Found on Boing Boing and elsewhere, a middle aged woman throws away a cat.
The backlash on this has been amazing. Within 24 hours of posting this CCTV clip online, the ubiquitous eThey uncovered the lady's identity. Now she's got some mild police protection because of what can be construed as death threats from around the world. Since she's issued the most banal of apologies evah, followed by 'I don't know what the fuss is about. It's just a cat,' more threats and anger are sure to follow.
I'll be tracking it to see how long the outrage lasts because I have a story based on the idea of the online life of severe emotion. (In my story, it's to do with the death of someone famous, but it's kinda similar.)
More intriguing has been all the armchair psychological analysis on the lady. Of course most people side with the cat, but speculation runs the gamut from psychopath to annoyed old lady cuz the cat poos in her flowers. One thing is clear from the clip; she's in full control, she checks around to see if anyone's watching. But like most people, she forgot to look up.
What do you think? What do you think drove her to do this? What kind of personality drops a cat in a bin?