Thursday, December 13, 2012

Prank Call Gone Wrong: DJs Respond to Nurse's Death

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It was a shock to hear last week that one of the nurses who answered the phone when two Australian DJs made a prank call was dead, and had committed suicide. The DJs, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles called the private hospital where Kate Middleton was admitted for morning sickness to get some laughs for their readers. No one could have foreseen it would end this way.

From what I can tell from news reports, the nurse who killed herself, Jacintha Saldanha, was the receptionist who picked the call, and then actually transferred them to someone on the ward. I listened to the call myself and she did not say more than a couple of sentences. I found it difficult to make the stretch from the prank call to the apparent suicide for a wife and mother of two teenagers.

To be honest though, I don't know her, and I don't know what she may have been going through even before the prank call, maybe the prank and the backlash she expected from family, friends, her employers and the general public became too much, the final straw that broke the proverbial camel's back. As might be expected, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the two Australian DJs behind the hoax, are totally broken up as seen in a recent interview.

I said in a recent post that I enjoy pranks, whether pulled on me, or when I pull one on someone else. This news kind of takes some of the fun out of pranks, for instance, I don't see these two DJs going back to prank calls for a while. But pranks are just practical jokes, and while I hope such comedians that specialize in pranks think more carefully about their pranks, especially on total strangers, I also wish we can keep that element of fun.

I pray for Jacintha Saldanha and her family as well these two DJs. May they all find peace.


  1. I'm so glad you said that! I also think it's totally unfair of people to blame these two people for someone's death.

    I mean, we have prank callers MUCH worse in South Africa who say really mean things to people and nothing gets said to them about how this is done.

    But now these two people who didn't intend any harm are getting mauled for something that was intended to be completely silly and light-hearted.

    Maybe what they did was, as you said, the straw that broke the camel's back, but even then, how can the get ALL the blame for someone's life being lost?

    Times like this, I begin to wonder if the world hasn't gone insane while I wasn't looking.

  2. I don't think it's fair to blame them completely. They really meant no harm. It was a tragic turn of events.

  3. This is a very bad turn of events. May she Rest In Peace. It was meant to bring fun and not pain.

  4. may she RIP. I don't believe that the DJs should be held responsible.

  5. I personally hate being made to look like a moron like that, so I would never want a prank being pulled on me. And yet I absolutely loved that "puppet" TV show, CRANK YANKERS - hilarious.

    I do think that what you said is accurate - this was probably the last straw for this poor woman.

  6. I remember the first thing I though of when my husband mentioned it wa in the news was she had mental problems most likely depression or something more dire. I don't blame the hosts - at all.

  7. Thanks for all your comments :)

  8. We have learned how a prank could turn sour, so let's know how to play.


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