Let the Healing Begin.....
The Network hired a young Boston artist to place electronic boards, bedecked with lights and wires, under bridges, near major hospitals, etc. Pandemonium ensued as both interstate highways and major Boston arteries were shut down, along with the Charles River itself. It turns out that these aggregations of wires, placed artfully under train tracks, glow at night. Unfortunately, they were found during the day, when their charm was not so readily apparent. Now, any enterprising terrorist could be churning these 'harmless' devices out, with real bombs in them, designed to explode upon impact as they are taken down. How very clever and helpful, Cartoon Network.
Mr. Carr's callers described their various situations. One lady had taken a personal day off from work in order to have a doctor appointment - she spent the day trapped in traffic, and must reschedule and take another day. Another lady described how her husband, a delivery man, was in trouble at his job for being unable to deliver time-sensitive packages; indeed, both FedEx and UPS will have to pay a pretty penny for late arrival fees. Another caller pointed out that since the areas closed were adjacent to major hospitals, it was an exceedingly bad day to have a heart attack. While the various emergency agencies may receive reimbursement for police and bomb squads from the Cartoon Network and Turner Broadcasting, nobody is likely to reimburse the lady who lost a day's pay.
As Governor Patrick said, "It appears to be a hoax, but it isn't funny".
Porcupine has a few suggestions for the Cartoon Network to begin to make amends.
First, there should be an apology from Frylock the French Fries, the most articulate member of the cast of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Some sort of 'Something You Should Know' moment.
Next, in the spirit of helping Boston, young Stewie Griffin should be dispatched from Quahog to act as a spokesman for Mayor Mumbles Menino. Just imagine Menino's office replete with Stewie-isms like "Nothing says "Obey Me" like a bloody head on a fence post!"
And finally, Mr. Turner? Cartoon Network? As young Stewie would say, Send money. Lots of money. Right now.