spirited person and had it been my cat, I would have been livid.

But the next steps should be taken by Britain’s RSPCA, not by mobs.

Some of the comments on the Facebook page “Help Find The Woman Who Put My Cat In The Bin” are puerile and somewhat disturbing:

  • “Give her a yeast infection”
  • “Hang her”
  • “We should all find her and kill her”
  • “Punch her, punch her real hard, that shud [sic] fix her mind state”
  • “We should bombard her with hate messages”
  • “Anyone planning on paying this woman a visit? just [sic] wondering, if you are good on you”
  • “Too bad we can’t put this bitch in a time machine  and set it for September 11, 2001 World Trade Center”

All over the world today, people are starving and homeless. Women and children are being raped in their hundreds in the Democratic Republic of Congo. People are being press-ganged into slave conditions to mine for the minerals that enable our mobile phones to work. Fish stocks around the world are on the verge of collapse. People are losing their jobs. People are losing their homes.

Do you see mobs protesting on the streets?

But one cat gets locked in a bin for fifteen hours and people go apeshit.

Don’t get me wrong, that woman deserves the humiliation her public shaming brought upon her and I am delighted to see her get her comeuppance (especially after the sneaky way she checked to see if anyone was looking). To their credit, however, the owners of the cat have called for calm and have asked the nutjobs from the Net to leave the woman alone and to let the matter rest in the hands of the RSPCA.

Now, however, the Mail Online is reporting that lynch mobs  are demanding that she be fired from her job at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Is RBS going to submit to pressure from a baying mob? Is that how they run their business? If so, perhaps the banks need more baying mobs at their doors screaming for them to release more credit for mortgages and to businesses.

But this woman is due to be investigated by the proper authorities. If we ran our businesses based on the misplaced expressions of outrage of the mob then the economy would be in a far worse state than it is now. This woman should be fired from her job if she cannot do her job. That’s it.

Show some balls RBS.

All this over a cat? Are you fucking kidding me?

One Response to “No mob rule!”

  1. wychwoodon 17 Sep 2010 at

    I just came across a bizarre domestic violence story featuring a cat – since the beater in question brutalised his girlfriend with a CAT, I was impelled to post the link here.
    Despite the nastiness of the case, some of the comments on this story – naturally, focusing on the cat angle – are pretty classic.

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