Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Our Crumbling Civilization: Brandishing Insanity Edition

When society can't tell a hero from a hooligan, when people in authority have lost all ability to weigh factors and make just decisions, then we'd best start worrying about our civilization.

Start worrying:
When a neighbor screamed she'd been shot, Colin Bruley grabbed his shotgun, found the victim and began treating her bloodied right leg.

Tonnetta Lee survived Tuesday's pre-dawn shooting at her Jacksonville apartment, and her sister and a neighbor praised Bruley's actions. But his employers, the same people who own the Arlington complex where Bruley lives, reacted differently. They fired him.

Bruley, a leasing agent at the Oaks at Mill Creek, said he lost his job after being told that brandishing the weapon was a workplace violation, as was failing to notify supervisors after the incident occurred. He'd worked at the Monument Road complex since December and for the owner, Village Green Cos., since 2005.

Bruley said he was too shaken to call his supervisor immediately after the incident, which occurred just before 2 a.m., but planned to eventually do so. He also said he was acting as a citizen, not an employee, and shouldn't have been punished for trying to protect himself and others. He never fired the shotgun.

"I was expecting work to give me some kind of commendation," said Bruley, 24. "I was totally blown back. It was a crisis that most people don't go through."

Andrea Roebker, the company's director of public relations, said "We're not in a position to discuss any employment issues outside of [with] the employee." (source)

I've argued for a long time that we should have a federal law against stupidity in public. Here's another case for my fat file justifying such a law.

If we are going to survive these particularly stupid times, it will require locking up idiots like the people who run Village Green Companies.

hat-tip: Jim