Down Terre Haute way, the big story alleges that a TV station "Master Control" operator -- the guy who orchestrates the final product 24/7/365, and tries to keep the robots out of trouble -- got fired and then came back in the middle of the night (when there would be one or two people in the place, one of them doing his old job) and put several rounds through the front door and cars in the lot.
The suspect is in jail now. "Criminal recklessness with a firearm," a felony charge.
I'm tempted to file this under "stupid pranks," except it reflects a level of heedlessness that goes well past a mere "prank."
Rumor claims the suspect either wanted to carry at work or had simply proceeded to do so -- and even the smaller outposts of the Giant Oldstream Media Complex are not, generally, comfy with that. While a degree of apprehension is understandable (the place looks to be a short drive from the middle of nowhere -- scroll down to "about our stations"), carrying firearms at work is not protected by state law; employers have a right to tell you what you can or cannot be having on or about your person while on their dime.
Gun locked in your car at work? Legal as church on Sunday (with a few Fed-type exceptions) and you have recourse if you get the ax for it. On your belt at work, not so much. Don't like it? Find other work. (Or, I suppose, learn that "concealed is concealed" and it's your rules-scoffing rump if you get caught; I wouldn't roll those dice, but I have house payments.)
All that aside, returning after termination and sending a few rounds into the building doesn't do anyone any good; it's just grist for the anti mill. (For example...) Way to go, stupid; not only have you almost certainly put yourself in a world of hurt (and lifetime disarmament), you've done gunnies dirt, too.
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