Are ballistic missile alerts the new booty call?

An incoming missile alert plunged residents of Hawaii into panic on Saturday morning before it was declared a false alarm. Mobile phone users received a message saying: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

State Governor David Ige apologised and said it was caused by an employee pressing the wrong button. The false warning message was sent to people’s mobile devices, and was also broadcast on television and radio stations.

The phone message notification, all in capital letters, went out at 08:07 (18:07 GMT). It was corrected by email 18 minutes later but there was no follow-up mobile text for 38 minutes, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

Lots of people are upset with the U.S. government concerning this mistake, but I don’t throw stones from glass Uber pools. Who hasn’t sent a text that they later regretted? If I wake up on a Saturday morning, and a nuclear bomb threat is the scariest thing I find on my phone, I’m going to chalk that up as a win. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being me waking up to find I put up a snapchat story of me and my friends running around naked at 2am, I’d put a nuclear war text at about a 7, 7.5 at the highest.

I actually really like this tactic, and I think I might start using it. Girls rarely answer my texts, but if I replace my go to “yo” with “Ballistic missile threat inbound. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill” I feel like there’s a much higher chance of getting a response. No one’s going to respond to a missile threat with a “sorry I fell asleep” the next morning.

It also much suck to be the employee who pressed the wrong button. Like you know the feeling when you accidentally hit “reply all” instead of “reply”? Picture that, except instead of getting a passive aggressive email from a coworker, you put your country at the brink of a nuclear war.

The conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but think that this wasn’t an accident. Like I feel this is a tough mistake to make. I’d assume the button that sends a text to everyone stating that we’re all about to die, isn’t right next to the button to order take out or something. Then again, maybe its just human nature. If I went to work everyday, and there was a big red button that I was told not to touch no matter what, I’d give myself a week before I hit it as hard as I can.

So yea, I think we should be a little more forgiving to the poor person who accidentally made millions of people fear for their lives. Everyone makes mistake.

 

 

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