A woman dies in California of water intoxication last Friday. She was taking part in a radio contest where she consumed large quantities of water
trying to win a new Wii gaming system during the morning radio show. She left after winning second place instead, and was found dead that afternooon
in her home.
Now Tuesday, 4 days after the incident, 10 station employees are fired. It is tragic for sure that a young woman, a mother, died in a contest to see
how much water a person could consume before having to urinate, but to fire ten radio station employees over it? Is that really necessary? Is that
fair? Her family is also filing a wrongful death lawsuit and a sherrif's homicide investigation continues. Homicide?
see story in Seattle Times
Was it really so ill-conceived? Where the risks not told to the participants? Were releases not signed? Perhaps they should have had a parametic on
hand, or taken her headache more seriously, but she was an adult, and had a mind of her own. She could have sought medical attention afterwards.
Some are outraged that the DJ's were talking about the risk of death and laughing about it on-air during the contest, but certainly they were not
hoping someone would die, and their jokes didn't kill her. They shouldn't be punished because of their humor-something everyone who laughed along
with them shared at the time.
If no one had died, no one would be fired over their statements, or for apparently taking the risk so lightly, but certainly their statements are NOT
what killed this woman, yet it is because of these statements I think, being cited in most stories about the incident, that make the DJ's seem
callous and irresponsible in the contest, but certainly they, and the radio station, shouldn't be held responsible for her death.
Her voluntary participation, and excesssive water consumption killed her and indeed it is a tragedy. It is also unfortunate so many have lost their
positions, and livelihoods because of it as well.
I think the firing excessive. I mean, it is understood and expected that the station does have a moral responsibility to show remorse and take some
action in such a case, but isn't one fall guy enough? Why 10?
What do you think? Do you think the firings are excessive, or is the radio station to blame? Should everyone involved be fired, and the station sued,
and someone involved even convicted personally for wrongful death?
[edit on 18-1-2007 by 2l82sk8]