Monday, January 26, 2009

Travolta Extortion Is a New Low

While it is OK to sit from afar and question the impact of Scientology practices and dogma on the death of John Travolta's son Jett, trying to profit from it is wrong and unethical. It appears that Bahamian "ambulance driver" Tarino Lightbourne and Bahamian Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe (not to be confused with Obi Wankanobe) tried to extort $20 million to keep a cell phone image of the dead teen (taken by Lightbourne) from being released to the public. Also, the co-conspirators were threatening to leak "circumstances surrounding Jett's death" to the media. What scum these two are! As an EMT (or medical professional) patient confidentiality is a prime directive. First, using the cell phone was wrong (who was doing CPR)? Second, trying to profit from it was wrong. In terms of the Tourism Minister, he was reportedly a friend of the Travolta family. It is amazing and a shame how greed ruins people. I hope the bastards get what they deserve.

Along the same lines, it may be time to ban cell phones with cameras from ambulances and hospital patient care areas. Just try and use a cell phone camera in a Las Vegas casino and you will be quickly contacted by security. We cling to our cell phones, but, like anything, they are misused.

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