On Britt McHenry and Towing Scams

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I’m sure you’ve seen the news already, but today has been a rough one for Britt McHenry, Quaz No. 183 and someone I’ve come to consider a friend.

There’s a video (which, again, most of you have viewed) that shows McHenry, an up-and-coming ESPN reporter, berating a female employee at Advanced Towing. The stuff emerging from Britt’s mouth, well, it ain’t pretty. She mocks the woman’s teeth and weight, boasts about being on television, etc … etc. Again, it’s cringe-worthy, mainly because it reeks of the sort of my-shit-don’t-stink-and-yours-smells-like-rotted-flesh that most of us left behind in 11th grade. In and of itself, it’s damning and awful and Britt should be ashamed.

Hell, ESPN even had her apologize (which she did on Twitter) before suspending her for a week. This is what she wrote …

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 5.13.56 PMI feel a little biased here, because I genuinely like Britt. I feel a little let down here, because—even if someone were completely reprehensible—appearances are off limits for me. “You’re a dick”—fine. “Fuck off, you whore”—OK. “I hope 1,000 leeches suck the brown marrow from your anal cavity!” All good. But weight and teeth … eh. Not so great.

That being said, I’m equally put off by the rush to anoint Britt the new Satan. Let’s look at the circumstances for a minute. She parks her car to eat at a restaurant. She’s eating at a restaurant. She leaves the restaurant. Her car has been towed by what appears to be a scam company that feeds off of inappropriate towing nonsense. Britt McHenry is livid. Rightly livid. She has to get fetch her impounded car, knowing it wasn’t rightly impounded. She has to fork over money she shouldn’t be forking over. She’s 100-percent aware she’s being taken advantage of, and before her is a woman who works for the very company that is stealing her money and ruining her evening.

So she tees off.

Again, the stuff she said was gross. And, as I noted when Riley Cooper used the n-word a few years back, the best way to judge folks is when they don’t have to be nice; when they’re not in front of a camera and speaking with the press.

But can I say—with 100-percent certainty—that my frustration wouldn’t have boiled over, too? That I wouldn’t have stared that woman down and said, “Fuck you, fuck him, fuck her. I hope you all fucking die”?

No, I can’t.

We’re all human.

10 thoughts on “On Britt McHenry and Towing Scams”

  1. Yeah it’s fine and dandy to be upset. I get it. It’s okay to be mad. But it isn’t okay to take your anger out on someone who is just trying to earn a living. I highly doubt that the woman who was belittled by Britt was the actual person who had towed her car. That woman was just doing her job. I used to work at our county sherriff’s department doing tow releases and have dealt with some horrible people. I was just doing my job. I didn’t tow their cars. But I was treated as if I were the scum if the earth who was “out to get them.” In fact, I had 2 people who had tried to jump over the counter at me and luckily, there was an officer there to help. Call me a jerk or what you will, but I emailed ESPN and had told them I have forwarded the video of this temper tantrum throwing snob to the 702 friends I have on Facebook (which I really did) and have encouraged them to send it to their friends. I’ve been angry several times in my life, but I have NEVER treated anyone the way Britt had treated this woman. She really crossed the line. And in my eyes, ESPN loons HORRIBLE for having her on their staff. If you don’t believe me, look at all of the other sites and comments about this. And especially, look at her Facebook page. I think more people than you realize are extremely angry and upset with her. If she can’t act like a decent human being towards others, she shouldn’t be one who represents a huge network such as ESPN.

  2. sorry Jeff.
    even if the towing company is 100% wrong and run by Hitler—-and we have zero proof yet that it is—-the poor person working the desk doesn’t deserve that.
    no decent human being does….and it appears the worker kept her cool a lot better than many of us would have.

    McHenry comes across here as another entitled “it’s all about me!” pseudo-celebrity who thinks regular people are beneath her.
    and a lame Forced By (and probably written by) Management “apology” on twitter won’t change that.

    PS, gotta admire ESPN for taking such a strong stand.
    I’m sure that week’s paid vacation will be devastating for her!

    1. Cd1515- I couldn’t agree more. She’s not hurting from that week’s paid vacation. She’s probably off in a “beauty pageant” in Fiji as we speak. I don’t normally attack people and get upset, because I don’t expect much from many people. But I’m tired of hearing about and seeing people being belittled because they aren’t as beautiful, educated, rich, smart, etc. as others may be. We are all different and serve different purposes in this world and fit where we belong. I’m just disgusted and am fed up with people who think they are better than other people.

      1. good points Valerie.
        when I hear ugly views expressed like this, the cynic in me tends to think it’s not the first time she’s said them or thought them.
        did all that arrogance magically and suddenly just come flying out of her mouth for no reason at age 25 (or whatever she is)?
        I doubt it.

      2. Cd1515, thank you. When I see this young woman I think “wow, she’s beautiful!” But when I heard what had come out of her mouth, I thought “wow, what an ugly girl.” Again, I know we all get angry at times, and yes, that’s human nature. We aren’t perfect. There are times it’s hard to control our anger. Oddly enough, I would respect her a little more if she even just cussed her out (not that I condone it). The fact that she trashed the way this woman looks was so hurtful. Not everyone has a decent paying job at ESPN and can afford to go to a dentist. Dentists are expensive! I would never belittle someone for having “no teeth” or whatnot. Does Britt think that this woman just loves having missing teeth? C’mon, who really wants to have to live with that? I just can’t find in my heart any way to defend Britt, like the author has done. I want to, but I just can’t. There are no good excuses for her actions.

      1. Cd1515- we should all call 1-888-549-3776 to request she be let go. That’s ESPN’s customer service number. I’m just evil. But I’m tired of people like her. She’s disgusting.

  3. Thanks for the disclaimer that you are her friend. Doesnt make your opinion any less valid, but it does put your opinion in the proper context. The woman working behind the counter deals with this crap all day every day. Its her job. Kudos to her for putting up with it. Regardless of the business practices of the company she works for, though, she doesnt deserve this type of treatment. And, “we’re all human” doesnt give anyone the free pass to berate someone like that. Sorry, but your friend is not a good person. But your excuse for having bad people as friends can be “we’re all human”, too.

    1. Good comment.

      Sorry, Jeff. Britt McHenry showed us her true colors. She truly believes she’s, prettier, smarter, more educated and just better than everyone. Who would EVER bring up a clerk’s teeth or weight – because of “stress”. Britt McHenry is a vicious entitled bully.
      ESPN should drop her like a hot potato.

  4. Despite her credentials, this woman is yet another vapid, interchangeable, and entitled “sports journalist.” They grow these women on a farm in Podunk, but they’re generally magnanimous toward the scums who weren’t fortunate enough to grow up statuesque, blonde, and with the ability to hold a microphone in someone’s face for minutes at a time.

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