UPDATE: With all the #riot apologies going on, I do feel it necessary to come clean and make my own apology: http://www.todbits.com/cerealriot
Yet another one of a growing number of rioting criminals who have posted “I’m so sorry” blog posts in the last couple of days. It’s pretty obvious they post these only when pretty much everyone knows they were involved.
In her blog post, she first apologizes, then spends the vast majority of the post defending her actions.
I posted the following on her blog, but my guess is she won’t publish my comment, so here’s what I wrote:
Thanks for the post. I’m sorry that you received hate tweets/email. I hope, in the interests of honest dialogue, you’ll elect to keep this comment on your site.
Fact is, I find it hard to believe an apology from someone who first apologizes, then spends the next 4/5ths of her essay defending her actions. It was alcohol. It was the mob. It was adrenaline.
No, I’m sorry, but it was just you.
You drank too much (by your own admission) and that made you do stupid things. Agreed. But don’t blame the alcohol as if it were controlling you mindlessly. You chose to drink. You chose to keep drinking past the point of logical reason and thought.
YOU made these decisions, not alcohol.
YOU chose to run into a store and steal, not “the mob.”
“It was only theft,” you say. I think that speaks for itself as to the veracity of your “apology.”
And your line that “On any regular day I would not condone looting” is perhaps the most ludicrous of all. By extension of this logic, and your pages and pages of defence, it’s clear you believe there are certain days and certain conditions where looting is appropriate.
Let me speak on behalf of EVERYONE ELSE IN VANCOUVER when I tell you that, no, there are no conditions — no “other days” — in which what you did was appropriate.
Are there certain days when murder is appropriate? If you were a judge, would you accept a defence of “On any regular day, I would not condone murdering her.” No. You wouldn’t.
I’m glad you took this step toward reconciliation. I think perhaps you should re-consider your relationship with alcohol.
And I’m afraid I do hope you get the book thrown at you.