Monday, 17 February 2014

Worldwide Drinking Game Neknomination Kills

A worldwide drinking game craze has become a sensation. For all the wrong reasons, people are believing that this is an innocent game that has become a phenomenon, for being a 'fun' thing to do. Neknomination, the name for the drinking game, is seemingly just a drinking game where friends nominate someone via social media to do a 'drinking dare'.

Neknomination is believed to be a game that was invented with the concept of downing one pint of some kind of alcohol very quickly and posting the video for others to view. Neknomination appears to have started off as a game to play for a fun challenge but it has escalated into some dangerous activities going on throughout the world.

In the news recently there have been a few stories reported of those that have risked their lives by doing a Neknomination drinking dare and the consequences have sadly proved fatal. The 'challenges' and 'dares' are widespread becoming more dangerous and some have now even been lethal and resulted in deaths.

The focus on this drinking game has radically turned into extreme risks that people are taking (some oblivious to the reality of what they are doing). In some instances, alcohol has been used with shockingly high content and usually spirits that are not mixed with anything. The speed at which people are drinking large quantities of high percentage ABV and other substances that should not be swallowed (mouthwash or laundry detergent anyone??) is putting health and life at risk.

Further news has been announced that those people that 'nominate' a friend to do a drinking dare (with their friend ending up dead as a result of the dare in question) could find themselves potentially up for a charge of manslaughter as a result of the death. Now don't get me wrong, I do like to enjoy socialising and consuming a drink or two for a good time but I feel that people need to be informed of this information to prevent anymore deaths from occurring unnecessarily.

Neknomination in my opinion is as bad as drinking a bottle of bleach, swallowing bottles full of pills or putting a gun to your head. People need to wake up and say no to this trend that will devastate the families and friends of the next victim.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Elderly Lady Steals From Shops

So I was reading an article online this week about an elderly lady that had been caught shoplifting on numerous occasions and had been summoned into court to explain herself. Wow, I thought to myself, I imagined reading down the article and seeing another case of someone being too poor to put dinner on the table, heat their home and basically survive. I felt that this lady would have been completely embarrassed and mortified if she knew that she had been caught trying to take items from shops to survive and was just struggling like a lot of other people have done in tough times. Nope, I was completely wrong...turns out this lady was stealing from shops, not stealing things that she wanted or needed but was stealing out of BOREDOM of being old. Now correct me if I am wrong but quite a lot of people had commented on this article saying "Aw poor little old lady she must be so lonely" and other such comments and I felt a bit outraged at the sympathy - surely I am right in opposing that sympathetic view? Well, I felt compelled to write this blog post to say I do NOT condone her behavior one bit! I have been brought up to know that stealing is wrong, there is simply no excuse for doing it. My view is that this lady (who has family that are alive by the way) could fill her days doing anything that she wished to do, that she would still have the ability to do. If she was mobile she could exercise or go dancing, if she still has her sight then she could read, she still has family so they could visit her, she could go out for meals with other people, she could find out about facilities in the area that bring lonely people together, she could basically do a lot better than stealing pointless items for no reason. I think she was ordered to pay some fines and a little bit of money towards the shops that she had stolen from but her selfish act was leaving stores out of pocket because she simply did not care about keeping her self-respect and dignity and finding other ways to communicate and interact with others. There is a saying: 'If you can't do the time, then don't do the crime' and I think she should have been punished heavily with a jail sentence to show an example to all ages that stealing is unacceptable. Harsh but fair I think.