Monday, April 30, 2018

Pitchforks and torches? Or instant karma?

On April 14, 2018, Bibb County police in Georgia arrested 71 year old Judy Tucker (who by now, might have turned 72) after she and her son, Robbie Tucker, attacked two female soldiers at a Cheddar's restaurant near Macon.  Tucker and her son were apparently angry that 27 year old Treasure Sharpe and 34 year old Stephanie Mitchell had gotten in their way as they were trying to park.  Tucker and her son told the women they should "learn how to park", then referred to them as black lesbian bitches.

While Tucker and her son were confronting the two women, one of them pulled out a camera, which enraged Judy Tucker.  She tried to grab the phone and ended up pushing Sharpe, who exclaimed that she's pregnant.  Tucker was arrested on a simple battery charge and led away in handcuffs, sobbing.  Her bail was set at $650 and Tucker was apparently left bleeding after the brawl.

Now, it seems that both Judy and Robbie Tucker are paying dearly for their racist and violent actions.  Robbie Tucker either owns or owned a used Corvette dealership called Corvette Classics.  Now, it appears that his business has closed.  Judy Tucker used to teach art classes at Mercer University, but that gig has now ended, thanks to the violent scene at Cheddar's involving her and the soldiers.  The Yelp! page for Judy's art restoration business has been overrun with nasty comments and fake one star reviews.

And Darden Restaurants, which owns Cheddar's, has evidently banned Tucker and her son from the premises.  I wonder if that includes all of their restaurants (because Darden owns a lot of them) or just the Cheddar's location in Macon.

On the surface, these turns of events seem like just desserts to a lot of people.  Judy Tucker and her son behaved horribly.  They made vile, racist comments, battered a pregnant woman, and disrespected two women in uniform.  I used to live in Georgia.  I know how much the military is respected there.

However, having thought about this issue a bit, I think it's wrong for people who have never done business with the Tuckers to try to ruin their livelihoods.  I mean, I totally get the sentiment.  I can completely understand the disgust toward them.  But I think ruining the Tuckers' ability to work is ultimately the wrong thing to do.  If they can't work, how can they pay their bills?  And if they can't pay their bills, who's going to take care of them?  I think it's better to let the law handle situations like these.

On the other hand, while I'm not sure these kinds of stories make hateful, racist people stop and think before they act, they do tend to lead to acts of public ridicule and shaming that can be horrible and personally devastating. People on social media can turn into a pitchfork and torches waving crowd without considering the second and third order effects of their actions.  I mean, sure it feels good to see shitty people get their just desserts, but is it really right to serve as judge, jury, and executioner?  And will this kind of karmic action actually teach them anything?  Or will it simply make them more hateful?

This incident reminded me of one that involved me a few years ago.  In 2012, I decided not to see a P.A. (physician's assistant) at Fort Bragg because I looked her up online and didn't like what I saw.  It's not that I didn't think she was competent (although Bill did see her and wasn't impressed).  It was more that I didn't think she was mature enough to deal with my special needs when it comes to healthcare providers.  I told a few online friends, some of whom are no longer friends.  I was promptly roasted for daring to base my decision not to see a healthcare provider on what I saw on the P.A.'s social media profile.  Lots of people told me they thought it was wrong that I would judge the P.A., who would have been seeing me in a state of undress and touching private parts of my body, based on what she'd put on her Facebook and MySpace accounts.

However, as we can see from Judy Tucker's situation, many people have no qualms whatsoever basing their opinions about people solely by what they see online.  Most of the people leaving reviews on the Tuckers' businesses have never actually done business with them and are only trying to punish them.  At least in my situation, all I did was opt not to see the P.A.  I never left any bad ratings, called her bosses, or left an online review of her services.  That wouldn't have been right.  I simply chose not to deal with her.  

Likewise... while I may personally dislike what Judy and Robbie Tucker did at Cheddar's, and while I might not give them my business because of it, I don't think it's right for random people to try to destroy their businesses.  People have to be able to work.  Otherwise, they become criminals and/or mooches.  Moreover, Mrs. Tucker presumably still has to deal with the actual judge.

Also, once again I notice that when people leave their bad reviews, the worst insult they can think of is calling someone "fat".

People need to come up with more intelligent insults.

Anyway, I'm not sure what got into the Tuckers on that fateful day in Macon.  They behaved badly and are now paying the price... literally.

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