Some folks need nuggets

Published 9:12 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In news on Tuesday, there were at least two people whose “give-a-damn is busted,” as the popular country song says.

The first I read was about an Ohio woman who was “loving her chicken McNuggets a little too much,” as the Associated Press so eloquently put it.

The story was about a 25-year-old woman who flipped out at the drive-thru window when employees wouldn’t serve her McNuggets.

Why not? Because they were still serving breakfast, a McDonald’s employee told her.

“Hungry and outraged, (the woman) hit the employee in the face,” the AP story reported. “The manager rushed over, and (the woman) threw a few more punches, but the manager fought back and started pulling the angry customer’s hair.

“Eventually the window was closed, but she broke it with an object from her car.”

(The woman) has been charged with vandalism.”

A JetBlue flight attendant was suspended Tuesday after accusations that he cursed a passenger over a plane’s loudspeakers, grabbed some beer from the galley and exited on the emergency slide.

Now how many times in life have we all wished we could have grabbed some sort of beverage and pulled the emergency handle after our own “give-a-damn was busted?” What is it about life that causes us to lash out and lose our cool?

There are two sides to my anger – the sulking silence when I know that I’m wrong and the other person is right, and the veritable screaming shrew when I am just mad. But, I guess most people tend to suppress the things that bother them. That they take and take and take, until they just can’t take it any more. I would imagine that’s about the time they grab a beer, cuss out some folks and pull the emergency slide.

Of course, there are those people who are just flat out crazy.

Take this guy in New York who was charged with animal cruelty, for example.

Police in Buffalo, N.Y., said a traffic stop led to animal cruelty charges after they found a live cat “marinating” in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car.

Buffalo police say officers heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga to ticket him for running a stop sign Sunday night.

Inside the trunk, police found 4-year-old Navarro in a cage, his fur covered with oil, crushed red peppers and chili peppers.

Police say Korkuc told them he did it because Navarro was ill tempered and that he was going to cook Navarro. Animal advocates have cleaned Navarro and put him up for adoption.

Mercy, at the people in this world.