A New York musician posed as a saucy femme fatale in order to come face-to-face with the man who took his iPhone. Nadal Nirenberg left his iPhone 4 in a cab on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, around 6 a.m., he noticed someone was…
Yesterday I was extremely depressed after reading the article about the NY bus monitor who was bullied to tears by students. As if reading about it isn’t bad enough, there the entire attack was caught on camera & uploaded to YouTube.
I heard about this story for the first time yesterday morning… and it was hardly in the national news at all. A fund for the bus monitor, Karen Klein, had just been started and had just reached the $5,000 goal.
I woke up this morning to see this story on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and all other major news outlets. And that vacation find for Karen? As of right now, it’s at $146,847. The support for this woman has exploded over the past 24 hours. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
Below I’ve pasted a CNN article about the bullying, the outcry, and the outpouring of support. You can find the video on any news website… but I am not going to post it because it was just too hard for me to watch.
By Faith Karimi, CNN
(CNN) — A profanity-laced video of middle school students in upstate New York verbally abusing a bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers worldwide rally to her side.
Students taunted Karen Klein, 68, with a stream of profanity, insults, jeers and physical ridicule. Some boys demand to know her address, saying they want to come to her house to perform sexual acts and steal from her. Another said, “you’re so fat.”
One comment from a boy aboard the bus was especially painful. He told her that she does not have family because “they all killed themselves because they didn’t want to be near you.” Klein’s oldest son took his own life 10 years ago, according to CNN affiliate WHAM.
The bullying continues unabated for about 10 minutes in the video, reducing Klein to tears as a giggling student jabs her arm with a book. Recorded by a student Monday with a cell phone camera, the brazen example of bullying went viral and spurred international outrage.
The incident occurred in Greece, New York, near Rochester. Klein is a bus monitor for the Greece Central School District and the harassers hail from the Greece Athena Middle School, media reports said.
Klein described her tormenters “regular, normal kids” and “one on one, they’re OK.”
“Just don’t get a bunch of them together. That’s when the trouble starts,” she said.
As the intimidation unfolded, she said, she tried her best to disregard the harassment and didn’t hear everything that was uttered. But she said the hazing hurt deeply. At one point, she said, she told two children, “I am a person too. I shouldn’t be treated this way.”
Klein told WHAM that she doesn’t know if bullies can be charged. But, she said, “they should have some form of punishment.”
CNN attempts to reach all parties involved Wednesday were unsuccessful.
The video prompted an outpouring of support and a fundraiser by an international crowd funding site that had gathered more than $100,000 by early Thursday.
“Let’s give Karen a vacation of a lifetime. Let’s show her the power of the internets and how kind and generous people can be,” the fundraiser’s organizer said on the website. The organizer did not respond to CNN requests for comment on the website.
The school district said its bullying team and the local police are conducting an investigation.
“We have discovered other similar videos on YouTube and are working to identify all of the students involved,” the school district said in a statement.
It did not elaborate on whether the additional videos are related to Klein’s case.
“While we cannot comment on specific student discipline, we can say that students found to be involved will face strong disciplinary action,” the school district said.
The students are minors, according to the school district. CNN does not name minors involved in alleged crimes unless they are charged as adults.
Officials involved in the investigation will hold a news conference Thursday.
Klein said she hopes the spectacle “might help other people.” And, she said, she hopes that these children “get their share of someone bullying them.”
“I hope what goes around comes around,” she said.
This is the case in Buffalo, NY…
Mona Lisa Tello, a-61-year-old former teacher at a Manhattan graphic arts public school, has been accused of faking a jury summons in order to get paid for absences over the course of several months, WNYW TV reports.
According to the station, investigators say Tello submitted the letter to school officials, saying it was issued by the Superior Court of New Jersey.
The report states the investigation started when the principal suspected something wasn’t right, and tallied the days Tello claims she missed for jury duty:
In the investigation, it was determined that Tello had told the payroll department that absences on Sept. 16, 2010, Oct. 19,2010, Nov. 30,2010, Dec. 7 and 8, 2010, Jan. 21, 2011, Feb. 10 and 11, 2011, May 4, 11, 17, 18, 26, 27 and 31, 2011 were all due to jury duty.”
The cause of the suspicion? According to the New York Post, the “court summons” misspelled “trial” as “trail,” “cited” as “sited,” and “manager” as “manger.”
Tello was arrested after the principal called the court and found out the actual letter was a deferral of jury duty, and she was charged with forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.
CBS New York reports Tello denied the accusations when confronted by a reporter.
“No, not true,” she told the station. “My handwriting is not on anything.”
Nevertheless, the station reports she signed an agreement that mandates she pay a fine and resign her from her position without losing her pension.
How do cashiers not realize this?? First we had this story about a Chick-Fil-A cashier giving racist nicknames to two patrons (“Ching” and “Chong”). Now we have almost the same situation, only it occurred at Papa John’s this time.
Minhee Cho went to a New York City Papa John’s restaurant and got quite the surprise when she looked at her receipt. The cashier had entered “lady chinky eyes” where her name should have been. Cho took a picture of the receipt and tweeted it to Papa John’s, along with a brief note: “just FYI my name isn’t ‘lady chinky eyes.’”
Needless to say, the employee was fired.
Not only am I disturbed that someone at a restaurant would call a customer such a racist name, but I am absolutely shocked at how stupid this cashier is. You have to know that the name shows up on the printed receipt… and yes, customers are generally literate people. Plus, this same thing just happened at Chick-Fil-A… maybe this individual should check up on the news every so often to get the inside scoop on acceptable restaurant cashier practices.
Gawker had a good follow-up on this story:
Hmmm… someone should tell that assistant manager never to open his mouth again.
I used to work at a restaurant and I know that sometimes employees described a patron in the “name” portion of the order… though this was not a very common practice. But generally, when it did happen, the employee would write something like, “Blue shirt,” “Purple dress,” or “Striped Sweater.” Racist nicknames were not really an option…
Or you could always try this out: Ask the patron for his or her name. Just a suggestion, though.
(Thanks to Gawker, of course)
If you think you’re having a bad day, just read this article from FOX News and I guarantee you’ll feel better…
This article just makes me absolutely love flying even more than before. Between paying hundreds of dollars to sit in a cramped seat, getting routinely bumped off of flights because of overbooking, and waiting for eternity to get checked (and essentially molested) by security, going to the airport and flying cross-country is one of my favorite hobbies. It ranks right being getting a cavity drilled and slitting my wrists with a butter knife. I’m sure the eleven-year-0ld girl in this article agrees.
I’ve copied it below for your reading pleasure:
Man Allegedly Urinates on 11-Year-Old Girl During Flight to New York
Chaos erupted on a JetBlue red-eye flight from Portland, Ore., to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport when a drunk man allegedly urinated on a sleeping 11-year-old girl, the New York Post reports.
The youngster was traveling with her sister and father on the flight Wednesday, and had been left alone for a few minutes while the others used the lavatories.
Robert Vietze, 18, of South Warren, Vt., stumbled from his seat five rows behind her and emptied his bladder, a witness said.
“I was drunk, and I did not realize I was p***ing on her leg,” Vietze said, according to law-enforcement sources. He later claimed to have consumed eight alcoholic beverages.
The girl’s father caught Vietze midstream.
“I woke up to this man yelling and literally looking like he was about to punch [Vietze] in the face,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.
Flight attendants separated the pair and moved Vietze to the back of the plane. They attempted to clean up the mess with liquid soap from the bathrooms, and helped to comfort the traumatized girl.
But the five-and-a-half hour flight from hell was not over yet.
Roughly an hour before the plane landed, another passenger began to complain of chest pains, then vomited.
“Is anybody on this flight a nurse or a doctor?” the pilot said over the public-address system. “We have a medical emergency.”
With no volunteers, the flight crew kept the man calm and tried to tidy him up, again raiding the liquid-soap container.
Six Port Authority cops met the plane at the gate at around 6:30 a.m. local time.
Two escorted the ill passenger off, and four took Vietze into custody.
Vietze was issued a federal summons for indecent exposure and released.