A typical set up for “Scare Tactics”—the unethical hidden camera cable show that terrifies its victims for laughs by placing them in fake but real-appearing horror movie or action movie scenarios—would be to stage an armed hostage situation that everyone but the butt of the joke knows is a sham. I keep waiting for one of the hapless innocents in these vicious stunts who think they are about to die to pull out a concealed weapon and blast an actor or five to oblivion. That might teach the producers that creating fake life and death situations for any reason is cruel, irresponsible, and stupid.
In the alternative, a victim could just sue the pants off the producers and the production company; that would work too. If there is any justice, that is what will happen to the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado for getting local police to pretend to play armed thugs taking over the facility and threatening the employees…in a drill that none of them knew was a drill.
Former employee Michelle Meeker has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver alleging that an armed man confronted her last October at the Center as Meeker, a registered nurse, was tending to one of her long-term patients. Another employee told her to investigate a suspicious man sitting in the Center’s day room. When she did, the man then showed her a handgun he had in his waistband and ordered her into an another room. He told her in hushed tones that he was really a police officer, but Meeker, quite reasonably, was unsure that he was telling her the truth. Hysterical, she pleaded for her life.
At least she didn’t pull out a concealed but licensed Glock and blow him away.
Robert Baker, the executive director of the Center and one of the named defendants, explained that the facility routinely conducts safety, fire, and natural disaster drills for its residents. “Unfortunately, the training exercise alarmed some at our facility,” Baker said.
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