Britt McHenry is currently suspended, but should she be fired?
Fox News is reporting that Advanced Towing, the company that initially towed McHenry’s car, doesn’t think so.
“Parking enforcement is contentious by nature,” Advanced towing said in a statement released Friday. “At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments.
“As a small business, we saw no benefit to releasing the video except to highlight personal attacks employees in jobs like towing, public parking enforcement and others sometimes encounter. The video was not licensed or sold to anyone.”
Other people have come forward to say they have had issues with Advanced Towing, some even saying they had issues with the same lot attendant, Gina Michelle. Still, the verbal abuse McHenry unleashed upon Michelle was over the line, recorded or not. Michelle had even told McHenry that there was surveillance camera recording her during her tirade.
For her part, McHenry did issue an apology on Twitter. “In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” McHenry wrote.
“As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”
According to the New York Daily News, it appears McHenry had forgotten a post she put on her Facebook page on March 29, extolling the virtue of kindness. “Take the high road and be nice to people. Amazing how a small kind gesture can go so far, yet similarly so can the impact of negative words. Don’t choose the latter,” McHenry wrote.
Just one week later, McHenry was tearing into Michelle. The 28-year-old McHenry berated Michelle’s job, physical features, and education after McHenry’s car was towed from the front of a Virginia restaurant on April 5.
“I’m on television, and you’re in a f—ing trailer, honey,” McHenry told Michelle. “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
TMZ is reporting that coworkers at ESPN are thinking that McHenry should be allowed to keep her job. All speaking on condition of anonymity, didn’t mince words. “She should have been fired,” they said.
Other comments from ESPN employees ranged from “She’s the worst. Hopefully she’ll be fired soon” from a high-level producer, to “[What she did] reflects on all of us at ESPN. She will be fired soon. If not, I’ll be shocked,” to “She came off more than rude in that clip. It seems like she needs some humble pie.”
Perhaps the feelings of those at ESPN can be put best by this anonymous quote from a famous employee; “Put it like this, she’s replaceable.”
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