General Topics => General Non-Firearms Discussion => Topic started by: sqlbullet on May 10, 2013, 04:49:27 pm

Title: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: sqlbullet on May 10, 2013, 04:49:27 pm
http://www.abc17news.com/news/movie-theater-publicity-stunt-triggers-officers-to-respond-to-active-shooter-situation/-/18421100/20089958/-/66o97fz/-/index.html (http://www.abc17news.com/news/movie-theater-publicity-stunt-triggers-officers-to-respond-to-active-shooter-situation/-/18421100/20089958/-/66o97fz/-/index.html)

the TL;DR is this.  Theatre management has the bright idea to hire an actor to dress up in black tactical gear and charge into a theater of people about to see Iron Man 3.  With a plastic M4 and M9.

Shoemaker added it's a good thing an off-duty officer wasn't at the theater because it's likely the officer would have engaged the actor. Had the actor not complied, the situation could have turned out much worse.

I am pretty sure if there had been an officer there they actor would have been "complying" with gunshot wounds.  A man enters a dark room with a gun out and all the advantage or surprise, you likely are not going to ask him to put the gun down.  You are going to put him down.

Thankfully this wasn't in Utah.
Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: booksmart on May 10, 2013, 05:04:51 pm

How did this get to the "That sounds like a great idea!" stage? How?!
Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: Mutant Musket on May 10, 2013, 05:15:23 pm
This is dumbest thing I've heard all week.
Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: ksuguy on May 10, 2013, 05:20:17 pm
Wow that is stupid.  Especially given what happened at the Batman movie last year.
Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: coyotesfan97 on May 10, 2013, 07:19:07 pm
Hey Y'all watch this! 

What kind of moron thinks this is a good idea. If I owned the theatre he'd be unemployed yesterday.

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Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: coelacanth on May 11, 2013, 04:21:10 am
 :facepalm   .    .     .      :bash
Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: Coronach on May 11, 2013, 05:27:23 am
Stupidity is a cancer not limited to the entertainment industry. From a previous thread on WTA:

My mom used to administrate a nursing home before she retired. After about 2 years of retirement, she decided she had to do something with all of her free time, so she went back to work (  ... I will not share this trait, I assure you). She elected to run a clinic, making peanuts to do what she liked doing, but also being required to deal with the morons from the corporation that ran the place. One day, I get a call from her. "Tell me if you think this is a good idea or not," she said.

Some mouth-breather at Corporate thought they should have a Man With a Gun drill. OK, fair enough. Here was the plan: They would tell no one (except the clinic administrator, THANK GOD) at the facility, they would have a man come in with a realistic toy gun, display it to the receptionist, demand drugs, and see what happened. At this point I started sputtering, coming up with about eleventy billion reasons why this was a bad idea, and trying to say each of them at once. I came up with "first off, what did the cops say about this idea?"

"We're not supposed to tell them."


"Yeah, they told me not to tell the cops, since Corporate wants to test their response, as well."


"Oh, I'm not. I think this is beyond stupid, but I just wanted to make sure you agreed, since every monkey on the board thinks this is just fine."

"Dear Lord."

"Exactly. So, can you give me a list of reasons why this is bad, so I can try one last time to convince them it is a bad idea before I have to quit rather than do this?"

So, I came up with a list of ideas why it was bad (to her credit, she had all of them already except for CCW permitholders and off-duty cops being present in the lobby, or on staff). I then told her to call the local cops and advise them. "Hmm...they told me not to do so, but I guess I should, since they're going to do this, anyway."

I thought for a moment. "Wait, what did they tell you exactly? Don't call the *insert town name* Police Department?"


"OK, fine. Call the State Police. Their barracks is one mile down the road, they'll be the first people on-scene anyway. Ask for the officer in charge of the barracks, and see what he says."

Well, it turns out that the barracks commander thought it was a terrible idea, and requested contact information for the board members. Once the board was informed that their role-player would be arrested, if he wasn't shot first, they decided to stop and reconsider. Eventually they did the drill with a guy walking in with a safety vest on, bearing a letter from Corporate and saying "this is a safety drill, you are to pretend that I have a gun and am demanding drugs, do what you would really do if that was happening."

I swear, some people are too stupid to live.


Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: Outbreak on May 12, 2013, 02:43:07 am
You'd have to find an equally stupid actor to play a "man with a gun."
Title: Re: Idiot publicity stunt
Post by: Coronach on May 12, 2013, 03:21:27 am
Yeah, my first thought in all of these is "who thinks that is a good idea and approves it???" followed immediately by "who the heck VOLUNTEERS to be the guy with the gun????"