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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Missing Person Farce

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I didn't want to write this bitch, but this increasingly weird situation has driven me to share my observations on this whole thing. I'm sure by now everyone in Nova Scotia has heard of a certain missing girl. There are many people who have taken this situation and shown exactly what a strong community does in times of tragedy. They've come together and done what they can to help bring this poor girl home, despite the high unlikelihood of a positive result as the days pass by. However, this whole situation has increasingly grown into a complete farce. Despite what many of you residents of think, helping with a missing person case is not a fashion statement. This is not a competition to see who can put the most posters up, to use as a conversation starter about how much you're doing to help at the water cooler. I understand putting these posters up is necessary to get the word out. But putting multiple posters up on every single telephone pole for kilometre after kilometre (and I mean every single pole, not an exaggeration) is excessive, and I have to question your motives. I'm sure many of you have the interest of this girl at heart, but there are others who simply are doing this to gain some sort of acceptance from the broad population. This is also not a competition to see who can put on the highest attended event, or using as a monetary gain. A candle light vigil, absolutely legitimate, a place to come together and spread hope of bringing this girl home. A gathering to release balloons as a show of support, yes, I suppose this would also be legitimate. If, of course, you didn't charge people to participate. To the family of this girl, having your daughter go missing is a horrible, unthinkable situation. But you are looking terrible in the public eye when you are accepting these donations. It looks as though you are using this situation as a cash grab. This whole thing looks fucking weird. I know myself, that no one in my family would even contemplate accepting any money from the public. I guess it's a pride thing. This whole thing has been completely bastardized. There is such a thing as overdoing it in just about every situation. What is going on now is a prime example. Maybe I'll look like a heartless dick for bringing these situations up, but simply saying you're doing this for the right reasons doesn't make it so. Here's hoping she's brought home safe. — Disappointed in My Hometown

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