You may remember the story of Australian John Patterson. A few years ago he took a tank (actually a privately owned armored personnel carrier) to the streets of western Sydney, where he plowed through cell tower sites and destroyed nine, causing millions of dollars in damage in the process. Mr. Patterson was sentenced to two years in prison for his stunt, which he claimed as the result of his desire to rid the area of the towers that caused agonizing health problems to himself and others.
One would think that such a clear cut case of insane actions would be pretty hard to frame as something heroic. One would think that stealing an armored personnel carrier and using it to run through private yards and public streets, potentially endangering ones own life and others would not be the kind of thing that could be reasonably reported as some kind of desperate, selfless attempt to stop harm from befalling others.
Yet somehow, the Australian media has done just that. Menace in an armored vehicle? No, just a concerned citizen facing a moral conflict. Actions of a disturbed lunatic? No, he just couldn’t deal with the frustration of seeing the harm those transmitters cause everyone.
For example, see this video:
Some might ask why someone who had worked for the mobile phone industry would turn against them, claiming that they cause harm to himself and all those around him and going on to destroy their property. Could it be that he just could no longer take his employer forcing him to be part of the evil conspiracy? Perhaps, but I think there’s a simpler answer. The guy probably just left his employer on bad terms and was really mad about it. It would not be the first time an employee went on some kind of tirade after being fired or having some kind of dispute.
Yet while a perfectly sane person might well get really angry at their employer after being dismissed, only a complete nutter would get in an armored vehicle and take it to the streets. Does he seem sane now? Perhaps, but it’s hard to tell from a well edited media piece, especially considering he may well have received medication or counseling while in prison. Regardless, I’d never let this guy anywhere near my wifi router.
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