Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Empire State Building tells cancer kid parents they're a bunch of irresponsible, abusive bullies (updated!)

At first glance it wouldn't seem like the kind of conversation most likely to turn ugly.  File this under "you can't make this stuff up."  Here's the gist of it:  A little girl has cancer.  Her father asked the Empire State Building to make one small gesture in support of pediatric cancer awareness, a gesture of a type it freely makes nearly every single day for all kinds of causes--some worthy, and some not so much.  The building supervisors said "no" -- in large part because they can't be bothered to deal with requests from mere peons (don't believe me?  Read on).  The little girl's disappointed dad hit the social media circuit.  When a New York TV reporter (who's a friend of mine) read me by phone the building supervisors' response to that, I laughed so hard that my cats ran into the other room, hid under the bed, and wouldn't come out for an hour.  Listen for yourself to see what provoked that response.  (Update: check the link at the bottom of the page for breaking news!)

Below is a picture file giving the Empire State Building's response to the social media campaign, presented verbatim, followed by a link to some of Fox 5's coverage.

Click this link to see some of Fox 5 reporter Joel Waldman's coverage of this issue.

Update:  Times Square accepted the challenge!  It's going gold!

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