Britt McHenry Will Make You Argue Against A College Degree
We’ve all been there before, frustrated and irritated while speaking with a customer service representative. We occasionally allow our frustration to get the best of us — it’s only human nature — forgetting that more often than not, our issue is not the fault of the employee trying to find an amenable solution. But the actions of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry are reprehensible; her choice of words were callous, repugnant, downright obnoxious, and not the sort of language expected from a ‘college graduate,’ as McHenry reminds us. McHenry was recorded on video severely belittling a female tow-truck company employee, and given the digital age, the video went viral.
After leaving her car in the parking lost of a Chinese restaurant for 2 hours past closing, McHenry’s car was towed, NPR reports. Thus chaos ensued, and the ESPN reporter went ballistic and felt the need to demean the Advance Towing employee. Using an array of profanity and vulgar language, McHenry insulted the customer service rep repeatedly, apparently believing her supposed ‘status’ trumped rules and regulations. “I’m in the news sweetheart. I will ******* sue this place,” an entitled McHenry said. In the footage, McHenry went on to say the following:
“That’s why I have a degree and you don’t.”
“I wouldn’t work at a scumbag place like this. Makes my skin crawl even being here.”
“Do you feel good about your job? So, I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?”
“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?”
When the clerk suggests that McHenry’s hair could use a touch-up, she dismisses the idea by saying, “Cause I’m on television and you’re in a ******* trailer, honey.”
And finally adding, “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
After the video was picked up by Deadspin, McHenry issued the apology below (so much for a mea culpa):
“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”
Britt McHenry Has No Real Perception Of What’s A ‘Stressful’ Moment
Stress is working hard in America just to make minimum wage, hoping to make ends meet — a not all too unlikely reality for the tow-truck employee McHenry felt the need to degrade. ESPN announced McHenry’s ‘punishment’: a one week suspension. Sure, that will teach her a lesson about morality, compassion, or sheer humanity. These outbursts are entirely unacceptable, and ‘public figures,’ if McHenry can even be considered one, should be appropriately reprimanded, so that their sense of entitlement is no longer. McHenry needs to learn a few lessons, mostly importantly, in womanhood.