2 01 07 Reactions to the Ad Campaign that Triggered Bostons Bomb Scare

OK, I’ll admit it. For ten minutes or so yesterday, I was scared. And in my opinion, that is all it takes. I watch the news and listen to talk radio during the day. So when I heard the reports of the suspicious packages being found around Boston, I got nervous. And then I got scared.

I was not personally touched by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. I was lucky enough to just watch it all unfold on television. I have neither forgotten what I watched nor how frightened I was. Because of this, when I found out that yesterday’s incident was all part of some elaborate PR campaign, I wasn’t laughing.

I fully support and admire all those people who were involved in investigating, securing and removing the devices. I appreciate the job they do every day to protect us from danger, real or not. I will not waste time second-guessing the administration of the city and the various transportation departments. (My husband rides the T everyday and I count on it to get him home safe to us every night.) But I do wonder where the people responsible for this were when all this was being played out on national television. Would a simple phone call have helped sort things out?

Yes, we all breathed a sigh of relief and today it was back to business as usual. And we all might have been able to chuckle over the whole thing if the two knuckleheads who installed these devices would have stepped forward and apologized. And it would have been nice if the Cartoon Network had apologized. It is amazing how a simple apology can get you out of a whole heap of trouble these days especially if you are a beauty queen.

But none of that has happened. Instead, these two geniuses show up in front of the cameras and refuse to speak except about hair? I’m sure that went over real well with the people who had to come bail them out of jail. (Apparently it’s a pretty nice jail because they did not appear sufficiently scared, as most good kids are after they’ve spent the night in lock-up but that’s another article.) I guess that is what we have to expect in our anything goes society. Two guys tie a city in knots and cause a national security scare, and we’re all supposed to congratulate them on a good ad campaign.

Well, not me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling for the death penalty. I am not nearly as upset as the guy that called in to Michael Graham’s show this morning almost in tears because he was too afraid to leave his house yesterday. That guy should be calling his health insurer for a referral to a therapist, not a radio show. But as usual, I’m steamed. And I think they should pay a hefty fine and do some serious community service. (Maybe they could do some clean-up work at the WTC.)

As for the Cartoon Network, they should pay. They should reimburse the city for costs associated with the investigation. They should sponsor a “Ride the T for Free” day. And, as suggested on talk radio here this morning, a nice, cool million dollar donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank would work wonders for their image. And no, it doesn’t matter if it was the CEO, some middle management peon or the mailroom guy that came up with the idea. It was a bad idea, an irresponsible action and they need to admit it so we can all move on.

It is unfortunate that we have to be on the lookout for “suspicious packages”, just in case. But that is how it is. You play by the rules or you lose. Did I throw a big stink when , as we passed through security at a FLA airport last year, my daughter’s backpack set off the alarms? NO. Because if I had, my problems would have been bigger than a missed flight and an extra day by the pool. Inconvenient yes. The end of the world no. So, take some responsibility, already. And hopefully the Boston Police learned something, too.